Creative Outdoor Spaces Expand Winter Dining Experiences in Glenwood Springs

Keeping food and drink flowing in the middle of a pandemic can be a challenge, but see-through igloos and a cozy yurt, along with fun new street art, are enhancing the winter dining scene in Glenwood Springs.

The coronavirus pandemic has imposed restrictive measures on all of us, but the burden of compliance has been especially hard for restaurant owners who have had to reduce their capacity by 50 percent. Far from throwing in the kitchen towel, restaurants in Glenwood Springs have gotten creative. During the warm weather months, they promoted take-out meals, curbside pick-ups (still available) and expanded seating to include outdoor spaces—plazas, courtyards, patios and rooftops. Now that snow is regularly in the forecast, restauranteurs needed to once again re-imagine how to serve a hungry public while continuing to keep both waitstaff and the diners safe.

New Look for Glenwood Springs’ Outdoor SpacesDining Igloo

The outdoor dining spaces around Bethel Plaza and along Seventh Street in downtown Glenwood Springs have a fresh, modern new look. The City of Glenwood Springs has helped restaurants increase their square footage with the purchase of several pop-up igloos. The portable geodesic domes channel a contemporary vibe with a roomy interior that is almost 12 feet across and over seven feet in height at the apex. The door, as well as two window vents, can be opened or closed to modulate the temperature inside. The igloos provide a socially distant area that’s also a fun “outdoor-indoor” setting.

The area is marked by fencing which will also provide some wind protection.

Alcohol consumption hours are Monday through Thursday until 11am to 8pm, and Friday through Sunday 11am until 9pm.

Romantic Yurt Dining by Reservation

two woman in yurt

The “walls” of the circular tent in the courtyard of CO Ranch House may be made of canvas, but the mood inside is far from roughing it. On the contrary, the yurt at this downtown restaurant exudes luxe, laid back, alpine style. Reservations for the yurt can be made for small groups by calling the CO Ranch House directly. Judging by reviews on the restaurant’s Facebook page, people can’t wait for date night inside Glenwood’s new yurt!

Cozy Extras Warm Up Cold Nights

In addition to the added ambience that the igloos and yurt provide, the City of Glenwood Springs is also ensuring that diners can shake off wintertime chills while enjoying their time downtown. With 77 propane heaters and thousands of logoed blankets have been distributed to restaurant guests, diners are sure to stay snuggly warm while waiting for a table or snacking inside one of the new pop-up venues surrounding Bethel Plaza.

Wings are on the Menu


For those with a playful appetite, dining in Glenwood Springs is also an experience that can begin long before you take a seat at your favorite restaurant. Even if you’re a vegetarian, we guarantee you’ll want to help yourself to a serving of these tantalizing wings. Giant butterfly wing murals are popping up on walls all over downtown Glenwood. So far, there are four sets with more to come. Think of the new street art as an appetizer on your way to dinner. Snap a few photos and let the good times and happy memories take flight.

For delicious meals served in cool settings, make plans to visit Glenwood Springs this winter!

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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. Keep in mind that restaurants have lower capacities to allow for social distancing and group sizes may be limited to 6 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, Tables etc.