• Glenwood Canyon Recreational Trail

Glenwood Canyon Bike Path

PLEASE NOTE THAT GLENWOOD CANYON BIKE PATH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE IMPACTS OF THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE. No Reopening date has been announced. 
“The bike path in Glenwood Canyon remains closed following damage from the Grizzly Creek Fire. These closures allow CDOT, law enforcement and emergency services to quickly evacuate I-70 and Glenwood Canyon, and to protect travelers and recreationists from possible mudslides, debris flow, rockfall and other hazards.
Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road by visiting COtrip.org. To hear current travel times, motorists can call the project hotline at 970-618-5379.” -CDOT

The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail provides easy access to Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River, making these natural wonders ideal for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Spanning the entire length of Glenwood Canyon and connecting all four rest areas, the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail & Bike Path provides endless opportunities to explore on bike or by foot.

The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail is accessible from Glenwood Springs and a perfect place to view wildlife, fish the riverbanks, enjoy a family picnic, watch the Amtrak trains roll through the canyon and cycle for miles on end. Local businesses rent bikes and provide drop-off services so riders only have to ride in one direction.

Thanks to an engineering sleight of hand, the interstate highway through Glenwood Canyon becomes an unobtrusive part of the landscape. While the engineering feats in Glenwood Canyon are nothing short of spectacular, so are the natural wonders. Colorado Department of Transportation designers made sure drivers, cyclists, hikers and boaters all had an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings. Four rest areas, Bair Ranch, Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and No Name, invite visitors to stop and explore different sections of the canyon. Each rest area features parking areas, restrooms, interpretive displays, picnic grounds, water fountains, trash receptacles and access to hiking trails.

• Uses: Cycling of all varieties, walking, hiking and in-line skating
• Length: 16.3 miles one way from Glenwood Springs
• Ability Rating: Moderate
• Usage: Heavy use
• Dogs permitted, with leash

Explore all the things to do in Glenwood Springs; there is something for everyone and a new adventure to be had every day!

While many choose to bike this path, there is parking available at the various rest areas along the way. The trail head is just past the entrance to Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves. On street parking may or may not be available close to trail head.

The Glenwood Canyon Recreation and Bike Path can be accessed from various points including from behind the Yampah Vapor Caves and at the designated rest areas in Glenwood Canyon: No Name, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake and Bair Ranch. It terminates at the east end of Glenwood Canyon. CDOT closes the path in late fall and reopens it in the spring.

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