With Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Thank You to our Community and Visitors

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. In Glenwood Springs, that means lighting ceremonies, the start of ski season, winter hot springs soaking, new entertainment options and more. It’s also the perfect time to reflect on all for which we are grateful—most especially YOU!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we couldn’t be more ready to feast, celebrate and raise a toast to you. This year, we’re giving tribute to businesses, residents and guests who have kept Glenwood Springs rolling along despite a number of challenges.

An Abundance of Thanks

Hardworking Hospitality Staff. With posted “Help Wanted” signs a familiar sight around town, we are grateful to the cadre of dedicated restaurant and hospitality workers who show up daily for their shifts with smiles on their faces. Despite the demanding pace, they take our orders, bring our meals and drinks and ensure our guest rooms are not only ready and waiting for us, but meticulously sanitized as well.  Thank you!

Talented Artists. You make us look good by adding a sense of whimsy all about town. Glenwood’s artists are not confined to galleries, their work is on display wherever you look. The latest public art project “Wings of Glenwood Springs” is a collaboration between artists and businesses that invites visitors to have fun discovering “hidden” angel and butterfly wings while in the downtown shopping and dining district. Sculptures add a 3D element and murals, including painted utility boxes, provide even more creative quirkiness. Thank you!

Resilient Restaurants. With COVID protocols mandated, local businesses got busy to ensure that there would always be room at the table. Despite social distancing and capacity limits, Glenwood’s restaurants kept the food coming and the drinks flowing. The City of Glenwood Springs helped restaurants increase their square footage and keep guests warm even on the chilliest nights with the purchase of several portable igloos and a massive number of propane heaters for comfortable outdoor dining.  Thank you!

Heroic Haulers. A year after the Grizzly Creek Fire blazed through Glenwood Canyon, it rained. Torrents of water soaked the soil, and without vegetation to hold back the ground, mud and rocks flowed unimpeded onto the rail and roadways. When the storms finally subsided, 5,720 tons of debris had accumulated on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. Travel through the canyon was suspended temporarily while Colorado Department of Transportation crews hauled away an astounding 440 truckloads, each containing about 13 tons of debris. Since then, while repairs continue, Glenwood Canyon has remained open to east-west interstate and railway travel. Thank you!

Acclaimed New US Rail Route. Following several years of planning, the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer luxury train company chose Glenwood Springs as the over-night stop for its first US route. The Rockies to the Red Rocks route, between Denver and Moab, has introduced our outstanding community to new guests who have fallen in love with Glenwood Springs. Thank you!

Go with the Flow Hot Springs. Not even a pandemic could keep visitors away from Glenwood’s famous thermal springs. The need to relax and recharge in 2021 was greater than ever. Each of the town’s three hot springs—Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves—accommodated guests in their own way, but all three went to great lengths to welcome folks amid new and ever-changing guidelines. Thank you!

Local Love. We’re a friendly bunch! Ask anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The hometown hill is famous for affordable prices and an affable attitude. That welcoming local vibe is just as prominent off the slopes, especially in a year when not everything went according to plan. Not only are our residents happy to chat it up with visitors, they’re also civic-minded. They have chipped in on restoration efforts for Hanging Lake Trail and generously supported essential nonprofits as well as restaurants and shops. Thank you!

Our Awesome Guests! Most of all we are grateful for you—our guests! You kept coming to Glenwood Springs despite the challenges. You hiked and biked our trails, following Leave No Trace standards; you played on the rivers whether fishing, rafting or kayaking; and soaked it all in at our hot springs. You stayed overnight filling up our hotels and sat down to meals at our restaurants. You regaled us with your vacation stories and photos. You made us smile and helped us remember that as a community of locals, businesses and loyal visitors, together we can get through it all. For that, we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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