Up, Up & Away: Hitting the Heights in Glenwood Springs

Not only are the views from above exceptional, so are the thrills and excitement! When it comes to mountain-top experiences in Colorado, Glenwood Springs offers elevated options that range from heart-racing to spirit-lifting.

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush or something more soul-soothing, Glenwood Springs makes the most of its high-altitude topography with activities and attractions that take fun to new heights.

Climbing Rocks Rock Climber

It doesn’t matter if you’re a bouldering newbie or have the expertise and sure footing of the Colorado bighorn sheep often seen scaling the cliffs in Glenwood Canyon, climbing in Glenwood Springs is thrilling and challenging for all ability levels. Routes in Glenwood Canyon as well as nearby Rifle Mountain Park offer a range of grades from accessible (5.7) to insanely difficult (5.14). For those interested in instruction, Glenwood Climbing Guides provides lessons and all the gear required for a successful ascent.

Lift Off with Paraglidingparagliding

Every morning and evening, catch sight of colorful paragliding canopies riding the summer thermals high above Glenwood Springs. While the first step may seem like a leap of faith, the rest of the experience is pure joy. Fly tandem with an expert pilot from Adventure Paragliding and see Glenwood Springs from a whole new perspective.

Vertical Playground

Everything is a little more intense when all the activities are off the ground. Ropes courses like the one at Colorado Adventure Center are a fun way to challenge yourself, especially if you’re heights averse. Wearing a helmet and harness, you don’t have to worry about falls or injuries. Instead, focus your concentration on stepping across a wobbly bridge, balancing on a suspended beam, or climbing a cargo net like a contestant on “American Ninja Warrior!”

Scream TimeCanyon flyer ride

For over-the-edge thrills, nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of the mountain-top rides at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The Giant Canyon Swing is a hydraulic pendulum that pitches riders out over Glenwood Canyon, some 1,400 feet below! The Haunted Mine Drop is the world’s first drop ride to plunge riders 110 feet underground into the pitch-black darkness. Other hair-raising rides include the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster and the Canyon Flyer. If you’re not into spinetingling rides, at least take the Glenwood Gondola to the park to enjoy the incredible valley views.

Alpine TreksHanging Lake hiker

For those who would rather keep two feet on the ground but still want an uplifting experience, try these two hiking trails with viewpoints that will take your breath away. First is Hanging Lake, a hands-down visitor favorite. Accessible with a permit that can be purchased online, the trail is steep but short. The hike’s zeniths are the spectacular triple waterfalls and stunning lake. Closer to town, Cross Trail zigzags Red Mountain; summit views include Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork River and Mt. Sopris to the south.

Gravity Workszipline

A force of nature, let gravity do the work while you enjoy the ride on ziplines in Glenwood Springs. At Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, travel from tower to tower as you glide high above the Colorado River. Glenwood’s other pulley-and-cable experience is the Flying Eagle Zip Ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, where riders are seated side-by-side, pulled backward to a high point and suddenly released for a fast zip back to the base platform.

Make your next trip to Glenwood Springs a peak vacation experience by adding any of these activities to your itinerary. Order a Glenwood Springs Official Travel Guide to learn more and make plans to visit today!

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