10 Things to Do in Glenwood Springs That You Shouldn't Miss

September 22, 2017 Agatha Simes

The City of Glenwood Springs is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Glenwood Springs is located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, threading together the Roaring Fork Valley and a series of smaller towns up and down the Colorado River. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,614.
Restaurants in Glenwood Springs

1. Hanging Lake Trail

Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs, CO
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5 based on 1 reviews

Hanging Lake Trail

Reviewed By jessicamness - Denver, Colorado

Loved the hike...the top was well worth scaling the icey conditions up (given we went in March). Would highly recommend appropriate attire and research conditions before going during this time of year. May not be appropriate for young children given the icey conditions we encountered. Great hike overall though!! Will definitely be back! Enjoy!

2. Hanging Lake

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 +1 303-990-1813
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5 based on 486 reviews

Hanging Lake

Located in Glenwood Canyon.

Reviewed By lang2281 - Northeastern Colorado

This was a great hike for a couple! Do note it is not a easy hike by any standards but is definitely worth it. Plan on Parking to be a pain but it sounds like they are addressing this by shuttling people in sometime in the future.

3. Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

Glenwood Springs, CO +1 970-945-9425
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4.5 based on 351 reviews

Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

This bike trail winds through a canyon and offers scenic vistas of the Colorado River.

Reviewed By Antigoniesq

We walked for hours on this beautiful paved trail. Not many bikers around- and we loved the views of the river and the canyon- the Amtrack train in fact runs parallel to the canyon walls and the river- the passengers must have drop-dead views! The only not so good part if this trail is that it os so close to, next to, and in parts, under the interstate, that the noise of the constant traffic continuously invaded the peace and beauty of our walk.

4. Sunlight Mountain Resort

10901 County Road 117, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-4541 +1 800-445-7931
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4.5 based on 361 reviews

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Sunlight features 67 named trails covering over 470 acres. In addition to miles of cruising intermediate terrain, Sunlight's East Ridge has one of the steeper runs in the state. Aptly named, The Heathen falls beneath your feet at a breathtaking 52 degrees. Sunlight is home to one of the longest trails in ski country, Ute, a beginner slope that winds more than 2 miles from summit to base. Sunlight also hosts some of the best tree skiing in Colorado with many aspen groves untracked days after snowfall. All trails converge at the base lodge, so friends and family can always keep track of each other

Reviewed By Sean A - Crofton, Maryland

Never skied here before -- first visit. Runs are not very long - in comparison to other Colorado resorts, but the value for the money is very hard to beat! Slopes were in good condition for March, and although it was mid-week, it was incredibly slow in terms of skiers on the mountain. We had several runs where we felt like the only people on the mountain! Never a wait for a lift!

5. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-2809 +1 800-530-1635
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Located in historic Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a unique mountain-top adventure that's fun for the whole family. Ride the Giant Canyon Swing-featured on "Good Morning America" and the Travel Channel show, "Bert the Conqueror"-as well as the longest Alpine Coaster in Colorado, the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the GiddyUp, the Mine Wheel Ferris-wheel-style-ride and the Wild West Express Coaster. You can race through the Fort Where-Am-I Maze, play laser tag, conquer the climbing wall and enjoy films in our 4D Motion Theater. Some rides are seasonal; a list of which attractions are open can be found on our website. Great for groups, family reunions and birthday parties. Your visit to the Glenwood Caverns promises a unique, mountain-top adventure and memories to last a lifetime. The wholesome fun of nature-based educational activities combined with attractions to please die-hard thrill seekers makes this the perfect place to spend a day with family and friends.

Reviewed By jjoiner31 - Wills Point, Texas

I love caves, So I wanted to check these out I didn't expect to find a whole theme park on top of the mountain.

The gondola ride up and down was very enjoyable, the caves were very nicely presented and with historical information on the finding of the caves.

The Alpine Coaster was a blast and a must Ride for any thrill-seekers out there!

My Wife and sons (21 and 24) and oldest sons GF (23) went and loved Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park .

Oh and try the swing that sends you over the edge!!!

6. Doc Holliday's Grave

Linwood Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, CO +1 817-476-0319
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4 based on 419 reviews

Doc Holliday's Grave

Reviewed By lostintheamazon - McCall, Idaho

Doc Holliday may be my biggest historical crush and I felt it necessary to pay homage at his grave when traveling through the area. The hike was much easier than expected (if you fairly fit it should not be too bad) and there were very good informational signs. I was disappointed that it was not actually his grave but the reasoning behind it and the display of the different designs was interesting. The views were great.

7. Grizzly Creek Trail

Glenwood Canyon, East on I-70, exit Grizzly Creek rest area, upper parking lot, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 +1 888-445-3696
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Grizzly Creek Trail

Reviewed By Nancy H - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

We did the first couple miles of this trail as we were leaving Glenwood Springs. I am so glad we did as it was just beautiful. The trail was rather easy and we took many photos. I especially liked that the trail was not crowded.

8. Roaring Fork Valley

Glenwood Springs, CO
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5 based on 52 reviews

Roaring Fork Valley

Located where the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers intersect.

Reviewed By Wyldecamp - Aurora, Colorado

The Roaring Fork Valley has so many beautiful spots to see and places to visit. Camping, hiking, off-roading, fishing, history, old buildings and wildlife! One of the best times to visit is in the fall when the aspen leaves are changing. True Colorado beauty!

9. Linwood Cemetery

Glenwood Springs, CO
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4 based on 109 reviews

Linwood Cemetery

Burial place of gangster, gambler and dentist, Doc Holiday.

Reviewed By gawildcats - Cumming, Georgia

The trip is a long hike straight up a hill on a dirt/gravel path. We wondered how they got the bodies up there until we reached the top and saw the not-so-steep gravel road coming in from the other side.
Viewing Doc Holliday and Kid Curry's monuments (their actual grave sites are unknown) was interesting, as well as those of some of the other people buried there.
Would I do it again? No. But we were stuck in horrendous traffic due the construction going on all over town, so it was a nice way to kill time to wait for the traffic to clear so we could get back on the road.

10. Frontier Historical Museum

1001 Colorado Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-3319 +1 970-945-4448
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Frontier Historical Museum

Reviewed By kansasrod - OSKALOOSA

90+ on the day we stopped and it provided a welcome relief. You get a great deal of detail about Glenwood Spring's history as well as life in general in the late 1800s and early 1900s. For example we didn't know that you didn't pay for the word 'stop' but you did for a punctuation mark when sending a telegraph. Lots of daily life detail as well as historical events unique to GS. Figure an hour. Most children will NOT enjoy even with the cute the "selfie" opportunity upstairs to put on hat and clothes from 'olden times.'

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