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Your Big Family Gathering in Glenwood Springs

Get together in Glenwood Springs for a winter-themed big family gathering (BFG). Chase away chills and cozy up with a family reunion in Colorado’s favorite hot springs town.

Convening for a family reunion is always a blast, but the event gets even better when your Big Family Gathering (BFG) takes place against a snowy backdrop in Glenwood Springs. Winter is off-peak season for many Glenwood Springs businesses—a time when everything from attractions to lodging becomes more affordable and less busy. Best of all, Glenwood Springs is also brimming with options for cold-weather activities, some you won’t find anywhere else and all sure to please family members of every age.

Money Matters

When planning your gathering, keeping everyone’s budget in mind will be appreciated. A winter reunion does just that. Prices for some of Glenwood’s top attractions take a dive when the temperatures drop. That includes Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. In addition, rates typically take a dip for ample guest rooms and a wide variety of accommodations. Depending on the size of your family, check with attractions and lodging establishments about group rates for additional value-priced options.

Make Memories

Successful family reunions come down to one thing—having fun! The best family bonding happens when everyone is in a good mood, laughing and making lifelong memories together. That’s easy in Glenwood Springs. In addition to pre-planned activities like the ones listed below, leave room in your schedule for serendipitous moments to occur. Who knows where this slope-free time will lead — we’ve seen families making impromptu snow angels in the park, singing karaoke together and posing for goofy photos at Glenwood Springs landmarks.

kids at iron mountain hot springsFamily Pool Party. The nice thing about Glenwood Springs is that it’s always the perfect time to make a splash at the pool. The geothermal waters feel good no matter how low the temperatures plummet. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has two enormous pools while Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 17 smaller soaking pools and one freshwater family pool with a jetted tub above to catch all the action.

Outdoor Adventure. Hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The resort is ultra-family-friendly and value-priced. All trails lead to one lodge, making it easy to rendezvous with your group for lunch or at the end of the day. Alternatively, rev your engines with Sunlight Snowmobile Tours that take riders off the beaten path and into the Colorado backcountry.

Big Night Out. Gather your clan for a special reunion meal. Glenwood Springs has an abundance of great dining options throughout town. Though not all restaurants accept them, make reservations if possible. While you wait for your table, check out Bethel Plaza where there’s often live music and views of the Colorado River and Glenwood Hot Springs Pool from the pedestrian bridge. You also can pop into shops for a little souvenir shopping before dinner.

vaudeville performersLaugh A Lot. There aren’t that many comedy acts suitable for everyone from the kiddos to the grand-folks. Fortunately, Glenwood Springs is home to one of the best. Glenwood Vaudeville Revue will keep everyone in your BFG in stitches with hilarious jokes, skits and dance numbers — all family appropriate for a nice change. Tickets for Vaudeville’s holiday shows are on sale now.


S’more Time. This summertime campfire treat tastes even better when toasted around a firepit in the Hotel Colorado courtyard or at Winter on the Mountain held at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Along with sweet nibbles, the park’s wintertime festival is a seasonal highpoint that includes rides, activities, cave tours, live music and more. Hint, hint—the panorama from the Viewing Deck also makes a perfect backdrop for a frame-worthy BFG photo.

Making memories is what it’s all about. Get your big family gathering going to Glenwood Springs. Learn more and start making plans today!

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