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Glenwood Springs - Northwest Colorado

Includes New Castle

Soaking in the largest hot springs pool in the world (it's 405' by 100') and gazing up at pine-covered mountain peaks, you'll understand why the Ute Indians and the wealthy miners and European aristocrats treasured Glenwood Springs. In 1882, the town grew catering to the rich from around the world. Doc Holliday, the gunslinger known for his involvement in the OK Corral shootout, died and lies in the Linwood Cemetery.

Iron Mountain Hot Spring, Colorado
Enjoy the View at Iron Mountain Hot Springs Along the Colorado River
Downtown Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Downtown Glenwood Springs Offers Dinning and Shopping


The Hotel Colorado opened in the early 1890s known for being a luxurious summer destination catering to the rich and famous. Teddy Roosevelt stayed here for a summer during his term as President; three U.S. presidents have been known to vacation here. Today, people come for the history and hot springs as much as the rugged and beautiful surroundings.

Glenwood Canyon offers recreational fun for all families. There is a 16-mile paved bike path that connects four rest areas: Bair Ranch, Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek, and No Name. At each of these rest areas you will find a parking lot, restrooms, a picnic area, trash containers, and access to hiking trails. One of the best hiking trail in the area is Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark. It was designated as one in 2011 for it's outstanding geological resources; it represents a spectacular example of a lake formed by travertine deposition and comprises a rare wetland ecosystem including waterfalls and hanging gardens.

Biking, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Enjoy biking in Glenwood Springs
Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark , Colorado
Hike to Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark


This area is also popular with spelunkers (cave explorers) because of the number of caves and one of the largest underground rivers in the country. The vapor caves is a unique attraction because spring water flows through the floors at 125 degrees creating underground geothermal steam baths. Many people come here to ward off colds and other minor illnesses like the Utes did back in the day.

Winter enthusiasts will love this area for the cross-country skiing and downhill skiing. Sunlight Mountain Resort is only 30 minutes away and offers 67 trails covering over 600 acres of land. Sunlight is home to one of the steepest and one of the longest trails in Colorado.

Colorado River Rafting, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Experience the Thrill of the Alpine Coaster
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort near Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Enjoy a day of fun at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort


Glenwood Springs is located at the intersection of The Colorado River and Roaring Fork River. Raft on world-class whitewaters and enjoy breathtaking scenery if you can look away from the excitement! The river offers rough rapids as well as laid-back floats down-river.

The Glenwood Springs Whitewater Activity Area, known as the first man-made whitewater feature built on the entire length of The Colorado River, is located immediately upstream from the Midland Ave Bridge. The park hosts annual events such as Throw Down Show Down.

The White River National Forest as well as four wilderness areas are open for various other activities. Camping, fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding, ATV/Jeeping, zipline, golfing, hunting, snowmobiling, and much more!

Glenwood Springs is 117-miles from the Colorado-Utah border and 157 miles west of Denver along Interstate-70.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the Glenwood Springs Airport and the Garfield County Regional Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements. Glenwood Springs is 181-miles west of Denver International Airport (DIA).

Glenwood Springs is near: Aspen & Snowmass Village, Crystal River Valley, Gypsum, Rifle, Ruedi Reservoir Area, & Sweetwater

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Featured Glenwood Springs Businesses

Adventure Paragliding - Tandem Flights - Glenwood Springs
Come fly with Adventure Paragliding! Experience for yourself the freedom and exhilaration of paragliding! You will fly tandem, with a certified instructor, over stunning Colorado River Valley in Glenwood Springs.

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Ami's Acres Campground
Secluded campground in Glenwood Springs with easy access off I-70, at exit 114. Hot springs pool, only 3 miles. E-X-T-R-A L-O-N-G P-U-L-L T-H-R-U RV Sites. Tent sites with views of The Colorado River.

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Avalanche Ranch: Cabins and Hot Springs Along the Crystal River
Near Redstone, between Aspen and Glenwood, along the Crystal River. 3 hot springs pools! Avalanche Vacation Home. Log Ranch Cabins. Shepherd Wagons. Pet welcome! Winter Skiing! Stocked trout pond.

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Crystal River Jeep Tours
Experienced guides take you into the Upper Crystal River Valley and White River National Forest. FAMILY FUN, where pavement ends! Sightseeing tours in classic Jeeps: historic Crystal Mill, Lead King Basin.

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Defiance Rafting
RAFT like a LOCAL! Family-friendly whitewater rafting trips on The Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. Defiance is near Glenwood Springs in beautiful Glenwood Canyon. Let's unplug and have an adventure.

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Lookout Grille
A FUNDAY for your family! Take the Glenwood Gondola to the top of Iron Mountain! Experience Caverns Adventure Park: cave tours, thrill rides, Colorado's first 4D Motion Theater! Relax at Lookout Grille Dining.

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Glenwood Springs Jeep Rental - Jeep Wranglers
We offer outdoor adventure; rental a new Jeep Wranglers are perfect for exploring the backcountry roads around Glenwood Springs. We have 6 Jeeps; each seat 5 people. Family Fun! See Hubbard's Cave!

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Iron Mountain Hot Springs Along the Colorado River
In Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Relax at Iron Mountain -- Rejuvenate in 100% Natural Hot Springs. 16 soaking pools, a family pool, bathhouse, Cafe, swim shop. Thermal Mineral Iron-Rich Restoring Water.

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Rodeway Inn Hotel- Glenwood Springs
Rodeway Inn is 12 miles from Ski Sunlight. Affordable Glenwood Springs hotel near hot spring pools. Large Family Suites: WiFi, refrigerator, microwave, Jacuzzi, king bed, fireplace. Continental breakfast.

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Glenwood Springs Activities & Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark

Middle Colorado River Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Colorado River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Rifle Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Hot Springs:
Glenwood Springs Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort

Glenwood Springs Snowmobile Trails
Rifle Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Aspen & Crystal River Valley Area Map

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