Water Rules! Spring Break in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

You don’t have to travel far to feel far away from it all — Glenwood Springs has everything you could want for spring break—19 naturally-heated outdoor pools, scream-worthy thrills and side-splitting laughs.

March is synonymous with spring break in Colorado. Don’t fret if you haven’t yet made plans to hit the beach or the slopes—there’s still time to plan the perfect water-centric getaway that will please the whole family.

Glenwood Springs is home to an abundance of outdoor hot springs pools—two of enormous size at the world-famous Glenwood Hot Springs Resort and multiple smaller ones at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. You can soak up the sun, take in stunning mountain views, sip a mid-day adult beverage and keep the kids happy with sweet treats like smoothies and ice cream cones—no need to book plane tickets or drive for days.

The “big” pool at Glenwood Hot Springs is an aquatic playing field where kids of all ages can show off their cannonballs in the deep end, join in a rollicking game of sharks and minnows and swoosh down the resort’s two waterslides. By contrast, the warmer Therapy Pool is a splash and toy-free zone that’s ideal for major league relaxing. Moms, think dozing, reading and melting away stress.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs is Colorado’s newest geothermal attraction and boasts 16 individual mineral springs soaking pools, ranging in temperature from 99° to 108°F! There’s also a heated fresh water family pool with an elevated jetted spa that makes an ideal parental perch for keeping an eye on the kids. The soaking pools are designated a Quiet Zone, a no-go zone for tots, however older children aged five to 13 are permitted with adult supervision. Come time to refuel, both hot springs attractions feature restaurants that serve child and adult-pleasing menu options.

When you’re ready to dive into a few land-based activities head for the hills or hit the trails! The hot springs town is home to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, America’s only mountaintop-theme park! For non-stop thrills, hop on award-winning rides like the Haunted Mine Drop, the Alpine Coaster and the Giant Canyon Swing; be sure to take the adventure underground with in-depth tours of the caverns themselves. For more high-flying fun, zipline across the Colorado River and scramble on a high ropes course in Glenwood Canyon. Prefer something more laid-back? Try a Segway tour or a bike ride on the Rio Grande Trail, a gentle-grade, mostly-paved path that follows the Roaring Fork River all the way to Aspen.

Evenings in Glenwood Springs are all about eating and entertainment. The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, a hilarious comedy-dinner show, keeps audiences of all ages in stitches with original skits, songs and jokes. At the Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar, entertainers play showtunes and other familiar favorites while you dine. Glenwood’s huge assortment of dining choices—from breweries to breakfast joints, fine dining to fast food and ethnic options to ice cream parlors—is guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Spring break is nearly here. Make a splash in Glenwood Springs! Learn more at visitglenwood.com.