3×1: Three Glenwood Springs Winter Adventures in One Day
When it comes to cold-weather activities and itineraries, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, packs a three-in-one adventure punch— prime skiing, world-class hot springs and cave exploration—that can be done in a single day!
When snow blankets the Rocky Mountains, it’s time to embark on a winter adventure in Glenwood Springs. Pack a trio of thrilling options into 24 hours or spread out the fun for a longer, multiday getaway.
Fast-Paced Adventures at Sunlight Mountain Resort
For avid skiers and snowboarders, Sunlight Mountain Resort is Glenwood’s hometown hill. Situated just minutes away from downtown, this family-friendly ski area boasts 730 acres of skiable terrain with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Sunlight offers 72 trails for all skill levels.
In addition to downhill delights, you can also explore the backcountry astride a snowmobile. In the wilderness around the resort are hundreds of miles of trails for motorized fun in the snow. The best part is no experience is required. Snowmobiling outfitters provide all the instruction needed and expert guides lead the way to breathtaking vistas within the White River National Forest.
Deep Dive into Glenwood Caverns
For those seeking an adventure and a respite from freezing temperatures, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the perfect solution. The caves maintain a steady and pleasant 52˚F temperature year-round. Guided tours showcase exquisite stalactites, stalagmites and other awe-inspiring cave formations. If that’s not enough, climb aboard the Alpine Coaster for a thrilling and curvy descent down the mountain, then sit back and relax as the ride gently tows you back to the starting point.
Beginning in November, the mountaintop theme park also hosts Winter on the Mountain, an annual seasonal festival featuring over-the-top holiday lighting that can be seen from town! During December, look for special events including live entertainment, a giant musically choreographed evergreen tree and visits from Santa.
The Ultimate Aprés-Activity
After an exhilarating day spent on Glenwood’s mountains, there’s no better way to unwind than by partaking in the restorative geothermal springs. Select from a trifecta of excellent choices: Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Iron Mountain Hot Springs or Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves. All three offer visitors a distinct aprés-activity experience that soothes sore muscles after a full day of outdoor play.
Winter also happens to be a magical time to visit the outdoor hot springs pools, especially when the snow is falling. Alternatively, descend into the dimly lit, underground steam caves at Yampah Spa that also have a misty ethereal ambiance.
Perfect Timing: The Key to a 3-in-1 Winter Adventure
- Hit the slopes early. Lifts at Sunlight Mountain Resort open at 9 a.m. Make first tracks bright and early, then spend the sunniest part of the day skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. Pack a lunch or grab a quick bite to eat at the base lodge.
- Go for an afternoon caving adventure. At 2 p.m. arrive at Glenwood Caverns Adventure for cave tours, thrill rides and more. For a casual dinner, enjoy pub fare at the Lookout Grille before riding the Glenwood Gondola back to the base and the valley floor.
- End with geothermal rejuvenation. At around 6 p.m., slide into your final adventure of the day with the thermal experience of your choice. Whether you choose Glenwood Hot Springs Pool (open until 9 p.m.), Iron Mountain Hot Springs (open until 10 p.m.) or Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves (open until 9 p.m.), relax and savor the sense of accomplishment of a day well played.
For the ultimate winter itinerary, experience thrills at Sunlight, explore new terrain at Glenwood Caverns and embrace the warmth at geothermal attractions.
Three winter adventures in a single day … only in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Learn more and make plans to visit today!