Garfield County has moved into orange, or “high-risk” category on the COVID-19 dial – 11/19/2020

Level Orange for Garfield County: 

For Garfield County, the change means some tighter restrictions, though the state has indicated that current variances will remain in place. New variance requests are prohibited until the county is back at the yellow level. Municipalities may implement more stringent measures, but none less strict than those at the orange level.

  • The major changes under orange, factoring in Garfield County’s existing variances, include no more than 10 people from no more than two households at public and private gatherings; in-person office occupancy of no more than 25 percent, with remote work encouraged; indoor and outdoor events are limited to 25 percent of posted occupancy, or 50 and 75 people, respectively, whichever is less. Personal services are also limited to 25 percent occupancy, or 25 people, whichever is less.
  • Retail establishments remain at 50 percent capacity, with options for curbside pick-up, delivery and shopping hours for seniors and at-risk persons. Indoor restaurant service rules remain the same, however outdoor dining areas must limit groups to no more than 10 customers per group, and patrons must be six feet apart. Restaurant liquor sales must end by 10 p.m.
  • Organized recreational youth or adult indoor sports are not allowed, but outdoor events may proceed with groups of 10 or less practicing safe social distancing. Houses of worship will continue to operate at yellow levels under the county’s variance. The full list of restrictions and variances under level orange as it will be applied in Garfield County can be read on the county’s public health orders webpage at

The yellow or “concern” level is when a county has more than 75 to 175 cases per 100,000 people over a 14-day period or a test positivity rate of no more than 10 percent. Orange status is in effect if a county experiences more than 175 to 350 cases per 100,000 people over a 14-day period or a test positivity rate of no more than 15 percent. Garfield County, home to roughly 58,000 people, reported 395 new positive cases (equates to 659 per 100,000) from Nov. 5 to 18, and a test positivity rate of 12.4 percent.

Limiting the disease’s spread is encouraged by having residents & visitors practice safety guidelines of wearing masks, washing their hands often, limiting travel as much as possible, and above all, staying home when ill.

Glenwood Springs Attractions, Restaurants and Retail Shops are open as existing variances remain in place!

couple in hot springs pool

  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open!
    Please note that reservations and face coverings are required.
    Reservations are for entry time ONLY. Please arrive at your selected time, but stay as long as you like!
    Capacity will be limited in the park; therefore, your time of entry will be specific and you can stay as long as you like. Online reservations will be REQUIRED for entry. Reserve entry time!
  • Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is open!
    The Pool is OPEN from 9am-9pm. Masks are mandatory and must be worn in all public areas with the exception of those actively swimming in the pool.
    Pool reservations are not required. Day admission for the Pool is on a first-come first-serve basis. Learn More! Spa of the Rockies is temporarily closed without a set reopening date.
  • Glenwood Historical Society and Frontier Museum is open!
    Winter Hours – Oct-May:
    Monday – Saturday: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Iron Mountain Hot Springs is open!
    Please note that reservations and face coverings are required. Reserve soaking time slot!
  • Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves is open!
    Visitors must make a reservation to visit. Call 970-945-0667, Learn More!
  • Sunlight Mountain Resort is scheduled to open for the season on December 11th, 2020!
    While other Colorado ski resorts may require day skiers to make reservations in advance, skiing and snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain Resort remains simple, friendly and accessible. Just come, ski and be happy. Expect a few changes like wearing a facemask—something everyone is accustomed to now anyway. You can also expect to see more food stations to help with social distancing. Sunlight is also asking hipsters and families to consider making their car their private base camp on busy days in order to leave room at the lodge for the youngest and oldest guests. Check out Sunlight’s Skier & Rider Playbook—a guide for having a smiling good time every day you’re on the slopes.
  • Aspen Ski Resorts are scheduled to open for the season on November 25th: Learn More!


It’s time to act now before it’s too late to save our ski season. At this point it’s on us – if we don’t do something the State of Colorado could be forced to close ski mountains, hot springs and beloved attractions, causing the collapse of many struggling mountain businesses. We have to change our behavior today to quickly reduce COVID transmission. And we can!


By now we all know what social distancing is. Let’s pledge to stop COVID spread by following the prevention guidelines published by health and government leaders. Limit contact to your family or household unit.