Taking care of yourself has never been more important. As a Colorado wellness destination, find out where-to-go and what-to-do in Glenwood Springs to kickstart a healthy lifestyle this year.
Self-care is a Vital Aspect of Well-being
There’s no time like the beginning of a new year to make positive changes and take control of your own health and happiness. The past year has been challenging to say the least, but congratulations, you made it through! That’s a major accomplishment. Acknowledge it with a reward that encourages you to make yourself a top priority.
One of the best actions you can take is to plan a wellness getaway. Glenwood Springs is a destination for whole-body renewal, a place to reset and recharge with healthful practices that you can begin on your next visit to Colorado’s favorite hot springs town.
If you’re longing to get your blood pumping, there’s no time like the present for a trip to Glenwood Springs. Choose your level of intensity and get moving.
- High Intensity. Challenge yourself on Glenwood Springs’ steep and rugged trails. These include biking up Red Mountain trails such as the Jeannie Golay Trail and flying down the Grandstaff Trail. Hikers can enjoy the same cardiovascular benefits and views by following the Cross Trail.
- Medium Intensity. A good workout doesn’t have to be grueling. The hike to Doc Holliday’s memorial marker can be tough in spots, but overall, it’s a short, satisfying climb. For cyclists, the paved surface and gentle incline of the Rio Grande Trail provides just enough resistance for an effective, yet enjoyable workout.
- Low Intensity. Take it easy, but still get your steps in. Spend an afternoon strolling around Glenwood Springs, popping in and out of shops and boutiques. Another option is to explore the caves at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with a 40-minute guided walking tour.
Any good personal maintenance routine includes time off to relax. Hot springs amenities are among the best places to recharge your batteries in Glenwood Springs.
- Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. The geothermal waters at the world’s largest hot springs pool contain 15 dissolved minerals for a health-boosting soak. Both pools are enormous, the temperature of the smaller is 104°F (40°C), while the other is 93°F (33°C).
- Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Sixteen pools terraced on a hillside along the Colorado River range in temperature from 98° to 108°F (36° to 42°C). There’s also a heated, freshwater family pool with an elevated jetted spa for additional hydrotherapy.
- Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves. One of the most unusual ways to enjoy the geothermal experience is to take a steam bath at this historic property. The Vapor Caves are believed by many to have regenerative and detoxifying qualities.
Far from an indulgence, a spa treatment can target specific areas of the body that need attention such as sore muscles or sports injuries. Massage can also help chronic ailments such as fatigue and depression. Day spas to try in Glenwood Springs include:
- Simply Massage. Located in historic downtown, this spa focuses on therapeutic treatments at an affordable price.
- Splendor Mountain Spa. All forms of massage are offered, but Watsu and Water Dance which take place in a large private pool are their specialties.
- Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves. Upstairs from the vapor caves is a full-service spa featuring an array of treatments with the option to add on a private mineral soak.
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to eat right—even while on vacation. In Glenwood Springs, you’ll find dining options that cater to the health-oriented traveler. From farm-to-table fare and gluten-free choices to meat-heavy keto and veggie-focused cuisine, it’s easy to eat well in Glenwood Springs. Choose what’s best for you. You’ve earned it! Make space in your life for essential self-care on your next vacation to Glenwood Springs.
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