Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Things to Do


Glenwood Springs is a perfect blend of outdoor adventure, relaxing hot springs, and rich history. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning to experience more, our guide will help you uncover the top things to do in Glenwood Springs. From soaking in natural hot springs to exploring scenic trails, Glenwood Springs has something for everyone.

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!

Outdoor Adventures

If you’re planning on visiting Glenwood Springs, no trip is complete without a Colorado 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. 

  • Hiking and Biking: Explore the scenic trails of Glenwood Canyon and the surrounding areas, offering breathtaking views and diverse terrain.
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Enjoy thrilling rides and cave tours at America’s only mountain-top theme park.
  • Fishing and Boating: Spend a day fishing or boating on the Roaring Fork River, known for its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

Hot Springs and Wellness

Glenwood Springs is famous for its natural hot springs, providing perfect spots for relaxation:

  • Glenwood Hot Springs Pool: Soak in the world’s largest hot springs pool, offering a variety of temperatures and therapeutic benefits.
  • Iron Mountain Hot Springs: Enjoy a serene soak in these mineral-rich hot springs with stunning views of the Colorado River.
  • Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves: Experience natural underground steam baths and indulge in spa treatments for a complete wellness experience.

Family-Friendly Activities

  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: In addition to outdoor adventures, the park offers kid-friendly rides and attractions.
  • Glenwood Springs Recreation Center: Enjoy indoor pools, rock climbing walls, and other family-oriented amenities.
  • Hanging Lake Trail: Take a family-friendly hike to the stunning Hanging Lake, a National Natural Landmark with crystal-clear waters.

Food and Drink

Glenwood Springs’ food scene is diverse and delightful. Here are some must-try experiences:

Plan your adventure with Raft Defiance today to make the most of your Glenwood Springs experience! Whether you’re looking for outdoor thrills or relaxing escapes, we have everything you need for an unforgettable Colorado rafting trip.

Most Popular Rafting Trips in Glenwood Springs:

Glenwood Canyon Rafting Half-Day

Age 10+
2.5 Hours
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Scenic Canyon Half-Day Float

Age 4+
2.5 Hours
$54 for Happy Paddlers* 12 & under
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Double Shoshone Rapids Rafting

Age 12+
2 Hours
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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.

The delightful, unexpected touches and old-world hospitality of the boutique Hotel Maxwell Anderson, 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 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!

Best Western Antlers offers a charming blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Surrounded by stunning mountain views, this welcoming retreat provides cozy accommodations and convenient access to local attractions. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Best Western Antlers ensures a memorable stay.