Something magical happens when you just add water to your Rocky Mountain vacation; from the natural healing powers of Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Iron Mountain Hot Springs to the recreational paradise supplied by the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers and the unparalleled beauty of our National Natural Wonder – Hanging Lake. Dads act younger, moms laugh more. Brothers are nicer to sisters, couples rediscover each other. And along the way, everyone remembers the feeling of joy. That’s the power of our water in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Millions of years of water carved Glenwood Caverns into Iron Mountain, where today you can tour subterranean passages with amazing cave formations. Above the caverns, there are roller coasters, canyon swings, and incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley. Hundreds of years ago, the Ute Indians used the Yampah Vapor Caves to heal their bodies and minds. Now, you can soak in the healing powers of these natural steam-filled caves formed by the mineral hot springs that flow through them.
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In addition to the amazing amenities water creates in our community, Glenwood Springs is also home to all the mountain resort experiences you expect when vacationing in the Rockies. Other things to do in Glenwood Springs include hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, skiing, skydiving, and zip lining (to name a few). Plan your stress-free, fun-filled, Glenwood Springs vacation at VisitGlenwood.com!
Glenwood Hot Springs > Glenwood Springs is home to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Relax in the 104-degree thermal therapy pool or swim in the 92-degree pool with lap lanes, diving boards, and waterslides. 800-537-SWIM, 970-947-2955, hotspringspool.com
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park > Ride a scenic tram to mountain-top adventure with, thrill rides and a variety of family friendly attractions, plus guided cave tours. 'Winter on the Mountain' offers a half-million dazzling lights, a musical Christmas tree, and special holiday attractions. 800-530-1635, 970-945-4228, glenwoodcaverns.com
Iron Mountain Hot Springs > Colorado's newest hot spot for soaking and relaxation located along the Colorado River. Featuring 16 thermal mineral pools and a larger fresh water family pool with whirlpool. Bathhouse with lockers, changing rooms and the Sopris Café. 970-945-4766, ironmountainhotsprings.com
Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves > Underground vapor caves are heated with steam from natural thermal springs. Unique body treatments and massages are available. 970-945-0667, yampahspa.com
River Rafting and Kayaking > Choose from a variety of local rafting outfitters who offer mild to wild trips on the Colorado River through spectacular Glenwood Canyon. For kayakers or paddle surfers, play in the standing “G Wave” at the Glenwood Whitewater Activity Area on the Colorado River.
Biking and Hiking > To experience the Roaring Fork Valley, bikers can ride along the 44-mile Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs all the way to Aspen. The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail is 16 paved miles and runs parallel to the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek are popular hiking trails.
Farmers Market > For over 20 years, the Tuesday evening downtown Farmers’ Market has featured farm-fresh goods from local western slope vendors. Operating mid-June through October; offering all-natural meats, baked goods, hand-crafted pasta, fresh vegetables, melons, flowers, honey, arts and crafts, arts, crafts, and live entertainment.
Historic Downtown > Named one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, the historic downtown of Glenwood Springs has a variety of unique shops, art galleries and restaurants.