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About Glenwood Springs

Where Roaring Fork River and Colorado River weave together, you’ll find Glenwood Springs—a small but energetic town that’s the perfect destination for those wanting to go on an outdoor adventure.

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About Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Way back in 1883, a bunch of settlers came to this area and decided to set up camp. They called the new town 'Defiance' – a nickname used by Glenwood locals today.

It was an apt name, as those who lived there were gamblers and gunslingers – far from the friendly folk who live there now.

If you're a fan of the Ol' West, you'll be interested to know that Doc Holliday from the gunfight at the OK Corral lived (and was buried) in Glenwood Springs.

If you're a fan of walking and hiking, this is the place to go. It's been named one of America's most walkable cities, with plenty of trails that lead up to the hills and offer a perfect view from the sandstone cliffs.

The climate in Glenwood Springs is pretty mild, so you could really visit at any time of year. In the summer it reaches highs of 87F so it might be a bit hot for hiking.

What to do in Glenwood Springs

First things first – you have to visit the hot springs. Glenwood is home to the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world, and they’ve been an attraction since 1888.

For a sight unlike any other, head to the Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon. The clear lake spills over the cliffs at Glenwood Canyon, creating beautiful waterfalls. You may not be able to swim, or even dip a toe in, but the view itself will take your breath away.

If you're a fan of the outdoors, there's lots to try – rafting, kayaking, biking trails, hiking tours you can even try zip-lining if you fancy it. For something a bit more relaxed, try fly fishing!

If you come in the winter, there are 680 acres of skiable terrain and 67 trails for you to enjoy.

Top travel tips for Glenwood Springs

Stuck for what to do? Go speak to the staff at the visitor center – they're friendly and know Glenwood Springs better than anyone. They may even be able to give you discounts on activities.

Glenwood Springs is an easy drive from Denver, and you'll get to enjoy the scenic route as you wind your way through the valleys. Once you get here, you won't need a car, so it might be easier to get the bus or train in.

The area gets its water from the waterways in Glenwood Canyon, Grizzly Creek and No Name Creek – it's fresh and pure. Probably some of the best tap water you'll ever drink!

For your mountain adventure, head to Glenwood Springs and make the most of the fresh air and outdoor activities. Find a vacation rental in the heart of the action with FlipKey, start packing and get going!