Glenwood Springs Area Guide

Glenwood Springs


If you’re planning on visiting Glenwood Springs, Colorado, no trip is complete without a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River or the Roaring Fork River (or both). Don’t just take our word for it, check out what Leslie and Kevin had to say about their recent whitewater rafting trip with Defiance Rafting Company:

“BEST IN GLENWOOD! Please let me start by saying this is the most professional company I have ever dealt with, from the first call to Heather to our wonderful 2-hour+ Colorado River Kayak Tour, we had the best time ever. Please know these folks are the best Glenwood Springs has to offer. So just read this review and book with these folks. Gregory & Heather run the best operation I have ever seen, and the staff will keep you laughing all day long.” – Kevin and Leslie

Glenwood Springs is the perfect outdoor recreation destination year-round, but we sure favor the warmer months over here at Defiance Rafting Company. Trying to decide between booking a full-day rafting trip or a half-day rafting trip? After years of guiding these rivers and leading these trips, we can confidently say you can’t go wrong with either, but this handy blog will help you decide which trip is right for you and your group. 

Whether your trip brings you here just for the day or for a week-long vacation, we hope our local tips and handcrafted resources help you make the most of the city we are proud to call home. Our Glenwood Springs Area Guide is packed with our recommended Glenwood Springs hotels, places to eat, things to do with kids, and top outdoor recreation activities including fly fishing, hiking to Hanging Lake, relaxing in our world-famous hot springs, and biking through Glenwood Canyon.  

Can’t wait to see you in the Canyon soon!

The following trips are offered close to Glenwood Springs:

Glenwood Canyon Rafting Half-Day

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Scenic Canyon Half-Day Float

$54 for Happy Paddlers* 12 & under
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Places to Stay in Glenwood Springs

Hotel Glenwood Springs

The Hotel Glenwood Springs guest enjoys much more than a place to sleep. There’s an indoor water park, free parking, free continental breakfast and much more. Hotel Glenwood Springs is the closest hotel to Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Gondola. The perfect Colorado family destination. For a 10% discount on your lodging reservation click here.

Hotel Denver Logo

The delightful, unexpected touches and old-world hospitality of the boutique Hotel Denver, in downtown Glenwood Springs, have endeared locals and visitors alike since 1915. Modern amenities meet tasteful nods to the past for a stay that’s truly unique. You have come to the right place. Click here to book your room reservation and receive a 10% discount!

Glenwood Canyon Resort Logo

Located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Glenwood Canyon Resort offers cabins and cottages, RV sites, and tent sites along the Colorado River. And, if you’re planning a wedding, family gathering, or corporate event, we have the venues and services that will make planning your unique event a breeze. Guests of Glenwood Canyon Resort save 10% on raft trips too!  For more information on lodging, click here!