How to Spend 24 Hours in Glenwood Springs
This post was most recently updated on October 17th, 2019
Situated about 41 miles from Aspen Colorado is a town called Glenwood Springs. We chose to make this a stop for the night to break up our train journey from Illinois to California. And we were glad we did.
There is so much to see and do in this small town that we’d recommend staying longer if you have the time.
As soon as you get off the train you’ll notice how clean and quaint the town is. Glenwood Springs is located in a valley along the Colorado River. If you look in the distance and you’ll see these dramatic reddish coloured cliffs.
Shopping In Glenwood Springs
The whole town is very walkable and has some really cute boutique stores. We saw a few sweet shops selling treats like chocolate, fudge, candy and ice cream. Book stores, a candle shop, galleries featuring local artists, and several restaurants and pubs.
Where To Eat In Glenwood Springs
Our favourite restaurant was The Lost Cajun. From the moment you walk in the door, the staff make you feel like family. They will prepare you the freshest Louisiana style food around. You will find items like seafood gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and fried catfish.
We had our very first beignets (fried pastry donut topped with powdered sugar) here. After we had to ask the waitress what it was we had just eaten. Not being from the south, we had no clue. But they sure were delicious!
Glenwood Springs Hot Springs
This small town of close to 10 000 has been known for their hot springs for over 100 years. There are a few hot springs to choose from. Glenwood Hot Springs is the largest hot springs in town. A stay in their lodge includes a hot breakfast and unlimited access to their hot springs.
We went to the newer hot springs called Iron Mountain Hot Springs. This hot springs includes several smaller pools of varying temperatures. I think probably the best choice for a hot springs if your looking for a quieter more intimate atmosphere.
In the winter Glenwood Springs becomes a popular ski resort for families. But in the summer, the town really comes alive with an abundance of outdoor activities.
What To Do In Glenwood Springs
There are several outfitters available to help visitors plan their day in town. Mountain biking, paragliding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, ATV tours, fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and caving are all possible in the surrounding area.
And if your still looking for something to do, you can check out the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. A tram will take you to the top of the mountain. There you’ll find several rollercoasters, and other thrill rides. All with an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado River in the distance.
Glenwood Springs Lodging
We chose to stay at a more economical hotel called the Silver Spruce Inn. The location was perfect just on the edge of town. They offer a free shuttle pick up at the Glenwood Springs Amtrak station. Or if you don’t have a lot of luggage like us, it’s a short 15 minute walk.
If you’d prefer to splurge on your lodging for the night, I’d recommend the Hotel Colorado. We would walk by the hotel on our way back into town, and the hotel looked very impressive.
This historic hotel was constructed in 1891, and has been visited by various Presidents. It’s definitely a very charming place and just as popular today as a summer retreat as it was years ago.
The hotel Colorado comes with a full service spa, restaurant, bar, free shuttle and fitness centre. You can also rent bikes out.
Glenwood Springs Amtrak Train Station
Even the train station in Glenwood Springs is something to see. Inside you’ll find the Glenwood Railroad Museum. This station also serves as one of the two Greyhound Bus stops.
While we were waiting for our train to arrive, we met a retired man at the station. He told us how Glenwood Springs has become a popular location for retirees. Because of it’s proximity to Aspen, and how they offer free bus transportation for seniors age 65 and up. Plus with all the therapeutic hot springs in town, who can blame them!