Glenwood Springs — the preferred hideout for outlaws, nice enough for your in-laws.  Going west has always been about getting away, exploring and finding what you need to find. It was no different for Doc Holliday who came out here to experience the healing waters of Yampah, the hot springs.  During the same era, the Titans of Industry were also looking for a playground in luxury and found the very same hot springs at the railroad’s edge.  The tracks along I-70 snakes into Glenwood Canyon, as stunning as it is somewhat trecherous.  You’ll pass the exit for No Name, and then reach Glenwood Springs.  The Hot Springs pool dominates the view upon entering the town and the Hotel Colorado stands to its north promising an elegant party inside, or at least respite from the journey.  The Hotel Denver is also a great place to stay right next to the Brewpub home to locally crafted and award winning micro brews.

The new Iron Mountain Hot Springs takes advantage of the same thermal waters and provides lodging with hot spring pools along the Colorado river.

Hanging Lake  is probably the most famous hike near Glenwood, but the Red Mountain Trail is accessible from the Rec center parking area. The Boy Scout Trail is east of town. The Storm King trail further west near Canyon Creek commemorates firefighters who lost their lives there. The Rio Grande Trail is a flat bikeable thoroughfare you can ride from Glenwood to Aspen.

If you have kids or like amazing views, be sure to visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.  This park features scary rides, like a swing over the canyon, but also cave tours, activities for younger kids, and free concerts on Fridays in the summer.

Glenwood Springs is the place where the Colorado River meets the Roaring Fork so numerous rafting companies are based out of here. Two Rivers Park  is a common rafting drop in and out, and has a skate park for young people.

At the West Glenwood exit 114  you’ll find a left turn onto Devereux Rd which features two or three parking spaces for the Wave.  The Kum and Go at the south west roundabout has kind of a nice park behind it.

The Meadows shopping center is bordered by Midland to the North and Wulfsohn Rd to the south. At the end of Wulfsohn find the Glenwood Springs Rec Center.

Follow Midland into town, you can turn onto 8th St. or pull into Veltus ParkThe annual Strawberry Days festival takes place at Sayre Park in the middle of town.

4-Mile Rd leads to Sunlight Mountain.  Sunlight is on White River National Forest lands. There is a parking area for snowmobilers and fat bikers, and you can also snowshoe or cross country ski around there.   The Brettleberg Condos are at the base of the mountain.

As far as lodging in Glenwood Springs, there are quite a few alternatives to choose from in terms of traditional style hotels and motels.  Camping near Glenwood is for those who can manage the White River National Forest lands by Sunlight or on the Flattops north of town.

Do not get on Transfer Trail if you are anything except totally sober, in a 4-wheel vehicle you trust, and experienced in navigating tight mountainside roads.

This leaves guest ranches, which can provide incredible experiences, and also vacation rentals as the last two options. The town has experienced a moratorium on granting new licenses for vacation rentals. local HOAs do not always allow them.

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