With stay-at-home orders gradually being lifted, life in Colorado is cautiously returning to some normalcy, including summertime travel. For visitors longing for a change of scenery, biking in Glenwood Springs is an ideal activity. Miles of trails, sunshine-filled days and ample fresh air provide a safe, fun, and family-friendly pastime, all while following social distancing guidelines.
After a necessary hiatus to ensure public safety, Glenwood Springs businesses and attractions are preparing to welcome visitors back to town in the near future. Getting back on track will take some time as everyone adjusts to new norms, like more take-out meals, wearing masks and heightened hygiene routines. An activity that lends itself perfectly to social distancing guidelines is cycling. With paved biking trails that meander for miles, Glenwood Springs is a perfect first post-quarantine destination.
Plenty of Room to Ride in Glenwood Springs
After being cooped up for weeks, stretch your legs with a long, leisurely ride on bike trails in Glenwood Springs. Two trails offer riders the opportunity to pedal away the better part of a day while enjoying spectacular Colorado scenery. Both are paved, making them an exceptional choice for families and riders of all abilities.
- Rio Grande Trail is a 42-mile rail-trail that connects towns in the Roaring Fork Valley, from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. It follows the former route of the Colorado Midland Railroad. As such, it offers riders a gentle but steady incline as it tracks along the Roaring Fork River and ascends from the valley floor to higher elevations to the south. Along the way, enjoy river views, historic landmarks and, best of all, a chance to finally be outdoors again.
- Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path follows the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon for a total of 14 miles. It was built at the same time as the I-70 stretch of highway that runs through Glenwood Canyon. With a couple of steep ascents, the ride from Glenwood Springs to No Name can be challenging, but visitors can also access portions of the trail from rest areas in the canyon, including No Name, Grizzly Creek and Bair Ranch.
Rent a Bike
Glenwood Springs is a cycling-friendly town with several bike rental companies, some even offer E-bikes which makes it easier to tackle the entire round-trip of the Rio Grande Trail.
Safe Riding Practices on the Trail
Biking has always been a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get a healthy dose of exercise. Even amid the circumstances of COVID-19, it is still an activity that can be enjoyed—especially as the state loosens restrictions on movement and travel. For safety on the trail, follow these cycling guidelines:
- Ride around. Social distancing is still a good idea. Leave plenty of room when passing others on the trail.
- Mask etiquette. While you do not need to wear a mask during your ride, having one along will come in handy if you stop and other people are within six feet.
- Please don’t spit. Saliva, sputum and mucus are all possible means of transmitting disease, including the novel coronavirus. Instead of spitting or blowing snot rockets, bring and use a handkerchief.
- Don’t ride risky. While area hospitals have fortunately not been overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, they are treating people for the illness. You don’t want to have to go to the emergency room if you don’t have to.
If you’re feeling the itch to get moving, try biking in Glenwood Springs for an easy re-entry into summer travel.
Learn more about how to stay safe and healthy while traveling in Glenwood Springs at www.VisitGlenwood.com.