Hot Springs and High Adventure: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Soaring down the alpine coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Photo by Jack Affleck
Soaring down the alpine coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Photo by Jack Affleck

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

While the hot springs are a draw for many, others come for outdoor adventure. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is an unusual attraction offering cave tours, thrill rides, dining and more. The park is perched at the top of Iron Mountain, and you’ll want to spend the whole day here to experience everything it has. You can start off exploring the caverns and their distinct formations deep in the earth, and then build your courage to try Colorado’s longest alpine coaster and the Giant Canyon Swing, which is not for the faint of heart. For those who prefer tamer adventure, there’s a tram, laser tag, 4D theater and restaurants. Ride availability varies according to season. During the holidays, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park uses more than 500,000 lights to highlight the season.

Hiking to Hanging Lake

One of the most popular activities near Glenwood Springs is hiking to Hanging Lake, a crystal clear lake atop the cliffs of Glenwood Canyon. The one-mile hike is steep and the trail may be crowded, but the view is rewarding. This beloved Colorado location has suffered in recent years from overuse and even abuse by some who don’t respect and protect its natural beauty. Please take care to follow all guidelines so that we can preserve this natural treasure for years to come.

Skiing at Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Photo by Ski Sunlight
Skiing at Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Photo by Ski Sunlight

Skiing at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort

During the winter, skiers head to Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort, which is just 10 miles from Glenwood Springs. This small, but affordable family-friendly resort is best for those who prefer beginner and intermediate runs, but the resort’s East Ridge does offer some double-black diamond thrills.

Where to Dine in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs may be a small town, but it still has a wealth of excellent restaurants. Zheng Asian Bistro, owned by Mike Mercatoris and Henry Zheng, is a definite winner. Their Atomic Shrimp is a must-try, and they even have a full gluten-free and a vegan menu, if that’s what you’re after.

The Italian Underground Restaurant is another local favorite. This locale serves up authentic Italian cuisine on Glenwood Spring’s Restaurant Row, where you’ll find many other good options.

With its laid-back spirit and friendly ways, Glenwood Springs is an authentic small-town Colorado destination. Once you visit, you’ll understand why it’s a favorite with those who call Colorado home.

If You Go to Glenwood Springs

Visit Glenwood Springs
www.visitglenwood.com

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