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En Route to Adventure: The Ultimate Guide to Getting to Glenwood Springs

Buckle up! Whether you’re traveling from Denver, Salt Lake City, or further afield, there are numerous ways to arrive at Colorado’s favorite vacation destination—Glenwood Springs!

Hot springs, a mountain-top theme park, whitewater rafting, cycling, and hiking are just a few thrilling activities that await visitors to Glenwood Springs, but first, you have to get here.

Hitting the Road: Driving to Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Canyon from above

From Denver
Cruise through the Rocky Mountains with speed and ease along I-70 West. The 157-mile journey takes around 2.5 to 3 hours. With a backdrop of craggy peaks on the horizon, the vistas, one more spectacular than the next unfold all along the route. To check I-70 weather and road conditions before departing, visit COTrip.org.

From Grand Junction
If you’re traveling from the west, take I-70 East for about 90 miles, and you’ll find yourself in Glenwood Springs in just under 1.5 hours. This route is less curvy than the Denver approach but no less beautiful. A high desert landscape features prominently near Grand Junction, then morphs into sandstone canyons and as you get closer to Glenwood Springs, the scenery gives way to lush panoramas including snow-capped mountains visible near Glenwood Springs.

Over Independence Pass
For those seeking to set off in a truly adventurous direction, consider driving over Independence Pass. This seasonal road (open from late May to early November) straddles the Continental Divide before dropping down into the famous ski town. Be prepared for fantastic views and narrow, hairpin turns with steep drop-offs. The two-lane roadway, however, is not for the faint of heart, nor for large vehicles like RVs. For passenger vehicles though, the rewards are unparalleled alpine beauty as far as the eye can see. From Aspen, follow CO-82 into Glenwood Springs.

Motorcoach Adventures: Bustang to Glenwood Springs
If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, Colorado’s Bustang service is the way to go. The Bustang West Line runs between Denver and Grand Junction, with multiple stops daily in Glenwood Springs and other locales along I-70. The distinctive black and purple coach-style buses are comfortable, with a restroom, Wi-Fi and reclining seats, allowing you to sit back relax and enjoy the view.

Flying High: Airports Near Glenwood Springs

Denver International Airport
Flying into bustling Denver International Airport (DEN) is a common choice for many visitors to the state. From the airport, you can either take the light rail to Union Station in downtown Denver where you’ll find Amtrak and Bustang access, or rent a car and drive to Glenwood Springs via I-70 West.
Eagle County Regional Airport
Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) is about 40-minute drive east of Glenwood Springs. Smaller and more relaxed, the travel experience at the Eagle airport is a convenient option if you want to cut down on driving time. American, Delta, and United Airlines fly into Eagle and there are rental cars available.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
Alternatively, touch down at the Pitkin County Airport (ASE). American, Delta, and United Airlines offer service into Aspen. Car rentals are available at Aspen airport but if you’d like to be car-free, take the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) bus from the airport to Glenwood Springs.
Grand Junction Regional Airport
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) is yet another option, with a 90-mile drive to Glenwood Springs. Airlines serving Grand Junction Regional Airport include Allegiant, American, Breeze, Delta and United. Besides car rentals, there is also an option to hitch a ride on Bustang from the airport to Glenwood Springs.

Riding the Rails: Trains to Glenwood Springs

amtrak train at the Glenwood Springs station


Amtrak’s California Zephyr
Chug through Colorado’s stunning landscapes aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr. This legendary train route runs between Chicago and San Francisco, with daily stops in Glenwood Springs. From Denver, the train ride takes about 5.5 hours, giving you ample time to relax in the observation car and soak in the incredible mountain views.

Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer offers a luxury train journey that includes an overnight stop in Glenwood Springs. This scenic two-day route runs between Denver and Moab, Utah, providing a comprehensive upscale travel experience for all aboard.

In Transit: Cars, Busses, Trains and Planes

From winding mountain drives and scenic bus rides to flights and train journeys, the path to the hot springs and adventure town is an experience in itself. So, pack your bags, pick your preferred mode of transport, and set off for an amazing getaway in Glenwood Springs! Learn more and make plans to visit today.

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Visit Glenwood Springs

Reservations to hike Hanging Lake are released on a weekly basis every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. 

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.