With travel through Glenwood Canyon resuming and wildfires under control, Glenwood Springs is breathing a sigh of relief and refocusing itself for what’s next—all things autumn—fall foliage, color drives, harvest dining and breathtaking outdoor adventures all with plenty of room to safely roam and relax.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of firefighters, pilots and first responders for Glenwood Springs the smoke has cleared. Blue skies have returned over the town’s hot springs, trails and rivers. But it’s not just the haze that has lifted, spirits are soaring as Glenwood Springs lodges, restaurants and attractions welcome visitors back for Colorado-style fall pleasures and pastimes.
“We were holding our breath for a bit,” Director of Tourism Promotion Lisa Langer said regarding the Grizzly Creek Fire which started in Glenwood Canyon, several miles from the hot springs’ town. “It was such a relief and joy to learn that Hanging Lake was spared and that travel through Glenwood Canyon is possible again.” Though Hanging Lake will remain closed for the time being, visitors can stay up to date on the latest information at VisitGlenwood.com/HangingLake.
Your Route to Glenwood Springs:
Take it Slow or Go for a Fall Color Show
Option 1: Glenwood Canyon
While we are thrilled that the most direct route to Glenwood Springs from Denver, I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, is officially open, motorists may still want to plan ahead for slowdowns and possible delays. Travel is currently one lane in each direction with no stopping at rest areas, and depending on weather, the Colorado Department of Transportation may issue a temporary safety closure at any time.
Option 2: Independence Pass
Another alternative that’s especially enticing in autumn is arriving in Glenwood Springs via Independence Pass. One of Colorado’s most stunning mountain drives, it is part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway Tour. After exiting I-70 westbound at Copper Mountain, you’ll pass through historic mining and ski towns including Leadville and Aspen. Along the way, take in vistas of the Collegiate Peaks, stop for photos at Twin Lakes and cross the Continental Divide before descending into Aspen and following Highway 82 to Glenwood Springs. Another option is to skip I-70 altogether. To do so, take US 285 from Denver to Buena Vista, enter US 24 to Twin Lakes and then follow SH 82 all the way to Glenwood Springs.
Play in Our Wide-Open Spaces
There’s no better time than the autumn to leave crowds behind. Glenwood Springs hiking and biking trails have ample room to spread out and they become even more beautiful in the autumn months when fall colors are at their peak. For a scenic ride on a paved surface, pedal the Rio Grande between Glenwood Springs and Aspen which follows the Roaring Fork River.
Glenwood Springs is also a prime fishing location with many Gold Medal designated waterways. For a small social group or solitary experience, find your personal section of shoreline to go fly-fishing or hire a fishing guide to steer you to the most productive fishing holes on nearby rivers.
Your Private Table is Waiting at Glenwood Springs Restaurants
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the bounty of a mouthwatering meal al fresco. Glenwood Springs restaurants are overflowing with delicious food and drinks. The town’s dining establishments have taken over and enhanced existing outdoor spaces such as patios, courtyards, rooftops, sidewalks and parking lots to serve customers in an environment where personal space is as important as what’s on the menu.
Glenwood Springs Attractions Put Safety First
Plan to enjoy all your favorite fall things-to-do in Glenwood Springs including Glenwood Hot Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, as well as spas, shopping, and museums. From retail stores to recreation outlets, Glenwood Springs businesses have implemented protocols to keep guests safe and healthy. For the best possible experience, check with individual businesses either online or by calling ahead of your visit.
Learn more about Glenwood Springs Safety Pledge HERE!
Be Kind to Yourself & Others, Wear a Face Covering
Thank you in advance for wearing your face covering while visiting Glenwood Springs. Face coverings are required in all businesses, in and outside businesses within the downtown core and in restaurants before being seated. This simple step is important and it’s one we take very seriously. Wearing your face covering helps our businesses continue to operate, providing the goods, services and experiences you love most about Glenwood Springs. We mean it, thank you!
Enjoy Peace of Mind at Glenwood Springs Accommodations
Glenwood Springs lodging for your fall getaway is easy to book and with so many options available, you can choose the place that feels exactly right for you. Accommodations in town have enhanced their cleaning procedures, placed social distancing markers in public spaces, implemented practices that limit contact such as virtual check-ins, digital keys and contact-free transactions wherever possible. When it comes to vacationing in Glenwood Springs, it’s all about making you comfortable.
- Lodging with Kitchens. If you prefer to cook your own meals, choose lodging options with kitchenettes such as the Caravan Inn, Cedar Lodge Motel, Glenwood Suites, Hotel Denver, Hotel Glenwood Springs, Residence Inn and the Silver Spruce.
- Historic Lodging. Visitors who wish to immerse themselves in Glenwood’s storied past can rest easy with the knowledge that the most up-to-date protocols are in place for guest wellness. Glenwood’s two most historic hotels are Hotel Colorado and Hotel Denver. For an updated rustic feel, try Ponderosa Lodge Cabins (part of the Rio Grande B&B ownership)
- Lodging with Fewer Guests. Not only are bed and breakfasts loaded with charm, they host a limited number of overnight guests which can be a comfort to travelers in the current environment. Snuggle in tranquility this autumn at Four Mile Creek B&B, Mitchell Creek B&B and Rio Grande B&B.
- Secluded Lodging. For privacy VRBOs, cabins and camping can be great options. Try Ami’s Acres Campground, Brettelberg Condos, Glenwood Canyon Resort, Glenwood Springs Vacation Rentals or High Canyon Adventures.
- More Lodging Choices. With over 1,500 available guest rooms, use our Glenwood Springs Lodging search tool to find accommodations that will help you rest easy this fall.
The best is yet to come. Learn more and plan your fall getaway to Glenwood Springs today!
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Please note: Face coverings are required in downtown, within businesses and at restaurants before seated by the state of Colorado and town ordinance. This rule applies to all visitors 3 years and older in Glenwood Springs. Keep in mind that restaurants have lower capacities to allow for social distancing and group sizes may be limited to 6 or 8 people per table. Overall, your experience in Glenwood Springs will be more enjoyable if you travel as a small group, allowing you to share e.g. the Glenwood Gondola, Rafting Boats, Tables etc.