Elevation & Climate

On average, there are 239 sunny days a year in Glenwood Springs. At
5,761 above sea level, Glenwood is only about 500 feet higher than Denver, and is located at the foot of the Roaring Fork Valley. The January low is 3 and the July high is around 86. Showers, thunderstorms and rainbows are frequent during summer afternoons.

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Glorious Glenwood Springs

Named "the most fun town in America" by Rand McNally and USA Today, Glenwood Springs offers a host of outdoor activities include hiking, biking, rafting, camping, paragliding and fishing. A trail system maintained by the town runs along the beautiful Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, which meet near the center of town.

The trails continue into spectacular Glenwood Canyon (shown at left). In the Canyon, just east of town, a popular and scenic trail leads to the spectacular, turquoise Hanging Lake, which is owned and cared for by the city. Other trails lead to Grizzly and No Name Creeks. If you’d rather bike than hike, Glenwood Springs offers bike rental shops, as well shops for renting ski and river gear.

Famed as the birthplace of the teddy bear, Glenwood is also home to the world's largest natural hot springs swimming pool. Many events are centered around the Hotel Colorado and the Yampa Spa, and in summer, the river walks that lead to Two Rivers park.

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Glenwood Springs is where Roaring Fork locals go for major stocking-up shopping trips and big purchases. The Glenwood Meadows shopping center features retailers like Lowe’s, Target, Pier 1 Imports, Sports Authority and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Glenwood's Market Street shops include locally-owned specialty stores, boutiques and restaurants. The Roaring Fork Marketplace, south of town on Highway 82, holds a Wal-Mart, an Office Depot, the American Furniture Warehouse and other retailers and eating establishments.

Events & Attractions

Glenwood Springs is home to many family attractions, including the Glenwood Hot Springs, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the Sunlight Mountain Resort, the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves and Hanging Lake.

The historic and gracious Hotel Colorado, the historic presidential retreat of Theodore Roosevelt, has been restored to its Edwardian luster. It offers tours and hosts teas and events that attract visitors from across the nation. 

Every Tuesday night in the summer and early fall, Glenwood Springs hosts a large a downtown farmers' market at Centennial Park, on the corner of Grand Avenue and 9th Streets. During the summer, free concerts take place weekly in Two Rivers Park.

In the winter, Glenwood Springs is a hub for snow-related activities; it's conveniently close to the four Aspen ski areas and Vail, all about an hour away. Glenwood Springs’ local ski area, Sunlight Mountain Resort is perfect for families and those looking for a budget oriented ski vacation.

Glenwood Springs Schools

These are among the schools in Glenwood:

  • Sopris Elementary School (Public, PK-5)
  • Glenwood Springs Elementary School (Public, K-5) 
  • Columbine Christian School (Private, K-1, 3-4, 6-8)
  • Glenwood Springs Middle School (Public, 6-8)
  • St. Stephen's Catholic School (Private, PK-8)
  • Yampah Mountain School (Public, 6-12)
  • Glenwood Springs High School (Public, 9-12)

To learn more about Glenwood Springs schools and daycare facilities, visit this Glenwood Springs page at GreatSchools.org.