Trails Near Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is a scenic place for hiking and biking. It seems all trails near Glenwood Springs lead to beautiful vistas and views. It’s not uncommon to find yourself at the top of a trail staring down at the Colorado River or south to Mt. Sopris. Two trails that accomplish this are the Boy Scout trail and the Glenwood Canyon overlook trail. The Boy Scout trail is accessible to both hikers and bikers. It begins at the eastern end of 8th street and from there is a steep singletrack climb. While many do ride it this way as an out- … continued

Take your adventure to Sunlight Mountain

If you’re adventuring in Glenwood Springs this winter, make sure to spend a day (or more) at Glenwood’s Sunlight Mountain Resort. Nestled up a winding road about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Glenwood, this Colorado Gem offers much more than you might expect. Sunlight Mountain is an “old school” resort. It doesn’t have any detachable quads. It doesn’t have any mid-mountain restaurants. Instead it has low lift ticket prices, a family feel, and a surprisingly varied terrain. It has one of the longest green runs around and also one of the steepest lift-accessed runs too. If you’re a beginning skier … continued

First Snowboard Trip Checklist

Your first snowboard trip can be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. The anticipation of trying a new and immensely fun activity should not be diminished by your potential anxiousness. Taking some time to make sure you are ready for everything will guarantee that your first time snowboarding will be a great experience and leave you wanting more. This checklist for your first snowboard trip will ensure that you are prepared to go snowboarding. Remember, despite this being a numerical list, all of the items are equally important. Also of note, although many of these items can be … continued

Five cool things to look out for on our Roaring Fork River trip:

If you’ve visited any Colorado town from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, you’ve probably spotted parts of the Roaring Fork River. Just over 70 miles long, it drops over 6,000 feet in elevation and is a hot commodity among fishermen, standup paddle boarders and rafters. There’s a few reasons why this trip is one of the most popular bookings for Glenwood Adventure Company, even into the late season. What makes it so unique from our Colorado River trip? Here’s some things you’re likely to spot when joining us on the Roaring Fork: Mount Sopris. At 12,953 feet, this iconic peak looms … continued

Whitewater Rafting: The Ultimate Family Getaway

08/05/16 Somehow it’s August already, and you know what that means: back to school for the kiddos (and some adults). In the chaos of school supply shopping and bracing yourself for the last few weeks of summer, it can be difficult planning last minute family trips. What’s something that will pacify your seven-year-old’s energy, entertain your 60-year-old father, and will still be cool enough for your high school senior? More importantly, what’s something that will be nice to your wallet? How about….(c’mon you know it’s coming)….whitewater rafting!!! If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since being a guide, it’s that families thrive … continued

Team-building on the River and Paragliding Over Glenwood

7/18/16 There’s something spectacular about running off of a cliff without plummeting to your doom. The first time I tried paragliding about two years ago, I couldn’t blink. I think it must have been like the time I got a toy kitchen for Christmas when I was five—complete shock, then awe, then never, ever wanting to walk away from it. Five minutes in the air was simply not enough, and I knew I’d have to do it again. When I found out Glenwood Adventure Company offers booking for Adventure Paragliding, I immediately scratched another trip onto my summer bucket list. … continued

Playtime for Guides at Glenwood Adventure Company

7/10/16 For many jobs, work and play time are separated. You know when you work, and you know when you play. Lately at GAC, I haven’t been able to tell a difference. First off, we’ve begun commercially running the adrenaline-filled class III-IV Shoshone rapids through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon. With the water level dropping, we’re able to raft more of the Colorado while still offering relaxing and scenic trips on the Roaring Fork River. On the Colorado River, there’s nothing better than getting to shriek commands to a group of people you’ve just met while immediately maneuvering yourself through 20 minutes of … continued

Rafting, hiking and camping with the Scouts

06/27/16 “My water bottle, my water bottle! Somebody, GRAB IT!” My week began with a mouthful of river water, a paddle crack to the back of the head, and a pirate ship full of eight Boy Scouts. On a beautiful day in a calm section of the Roaring Fork River, I was peacefully guiding a crew of eight- to thirteen-year-olds and preparing myself for a class III section of rapids ahead. A moment later I was ambushed by three pairs of hands from an enemy ship and dumped sideways into the water, where my head became a floating golf ball … continued

Paddle Tan Lines and Dirt Mustaches

It’s official: after two weeks of nonstop shivering, vicious sunburn and dodging giant rocks, trees and suck-holes, I am now a certified whitewater raft guide! After taking a week to visit family and friends back on the east coast, I returned to complete my check-out run and guide my first trips. It was definitely a bit nerve-wracking jumping into the heat of things after a week off, but the senior guides did a great job of loosening the tension, mostly by making fun of me. Or by making me do 10 push-ups every time I said the word “mine” (for … continued

Another Week of Adventures for the Raft Rookies

Glenwood Adventure Company’s (GAC) raft rookies just finished week two of training and are even more excited to be part of the GAC team! This past week, we explored more of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, as well as the Lower Eagle River and Arkansas River. We also had a seventh member join the rookie team—all the way from Ireland! Meet Fionn, 21, from Dublin, who found out about GAC through his uncle while looking for an outdoor summer job. He’s currently studying engineering in Ireland, hoping to one day be a biomedical engineer and work with prosthetics. He … continued

Meet the New Raft Guides in Training

May 22, 2016 Summer is almost here and Glenwood Adventure Company (GAC) is back in action for whitewater rafting! To prepare for another fantastic season, GAC is adding new faces to the crew, myself (Jenn) included. We rookies are from all different backgrounds but have one strong quality in common: our love for the outdoors, and we’re excited for the chance to share our passion with you! On May 18th we had our first taste of what it was like to be a raft guide, and for the past few days we’ve been training under some of the best guides this valley has to offer. We’ve found that hands-on … continued

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool in Glenwood Springs

Dog days of summer got you down? Never fear! Plan a weekend (oh heck, make it a week!) to Glenwood Springs. This beautiful little mountain town nestled between Aspen and Vail is the perfect high-elevation destination to cool off. What makes Glenwood even been are the endless number of adventures to keep you as busy or relaxed as you wish during your visit. Here is our top list of activities for you to beat the heat this summer and stay cool in Glenwood Springs: Whitewater rafting: This has to be travelers favorite things to do in town. There is nothing … continued

Glenwood Adventure Winter Athlete – Telemark Skier Henry Barth

We’re proud to say that we work with an array of very talented athletes at Glenwood Adventure Company. Our guide staff boasts a professional stand up paddleboarder, a NFL player and now a member on the national telemark skiing team. Henry Barth is the second youngest member of the United States Telemark Ski Association on the 2014 National Team. In the developmental division for athletes aged 17 and younger, he will compete in competitions at every level including the upcoming World Cup. We’re lucky to have him here at Glenwood Adventure. He’s a great help in the boat house and … continued

Rafting Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Canyon

As autumn sneaks up on us and the summer winds down, Glenwood Adventure and Lakota Guides Glenwood Springs are getting to run their last trips rafting the Shoshone rapids in Glenwood Canyon. Glenwood Adventure had a fantastic summer and took more Glenwood Springs visitors and locals on the river than ever before. That’s why there is an extremely limited number of spots left to go whitewater rafting in Glenwood Canyon this season. There are less than 50 spots left, so if you planned to get in a last whitewater rafting trip this year you should book a trip as soon … continued

Rafting with Young Children in Glenwood Springs

With lower water flows on the Colorado River, August and September pose the perfect opportunity to get the family’s young children, who might not yet be able to handle the stream’s gushing 10,000-plus cubic feet per second, in the water. The flow at the put-in at Shoshone, the largest rapid we raft, ran at 1,490 cfs, as of today – just enough whitewater to get you wet, but not enough to scare anyone. The Glenwood Adventure Company, in partnership with Lakota Guides, will offer the trip until the flow gets too low or the weather gets too cold, whichever comes first, and since … continued

Paragliding in Glenwood Springs – the Adventure of a Lifetime

“It’s never too early to check something off of your bucket list, ” said owner of Glenwood Adventure Company Ken Murphy as he sent his two young daughters (just 9 and 11) sailing off the top of a mountain over Glenwood Springs. Naturally, adventure is in these girls’ blood. When they landed the first thing out of their mouths was “It was awesome! When can we do it again!?” Now that, my friends, is how to make a life rich with memories. If you have ever dreamed of flying, or gazed up at the birds soaring above longing to join … continued

Aspen Extreme Sports Camp – Making Our Jobs Worthwhile

Working at Glenwood Adventure Company has its perks. Everyday you interact with folks that are excited to be on holiday and are in good spirits to try something new and fun. We also get to enjoy one of most beautiful places on earth guiding river trips, segway tours, horseback rides, SUP tours, hummer tours, ATV tours and more! It’s not often you’ll hear one of our staff members call this a ‘job’. However, every once in a while, something extra special comes along that just blows us out of the water and reminds us why we get up every morning, … continued

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Glenwood Springs

Stand up paddleboarding in Glenwood Springs is one of the hottest adventures on the river right now! First off, if you haven’t heard of stand up paddleboards (SUP), it  is an oversized surfboard coupled with a long outrigger-style paddle that originated in Hawaii, and has recently gained popularity on surf beaches around the world. It’s pretty common to see SUPs on the ocean or flat water lakes around the US, but now it’s  making its way upstream into the whitewater rivers of the American West. Stand up paddleboarding on a river is a bit of a different beast, but a … continued

New ice cream shop in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Adventure Company just opened up a ice cream and sweet shop. Across the Cooper Avenue from the Glenwood Adventure Company, adventurers can now cap off a trip, or simply stop in for an afternoon treat, with a variety of specialty candy, ice cream and soda. Sweet Adventures, owned by the Glenwood Adventure Company, offer 32 flavors of ice cream, more than 100 different types of candy that will bring back sweet childhood memories and more than 70 different flavors of soda imported from around the United States. The candy and bottled soda can be mixed and matched into different … continued