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Take a Fall Train Trip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Roll through spectacular Colorado fall foliage on your way to Glenwood Springs aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the state’s natural autumn beauty and its hot springs amenities with a train trip that makes daily stops in Glenwood Springs.

glenwood springs train station with train in front of hotel denver

Fall colors are at their peak this month in Colorado. Cooler weather has set off the annual show as whole mountainsides of aspen morph from summer green to autumn gold. For a view that allows you to take it all in, a train trip to Glenwood Springs is just the ticket. Sit back and watch the scenery roll by on your way to the geothermal town—an ideal destination for an easy, breezy, beautiful fall getaway.

couple riding a tandem bike

No car, no problem.

Leave the car parked at home and start relaxing as soon as you board the westbound Amtrak train at Union Station in Denver. Glenwood Springs is a pedestrian-friendly town with the best-of everything, from dining and lodging to attractions, all in walkable proximity. Want to go further afield? Call a taxi, car service or ride the bus for a quick, affordable lift. You can even a rent a bike for a day and pedal around town or take a longer excursion on the area’s paved bike trails.

amtrak train from the inside
(c) @liltownhero shared with #visitglenwood

Romancing the rails.

The California Zephyr line, Amtrak’s westbound train service, which runs between Chicago and San Francisco with stops that include Denver and Glenwood Springs, is considered the most beautiful rail route in North America. It’s the ideal start and finish for a romantic getaway. Amtrak departs Union Station daily at 8:05 a.m. and arrives in Glenwood Springs at 1:46 p.m. Onboard dining includes breakfast, lunch and dinner meal service, as well as beer, wine and spirit offerings, making it easy to relax, long before you arrive in Glenwood Springs.

glenwood canyon and colorado river

Must-see scenery.

Rocky Mountain scenic highlights along the route include leaving the wide-open grassy plains of eastern Colorado for higher elevations. Along the way you’ll traverse through varied mountainous terrain and geological wonders, often hard to see by any other mode of transportation. Winter Park, Gore Canyon, Byer’s Canyon and Glenwood Canyon are always eye-pleasing places, but never more so than in fall.

glenwood hot springs pool with steam over water

Hotels & hot springs.

You’ll debark at the historic rail station in Glenwood Springs. The red sandstone structure has changed little since it was built and has welcomed such historical figures as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft on their whistle stop campaigns through the west. A number of Glenwood Springs hotels, motels and lodges will meet you at the train station with a van, help with your luggage and transport you to your accommodations. Many of Glenwood’s top things-to-do are located nearby, as well all of the town’s hot springs attractions.

table with food: salad, meat, veggies and spices
(c) @GlenwoodCanyonBrewPub shared with #visitglenwood

Fall flavors.

In addition to fabulous fall foliage, this is also the season for delicious, hearty food, which you’ll find plenty of at Glenwood Springs restaurants. Dining establishments make the most of harvest season with locally sourced meats and vegetables or offerings that are especially suited to the flavors of the season. Also palate-pleasing is the selection of time-limited, seasonal microbrews available at Glenwood’s breweries.


Add color to your fall with an autumn train trip to Glenwood Springs. Learn more and plan your trip today at www.visitglenwood.com.


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Visit Glenwood Springs

Reservations to hike Hanging Lake are released on a weekly basis every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. 

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.