The ultimate fun, photo-worthy, bucket list to the Land of water

Don’t miss the opportunity to take these stunning Colorado photos in the Glenwood Springs area. Following this list will ensure you are making lasting memories while also providing you with stunning vacation photo ops, that capture the essence of Colorado mountain town charm.

1. Glenwood Caverns Viewing Deck.

Enjoy a scenic Gondola ride to the top of Iron Mountain, for a bird’s eye view of Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork Valley, and the Colorado River valleys. While the Park is famous for its cave tours and thrill rides that are perched on the edge of a mountain, its location at 7,100 feet above Glenwood Springs also provides unparalleled vistas. The viewing deck at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the perfect spot to take a panoramic shot.

2. Sopris Splash Zone Grand Fountain.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort’s new Sopris Splash Zone is a family-friendly play area. It includes three “adventure zones.” Shoshone Chutes is a fast-moving whitewater adventure ride, Hanging Lake features a wading pool, waterfalls and ample shade, and the Grand Fountain is a splash pad by day and a show fountain at night. For the best views, take your photo from the pedestrian bridge after dark. The illuminated fountain, with the hot springs pool in the background, is mesmerizing as it lights up the night with all the colors of the rainbow.


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3. Meet Halvor Flowstone

There’s a friendly new face on top of Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, that’s waiting to welcome guests back to the only mountain-top theme park in America. Halvor Flowstone, a 14-foot-tall troll, is the newest addition to the kid-friendly attractions at the park. Halvor means Defender of the Rock in Old Norse, and Flowstone is a cave formation that looks like melted cake icing or a frozen waterfall.

4. Hanging Lake Waterfalls.

A scene of breathtaking natural beauty awaits those who hike to Hanging Lake. Though permits are required year-round to maintain and preserve the popular attraction, a little advanced planning and an online reservation will secure your spot to trek to this gem in Glenwood Canyon. There are plenty of picture-taking opportunities all along the path, but the highlight comes at the summit, where three waterfalls cascade into the crystal-clear lake. For a foolproof and frameable result, take your photo from the platform facing the falls.

5. Doc Holliday’s memorial marker at Linwood Cemetery

The trail to Linwood Cemetery reveals a view of Glenwood Springs that’s hard to beat, and it’s in reach to locals and visitors alike. A trail leads to a series of expansive overlooks, marked by lush greenery, unexpected prayer flags, and an air of Old West mystery. Doc Holliday’s Grave is a hike worth doing—an experience that captures the essence of the historic mountain town.

6. Iron Mountain Hot Springs Infinity Pool

With three geothermal attractions, hot springs soaking (and steaming) is the number one activity in Glenwood Springs. The mineral-rich waters and vapors work wonders for soothing sore muscles and inducing a state of calmness. To capture the serene aesthetic, take a selfie in Garnet at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, an infinity soaking pool. With the right angle, the pool’s water appears to meld with the Colorado River in the background.

7. Hotel Colorado Bell Towers

Though the bells were removed in the 1940s by the Navy when it commandeered the hotel for a convalescent hospital for wounded WWII sailors, the flag-topped towers of the Hotel Colorado remain as two sentries overlooking the courtyard. For photographers, this spot offers an assortment of architectural compositions with interesting leading lines.

8. Historic downtown

Stroll through historic Glenwood Springs and capture unique angles, such as the red sandstone Amtrak Train depot, the historic Hotel Denver, Doc Holliday Saloon and so much more. Make sure to enjoy the extended outdoor dining options and take a photo of you and your craft beer while enjoying historic downtown.

9. Red Mountain

Take a hike on the red mountain trail system and catch views of red rocks merging into Rocky Mountain panorama of Mount Sopris above Glenwood Springs. It is the perfect morning activity before visiting the relaxing hot spring.

More great photos and experiences:

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  • Colorado River and Glenwood Canyon from the new Pedestrian Bridge


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