Take A Day Trip From the Frisco Lodge: Glenwood Springs
Posted by: admin May 20th, 2015
Just under an hour-and-a-half’s drive from our Frisco bed & breakfast lies “America’s Most Fun Small Town,” Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Almost halfway between Breckenridge and the Utah state line, this historic town is not in the heart of the Rocky Mountains like Frisco is, but makes for a great day trip if you want to escape the mountains for the day.
Located at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, Glenwood Springs is famed for its Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the Yampah Vapor Caves, and Glenwood Canyon that provide endless opportunities to raft, kayak, hike, bike, explore underground caverns, and just focus on simple relaxation.
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Probably the largest draw to Glenwood, the Glenwood Hot Springs is home to the world’s largest hot springs pool. The resort and original spa first opened to visitors over 125 years ago in 1888, but the Ute Indians used to make yearly pilgrimages to these sacred springs to take advantage of their healing powers. Swimming, soaking and playing in the Hot Springs Pool is a sort of rite of passage for those visiting Glenwood. I mean, where else can you swim the length of a football field in water that’s as warm as your bath? The reason people visit the Hot Springs are varied, but some come to take advantage of the healing mineral-rich waters, to swim outdoors amidst a snowy landscape, or to keep their children busy. Whatever your reason, this is one spot your don’t want to miss on your Glenwood Springs day trip!
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
As previously mentioned, while Glenwood Springs is not amongst the massive peaks of Summit County, it is still located in the awe-inspiring state of Colorado. Accordingly, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is perched at 7,160 feet on the side of Iron Mountain providing you with majestic views of the surrounding mountains. This Western-themed park features a multitude of adrenaline pumping thrill rides and a variety of kid-friendly activities that the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in the country on the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, launch 1,300 feet out over Glenwood Canyon with the Giant Canyon Swing, ride 600 feet up Iron Mountain before releasing downhill on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, fly up, around and over the Canyon on the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, ride Colorado’s longest Alpine Coaster, and explore and underground landscape millions of years in the making in the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. As if that was not enough, there is shopping, dining and other special events you don’t want to miss.
Yampah Vapor Caves
One of the most unusual and most historic attractions in Glenwood is the Yampah Vapor Caves. Originally used by the Ute Indians for healing and rituals, these underground vapor-filled caverns are one of only a few natural vapor caves in North America. The Yampah spring – the same source that feeds the Hot Springs Pool – provides mineral-rich steam into three subterranean chambers providing relaxing and healing vapors to its guests. While the water flows through the caves at 125 degrees Fahrenheit, room temperatures will vary from 110-112 degrees Fahrenheit. The water contains 34 minerals and trace elements that are saturated with sulfate, nitrate, zinc and potassium. As they say, the Yampah Vapor Caves “give new meaning to the phrase ‘steam power.”
Carved over 3 million years ago from the Colorado River and Continental Divide snowmelt, Glenwood Canyon is a 16-mile canyon that provides access to numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and rafting. One of Colorado’s most magnificent and rugged landscapes, Glenwood Canyon offers four different rest areas for travelers so one can explore all areas of the canyon. Each of the rest areas are equipped with parking, restrooms, picnic grounds and access to hiking trails that are connected via the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail. If traveling from the east, you might want to make Glenwood Canyon the first stop of the day, as it is the gateway to the famed town and all of its other destinations.
Other popular activities that are not listed above include exploring the White River National Forest, viewing the abundant wildlife in the surrounding habitat, enjoying the glacially formed crystal clear water of Hanging Lake, getting your adrenaline pumping with skydiving and paragliding, seeing the majestic landscape by horseback, scaling the mountain side of Grizzly Creek, or enjoying one of seven public golf courses within 40 miles of town. Of course there is much, much more to see and do … view a list of all activities here.
Just remember to conservatively allow three hours of driving time to and from our Frisco hotel when taking a day trip to Glenwood Springs. After reading about all that the town has to offer, I think it’s worth it, don’t you?