On The Side Discover Glenwood Springs

  • Things To Do in Glenwood
  • Glenwood Adventure Park
  • Vaudeville Revue
  • The Pullman Restaurant
  • Yampah vapor caves
  • Hanging Lake trail

Glenwood Springs is most famous for—you guessed it, the hot springs. 

As well it should be—after all, the soaking paradise is actually the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world. 

But there’s much more to do here than soak all day. From its bustling downtown to its stunning scenic drives, Glenwood is the perfect place to wile away a day off the slopes.


Play

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is hosting a slew of fun activities during its first-ever Winter on the Mountain, which runs through ski season. 

Visitors can ride Colorado’s longest alpine coaster (3,400 feet!), jump into an Old West–themed laser-tag shootout, catch a flick in the 4D theater (complete with moving seats and special effects) and take a spin on the newly-configured Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, which takes you 625 feet down the mountain while affording a birds-eye view of the stunning canyons below. 

Afterward, head toward the warming hut for hot cocoa and s’mores. Everything is included in the discounted winter admission price ($39 for adults; $33 for kids ages 3 to 12).  

Laugh

Pro Tip

One of the most interesting parts of the show is a rarely seen 1918 Orchestrion—an instrument once used to produce sound effects for silent films.

For good, clean fun the whole family can enjoy, take in the show at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

Come early for dinner and a ragtime piano sing-a-long; then get your laugh on during a comedy show performed by a talented, professional cast. 

Not only do the actors dish out a good batch of hilarity, but they also serve your food and drinks (yes, there’s a full bar). 

One of the most interesting parts of the show is a rarely seen 1918 Orchestrion—an instrument once used to produce sound effects for silent films. 

Although a single musician plays it, the instrument can emulate the sounds of an entire orchestra.


Refuel

Attention foodies: No visit to Glenwood Springs is complete without a visit to The Pullman

With its easy sophistication, communal feel, and friendly, laid-back service, the restaurant is a destination in itself. 

There’s an inventive, industrial vibe here, and it shows in everything from the décor (think distressed concrete and subway tiles) to the thoughtfulness of the menu.

Settle in with a cocktail and start with the house-made kimchee and truffled pork rinds. 

Health-conscious guests will appreciate the variety on the salad menu, while those in search of a truly decadent meal should go for the slow roasted pork belly with bacon braised kale and white cheddar grits.


Rejuvenate

Photo by: @A.mntlbn

If you want to bypass the hubbub of the hot springs, head to the less-crowded (and more “earthy”) Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves.

Originally used by the Ute Indians for healing rituals, these underground caves are a natural sauna. 

The125-degree water is sourced from the Yampah spring—the same one that supplies the famous pool down the street—but here, you’ll find a more relaxing, private vibe. Between soaks, cool off in the solarium room, take in the fresh mountain air on the outdoor deck, or indulge in a massage.  


Celebrate

In town during Thanksgiving? Don’t miss Hotel Colorado’s  annual lighting ceremony the Friday after the big feast, when more than 350,000 lights will illuminate the hotel’s main courtyard with bursts of color. 

Kids will love the life-size gingerbread house and a visit from Santa; later that night, fireworks will set the sky ablaze above the 121-year-old lodge.


Spend

Top off your visit with some well-deserved retail therapy. 

Head to the heart of downtown to browse the locally owned shops that line Grand and Cooper avenues between 8th and 11th streets. 

Here, you’ll find everything from home décor to outdoor gear suppliers to souvenirs to commemorate your Colorado vacation.

Hike

Yes, it might wintertime when you visit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out for an invigorating hike to a National Natural Landmark.  

That’s right: Hanging Lake Trail is a short drive from Glenwood Springs and is considered one of the most beautiful places in Colorado.  

The trail’s pretty steep and likely slippery in winter, but the off-season is also the perfect time to enjoy this very popular spot.  

Soak up a unique aquatic environment while taking in a vista of canyon cliffs below. 

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