8 Best Things to Do in Glenwood Springs

Hanging Lake Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs and the surrounding mountains are packed full of fun things to do. Getting this list down to only eight was no small feat, but we did it. Here are the eight best things to do in Glenwood Springs.

Hike to Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake is one of the most iconic mountain lakes in all of Colorado and the United States. Located only a few miles outside Glenwood Springs, its emerald waters are the kind of thing most people only dream about. When you visit, please make sure to observe all rules and regulations.

Visit Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

A trip to the Hot Springs Pool is a must for anyone visiting or living around Glenwood Springs. This historic pool, dating back to 1888, is the biggest hot spring-fed mineral pool in the world. It is fed by the Yampah spring which pumps out millions of gallons of 100°+ water every day.

Experience Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is far more than cave tours. Yes, there are some stunning natural caverns to explore, but there are also numerous adrenaline-inducing rides to experience. Jump on the Haunted Mine Drop, Alpine Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Cliffhanger Roller Coaster or Glenwood Canyon Flyer. All this fun sits right above Glenwood Springs, just a gondola ride away.

Take a Hike Through History

Visit famous gunslinger and outlaw Doc Holliday’s grave in the Linwood Cemetery. The .7 mile round trip hike to the cemetery is manageable for most and offers great views of the stunning mountains that surround Glenwood Springs.

Bike Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Canyon is another natural wonder located just outside Glenwood Springs. We recommend renting a bike and cruising up the paved Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail. Don’t feel like riding uphill? Contact a local bike rental shop and get dropped off for an entirely downhill ride.

Go Whitewater Rafting or Kayaking

The mighty Colorado river rolls through Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs before meeting up with the Roaring Fork River and heading west. The Shoshone rapids above Glenwood Springs are famous throughout the state for offering rafters a wild ride. If you kayak, there is also a whitewater park at the west end of the town on the Colorado River. Contact local rafting companies for more information.

Go Fishing

The stretches of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers that run through Glenwood Springs are legendary for the massive brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout that live in them. Enlist a local outfitter and go for a float down the Roaring Fork or use the Glenwood Canyon Recreation path to hike up the Colorado and fish its banks. Either way, there are plenty of big trout waiting for you.

Soar Above it All

Soar above Glenwood Springs on a paraglider and soak in the stunning views of Mount Sopris and the other scenic Colorado mountains that surround the town. No experience is necessary when you pair up with an experienced US Hang Gliding Association (USHGA) certified guide.

Now you know where to how to find the best things to do in Glenwood Springs. Have fun exploring all it has to offer!

Photo Credit: Max and Dee Bernt