Ready for a little change of scenery and a whole lot of adventure? Book a trip on Amtrak and climb aboard for the beginning of your adventures in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Once you arrive in Glenwood Springs, the opportunities of things to do will keep you busy whether you are visiting for a quick weekend getaway or longer. There are activities that you will love to experience as a couple along with plenty of family-friendly activities.
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Book Train Tickets to Begin Your Adventures in Glenwood Springs
Taking the train is a fun adventure that everyone should experience at least once.
Amtrak offers train service from Denver Union Station to Glenwood Springs, Colorado (and beyond if you are interested).
When selecting your passage on the Amtrak California Zephyr from Denver for your adventures in Glenwood Springs, you have a variety of ticket options:
- Value Pricing – Coach from $46 per person allows refund options and no change fees
- Flexible Pricing – Coach from $89 per person offers a 100% refund with no change or cancellation fees
- Roomette – Sleeper Car from $289* per person
- Bedroom – Sleeper Car from $866* per person
- Family Bedroom – Sleeper Car from $321* per person
The pricing options for the sleeper cars are from Chicago to Emeryville. If you wish to purchase them for shorter legs, you will still need to pay full price.
*Sleeper cars reservations include lounge access at the train station, daytime seating, nighttime fold down berths, assistance with your meals, complimentary dining, help with luggage, linens for sleeping, a private restroom and shower.
All fares allow access to the Observation Car and the Cafe. The Cafe offers snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and microwavable meal options such as cheese burgers, tamales, breakfast sandwiches, and tacos.
Please note * Dining room access is offered only to Sleeper Car passengers.
The California Zephyr offers one eastbound and one westbound train each day. You can take the train from its origination point in the east starting in Chicago and ride all of the way to Emeryville, California. That complete segment would be a multi-day trip that would last approximately 52 hours.
The train makes stops in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.
Denver’s Union Station Becomes the Gateway to Your Adventures in Glenwood Springs
Pack your bags for an adventure from Denver, Colorado to Glenwood Springs on Amtrak, boarding at Denver’s Union Station.
Denver’s Union Station is a 100-year old historic landmark situated in the heart of downtown Denver.
You’ll enjoy some of the city’s top local restaurants, bars, and shops as you wait for the Amtrak train to Glenwood Springs, use RTD transportation around town, or simply just pop in for a treat while exploring.
The Crawford Hotel, located above the iconic Denver Union Station’s Great Hall, is a fun yet elegant refuge steps from Denver’s vibrant downtown. Perfect if you want to extend your adventure with a stay at the hotel.
Board the California Zephyr at Denver’s Union Station
You could drive to Glenwood Springs from Denver in about three hours. However, in the winter, you might have to account for bad weather on I-70 and be slowed for winter driving conditions, ski traffic, and accidents.
The benefit of taking the train is being able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and experience the thrill of a new adventure.
The Observation Car on the California Zephyr allows for some pretty stunning view (if you don’t mind taking pictures through the dirty windows!)
You’ll have to also account for the reflections when taking your pictures. Having your smart phone handy is perfect for picture-taking on the train.
The standard length of time it takes to get to Glenwood Springs on Amtrak is about six hours. This includes quick stops in Winter Park-Fraser and Granby.
Find a Great Hotel, Airbnb or VRBO in Glenwood Springs
This delightful property in the heart of Glenwood Springs has been operating since 1893. Hotel Colorado is steps away from Glenwood Hot Springs as well as a great starting point for all of your outdoor adventures in Glenwood Springs.
The Hotel Denver
The VRBO, Chateau Debris, is steps away from your adventures in Glenwood Springs. Whether you are perusing the shops, ordering take out from local restaurants, or crossing the bridge to Glenwood Hot Springs, you’ll be in the heart of it all with this delightful home away from home for two.
The house is less than five minutes walking distance from the Amtrak Station in Glenwood Springs.
Search for: Charming historic downtown apartment steps from train, dining, and hot springs
You’ll also find a variety of Hilton and Marriott properties within Glenwood Springs. Great if you plan to use your hotel points to book your stay.
Relax at Iron Mountain Hot Springs
One of the newer Hot Spring facilities in Glenwood Springs allows you to make 2.5 hour reservations for your hot springs experience.
Iron Mountain features 16 hot pools at varying temperatures.
On a frosty winter evening, you may have to brave the chill hopping in and out of the pools, but at the end of your reservation time, you’ll be sufficiently warm enough to enjoy the cooler temperatures as you walk back to the changing rooms.
This is one of the adventures in Glenwood Springs you don’t want to miss!
While the pathways are heated around the pools, wearing flip flops is recommended.
You decide if you want the hot springs temperatures a little hotter or cooler as you have the option to move from one hot spring pool to another.
Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. You are encouraged to bring your own water and to continue drinking throughout your dips. Water fountains are available for refilling your water bottles.
Note that it is recommended that you sit out of the hot tub every 15 minutes. You can get out altogether and switch pools or simply sit on the side to cool off.
Your 2.5 hour reservation is indicated by the color of the wristband you receive when you sign in. This band also has an RFID chip the locks and unlocks the locker you choose to use (the locker is included in your reservation).
The address for Iron Mountain Hot Springs is 281 Centennial St, Glenwood Springs, CO. It is located on the bank of the Colorado River.
It is not as centrally located as other adventures in Glenwood Springs but definitely worth the effort to get to it.
Read the FAQs for Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Children 4 and under are not allowed.
Join the Crowd at Glenwood Hot Springs
While Iron Mountain caters more to an adult crowd (children over 5 are allowed in some areas), Glenwood Hot Springs is definitely more family friendly. Good to know when planning your adventures in Glenwood Springs.
There are two huge pools. One at approximately 92 degrees is for swimming, diving, and playing.
The hot springs pool at Glenwood Springs runs at a whopping 104.8 degrees.
Lockers are also available by using a code, but you can also take your stuff on deck and leave it there while you soak.
Bring your water bottles again or there are bottles available for purchase in vending machines.
If you are really planning ahead, you might want to wear a robe to ward off the chill in the winter months!
It is a lot colder getting into the water on a 20 degree night than it is getting out of the water, but it is still a mite chilly. The steam rises off your body and gives you the appearance of “smoldering”.
Did you know that the springs contain 15 different minerals?
These dissolved minerals include: boron, calcium, chloride, sodium, sulfate, lithium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, silica, zinc, fluoride, phosphate and nitrogen.
Some tout a soak in the Hot Springs as restorative, others believe in its healing properties. Whatever your reason for soaking, you’ll love the relaxation.
Visit the Vapor Caves at Yampah Spa
The Yampah Spa Vapor Caves are natural hot mineral water steam baths. The hot mineral water flows through the caves at a whopping temperature of 125° F.
The Vapor Caves consist of three adjoining underground rock chambers.
Visitors descend a stairway inside the main building and pass through a stone corridor into the caves. An atmosphere of well-being pervades throughout the soothing stillness of the caves.
Relax on slab marble benches in the rocky alcoves, and inhale the natural steam vapor in the warm, dimly lit cave chambers. Stress and tension melt away effortlessly.
Cave temperatures average 110-112 degrees F., allowing repeated visits of 10-12 minutes separated by brief rests in a nearby cooling room, or upstairs in the spacious solarium. Cold water and small tubs are also available for cooling off in the caves.Yampah Spa
There are a variety of hiking trails around Glenwood Springs with varying levels of difficulty. Most however, will set off at an upward ascent and continue switchbacking up the mountain until you reach the top.
Don’t forget about the power snacks. Be sure to pack your Built Bars to keep your energy up throughout your hike.
Bonus * Use Code SJTRAVELS at checkout for 10% off your Built Bar purchase.
Winter or summer, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If you get the chance once Hanging Lake reopens from the devastation of mud slides in 2021, this is one of the can’t miss hikes and adventures in Glenwood Springs. You will need to plan ahead with a reservation.
Enjoy Summer and Winter Sports
Winter anywhere in Colorado offers plenty of sporting activities. It makes all of Colorado a great destination point for tourists world wide. Adventures in Glenwood Springs are equally abundant.
- Ski & Snowboard
- Ice Skate
- Cross Country Ski
- Relax in the Hot Springs
Book a Massage or Spa Treatment
If you are the adventurous type and have already finished a couple of hikes, spent the day skiing, or enjoyed an afternoon of mountain biking, be sure to make an appointment with one of the many companies in Glenwood Springs offering massage services.
Massages and spa treatments are a great way to unwind from a day of activity and relax those tired muscles.
Ride the Gondola to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Springs claims the fame of having America’s only mountain top adventure park. You likely agree, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers fun for the whole family starting with a gondola ride up the side of the mountain.
There are three ticketing options available:
- Gondola and Caves
- Gondola, Caves and Coaster
Check the website link above to purchase tickets and plan more adventures in Glenwood Springs.
Enjoy a Scavenger Hunt
Book an adventurous scavenger hunt to learn more about the humble beginnings of Glenwood Springs.
You will need your phone to access the scavenger hunt, take pictures, and find clues.
Did you know that Glenwood Springs was once a rough and rowdy destination for miners, gunslingers, and gamblers? Adventures in Glenwood Springs have a long history!
Also learn about the first grocery story, the armory, the Denver Hotel, and the Hotel Colorado.
You may wish to venture into the beautiful Hotel Colorado if you happen to be exploring on a chilly winter day. Purchase a hot chocolate and warm up by the fire in the hotel lobby.
You’ll finish your scavenger hunt at the Glenwood Hot Springs.
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Final Thoughts on the Best Adventures in Glenwood Springs
These adventures in Glenwood Springs, Colorado make for an action-packed weekend getaway or extended vacation. Taking the train is an adventure all by itself! And it is perfect for couples, friends, and families.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit Glenwood Springs, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy. If you simply go to soak in the hot springs, well, your time there will still be rewarding.