eJust because you don’t own sporting equipment doesn’t rule out thrilling adventures on a Glenwood Springs vacation. Local outfitters, shops and other resources offer a surprising array of gear to rent.
Possessing your own outdoor equipment is great if you’re a dedicated enthusiast. Otherwise, owning all that gear comes with its own set of headaches. In addition to an upfront initial investment that’s often expensive, your “toys” will take up precious space in your home and vehicle. In fact, you might even need to buy special racks and devices to store and transport your stuff. Not only that, gear needs to be maintained and can quickly become outdated as new technologies emerge, such as better mountain biking suspension systems for a smoother ride or lightweight tents for greater comfort on the trail while backpacking.
Renting outdoor equipment is an alternative to ownership that proves cost-effective. Whether you want to try out biking, fishing, rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or even just go camping for the night, Glenwood Springs offers visitors a world of possibilities and ensures you’re properly equipped for any outdoor adventure that comes your way!
Gear to Rent in Glenwood Springs
Biking. Exploring cycling trails and scenic routes while on vacation in Glenwood Springs is delightfully easy. The resort town is loaded with biking opportunities that run the riding gamut. The Rio Grande Trail and Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path are paved and go for miles following the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers respectively. Bike rental outfitters can set you up with the ride that’s right for you including electric, mountain or road bikes, as well as helmets and bike locks. Some even offer shuttle services, so you only have to pedal one direction, an ideal option if you have limited time or riders of varying abilities.
- Where to Rent Bikes: Canyon Bikes, Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop, Glenwood Adventure Company
Fishing. For those who want to experience the tranquility of fishing, Glenwood Springs is the place to give angling a try. The rivers are teeming with hungry trout just waiting to be tempted by what you cast their way. When it comes to fishing, especially for novices, renting or borrowing equipment is an excellent option. When you factor in the various types of gear from fishing rods to spinning reels, the cost can add up fast! Angling is also a sport that takes time to master. Before investing in gear of your own, go fishing with a guide or head out on your own with some gear on loan.
- Where to Rent Fishing Gear: Glenwood Springs Gear Library
Camping. A timeless Colorado activity, camping is a great way to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. With the White River National Forest nearby, Glenwood Springs visitors have endless options for a relaxing and restorative getaway in the mountains. Gathering all the gear for a night out in the woods can be a daunting task. Renting camping equipment eases the burden; sign out tents, sleeping bags, cookware, camp stoves, water purifiers and more. If you’re up for greater exploration, checkout Colorado Overlander to rent an adventure vehicle and go off-road and off-grid.
- Where to Rent Camping Gear: Defiance River Outfitters, Glenwood Springs Gear Library, REI Rentals Glenwood Springs
Rafts, Kayaks, Duckies & Paddleboards. When it comes to paddle sports, rafting, kayaking, inflatable canoes also called rubber duckies and stand-up paddleboards provide exhilarating experiences for those seeking a splash-worthy adventure. However, owning a raft or kayak can be impractical, particularly when it comes to storage. Renting these water toys offers a viable solution, allowing you to explore Glenwood’s two rivers with ease. Outfitters typically include safety equipment with rentals, such as life jackets, helmets and paddles. All you have to do is navigate the waters and create unforgettable memories.
- Where to Rent Water Sports Gear: Blue Sky Adventures, Defiance River Outfitters, Glenwood Adventure Company, Glenwood Springs Gear Library, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Whitewater Rafting LLC
If you’re in the mood for thrills but want to skip the logistical challenges of owning outdoor equipment, renting is the way to go. Why not embark on an unforgettable vacation experience and explore the great outdoors? Learn more and make plans to visit Glenwood Springs today.
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