Glenwood Springs, Colorado


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

203 Votes - "Most Fun"
42 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
2 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"


Glenwood Springs is located between the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. It’s the most populated city in Garfield County, Colorado. Visitors come to Glenwood Springs primarily for its well-known medicinal hot sulfur springs. About 160 miles west of Denver, the town is rich with natural history and offers a breathtaking scenic landscape. The city is also home to one of the Colorado Mountain College campuses.

Locals take great pride in one of the town’s most visited hotspots, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Families can enjoy water slides, mini golf, a premier athletic club, and the renovated Spa of the Rockies at the site. Visitors can relish in the relaxation of the centuries-old Yampah Hot Springs, which are historic underground steam baths once used as a source of rejuvenation and healing. Temperatures in the caves can reach up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

Outdoor activities at Glenwood Springs are endless: rafting, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, and golf are just a few of the recreational hobbies to take part in. A local community center offers indoor activities such as ice skating and aquatics.

For families with children or antsy teens, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the place to go. A tram brings tourists to the top of a mountain, where roller coasters, children’s activities, and an observation deck await. A well-known rollercoaster called the Giant Canyon Swing pulls riders over the edge of Glenwood Canyon with a view of the Colorado River.

This town is the best family summer vacation! There is great white water rafting on the Colorado River, lots of biking trails and hiking trails, fun times getting a tour through the caves, and a great big naturally hot pool!
Reviewed by SondraWinslow
on September 17, 2012
Paragliding in Glenwood Springs is the most fun activity you will ever do
Reviewed by pinepienaar
on September 17, 2012
Glenwood Springs is one of my family's favorite places on the planet. So much natural beauty, so many activities that you can enjoy year-round, plenty of restaurants with great food, and the friendliest locals around. I can't say enough great things about the town. We're visiting again this summer, our third year in a row. Never get tired of it.
Reviewed by spshorn
on September 17, 2012
Glenwood Springs is the final resting place of gunslinger, Doc Holliday, and the outlaw Kid Curry in Linwood Cemetery. Linwood is located on a hill overlooking the town. Pick up a walking tour guide at the top of the hill and explore the graves of the pioneers of Glenwood. Every October, the Frontier Historical Society presents a Ghost Walk through the cemetery at night by lantern light. Costumed actors portray the pioneers, including Doc and the Kid. It is a fundraiser for the local historical society and tickets go on sale October 1st. For more information about the Ghost Walk, call (970) 945-4448.
Reviewed by cindyhines
on September 17, 2012
Glenwood Springs has something for everyone! From river rafting and the Hot Springs Pool to skiing at Sunlight in the winter. The Glenwood Caverns is a day trip in itself and they have fun friendly shops and restaurants too. Check out downtown, but also the new shopping area at the Glenwood Meadows for more shops and restaraunts.
Reviewed by mtndva
on September 17, 2012
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