Fall is better with room to breathe in the fresh mountain air, space to stretch out legs on a long hike through golden aspen groves, and water to play in on those still-warm autumn days. Welcome the change of seasons in a place where you can shake off the crowds and venture out on your own. That place is Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Fall is on the way and the time is ripe to make your plans to visit.
Everything is Better in Autumn
Like a pear or an apple ready to be picked and eaten at the height of its sweetness, fall is a season of perfect timing and fleeting opportunities. Pick the pear; plan the vacation; relish the experience. Sun-kissed days, cool nights and fewer people create the perfect conditions for a memorable Colorado fall vacation in Glenwood Springs.
Fall for Glenwood Springs’ Trails
Less-traveled popular trails are even more enjoyable to hike and bike in the autumn months. For a scenic ride on paved surfaces, pedal the Rio Grande between Glenwood Springs and Aspen or the Glenwood Canyon Trail, which follows the Colorado River. Another destination that’s gorgeous all year but hits the sweet spot in fall for foliage and views is Hanging Lake. The successful new permit system ensures that there are never too many people on the footpath to the waterfall-fed lake.
Cast Away in Gold Medal Waters
Glenwood Springs is surrounded by some of the most accessible and premier fishing waters in the state. Spend the day fly fishing for trout on the area’s waterways. Guides know what’s biting on any given day as well as the location of all the best fishing holes. For a solitary experience, find your own section of shoreline and wade-in for a little active relaxation on the river.
Float your Boat Through Glenwood Canyon
For those looking to make a splash, nothing beats a fall rafting trip down the Colorado through Glenwood Canyon. While water levels have dropped off, the thrills have not. In fact, there’s plenty of whitewater, including the famous Shoshone Rapids, which rafters can run repeatedly depending on the guide service they choose. However, if wild rapids don’t float your boat, there are also mild float trips available that offer views without big splashes.
Bliss Out in Glenwood’s Hot Springs
Hot water and cooler temps make for ideal conditions for geothermal soaking. While summer is the high season for hot springs, fall and winter are the most magical. Visitors can take the waters at three locations in Glenwood Springs. Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is renowned for its size; its new family-oriented Sopris Splash Zone will be open weekends in the fall as long as the weather permits. Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 16 soaking pools on a terraced hillside overlooking the Colorado River. The Yampah Vapor Caves is a rare phenomenon, the only naturally-occurring steam cave in North America.
The Beat Goes on in Glenwood Springs
The music does not stop when summer ends in Glenwood Springs. On the contrary, visitors can still ride the Glenwood Gondola to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for Friday Afternoon Club and Music on the Mountain concerts. On August 30, the Adventure Park will be hosting John McEuen & the String Wizards for a special ticketed event. McEuen is a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. There’s also live music at the historic Hotel Colorado on Friday and Saturday, and at bars and restaurants throughout town.
Highlight on Fall Flavors at Glenwood Springs Restaurants
Taste the fruits (veggies, meats, cheeses and more) of the season in Glenwood Springs. Many of the town’s restaurants rely on the local harvest for farm-fresh fixings. With a bounty of ingredients to work with, autumn is a chef’s favorite season. In Glenwood Springs, visitors have but to follow their instincts to find a meal that’s deeply satisfying.
Timing is everything—whether you’re picking a perfectly sun-ripened Bartlett pear, or planning your ideal fall vacation to Glenwood Springs.
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