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

Girlfriend Getaways in Glenwood Springs

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of suggested girlfriend getaways in Glenwood Springs – trips, places and activities specifically geared to the wonderful women in all our lives. These can be enjoyed individually or all together, but the latter will probably require a full weekend. A morning Glenwood Adventure Company horseback ride: The Glenwood Adventure Company offers a variety of beautiful horseback riding experiences at its ranch near the east end of the majestic Glenwood Canyon. Experience the amazing climes of the rugged Rocky Mountains, among the elk, deer and bighorn sheep that roam the high-country … continued

Glenwood Adventure Company Wins Bosco Tourism Award

Glenwood Adventure Company Honored with 2013 Bosco Tourism Award GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. –  Western Colorado outdoor adventure outfitter Glenwood Adventure Company has been awarded the 2013 Bosco Tourism Award by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. The award honors the business that has most significantly contributed to Glenwood Springs’ ever-growing tourism industry in the past year. Glenwood Adventure Company was awarded for their efforts in growing local employment opportunities, networking to bring more group travel to the area and upholding a high level of corporate citizenship. “We couldn’t have won this award without our outstanding staff,” said Glenwood Adventure Company … continued

The Colorado River – America’s Most Endangered River

It’s been a long time since the flowing waters of the Colorado River have reached the Pacific Ocean. 36 million people rely on the river for drinking water. Our beautiful river provides fresh water for several states’ bountiful crops and millions of tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s definitely something worth keeping around. American Rivers has teamed up with several other organizations and coalitions to bring the Colorado River to the spotlight of conservation and restoration efforts. You can read more about what they’re asking from Congress to protect our majestic waterway. In the meantime, what can you do to help? … continued

Planning Your Family Whitewater Rafting Trip in Glenwood Springs

Vacation is fun. Organizing the details and planning for your adventure can be a drag though. Most families want to have the highest quality experience for the best price so they can stretch their holiday dollars further. You’ll get just that when whitewater rafting with Glenwood Adventure Company. We work with Lakota Guides, who have been in the whitewater guide business for more than 30 years. Our guides receive top-notch training and seek to provide the absolute safest whitewater rafting experience for our visiting families. Even though safety is our number one priority, awesomeness is a very close second. We … continued

GAC on Rotation: Adventure Travel Songs

Every good adventure needs a sound track… and unless you’re Travis Pastrana it can’t be all heavy metal. You want enough beat to get your adrenaline up and some nice easy listening to let you enjoy the Great Outdoors in Colorado. For our magic adventure playlist formula, start with some “Road To Nowhere ” by the Talking Heads, because who doesn’t like the Talking Heads?! We’re on a road to paradise Here we go, here we go. I don’t know about you, but every time I’m in Glenwood Springs, I feel like I’m in paradise. Whether I’m rushing through the rapids while … continued

Glenwood Springs – America’s Coolest Small Town

Glenwood Springs is nominated for Budget Travel’s ‘America’s Coolest Small Towns’! There are loads of reasons why Glenwood Springs should top Budget Travels list. Locals and visitors can tour the gorgeous Bair Ranch on the seats of Glenwood Adventure’s own ATV’s, have a nice soak in  the Glenwood Springs Hot Spring Pool, experience a breathtaking Paragliding flight from the top of Red Mountain, explore the underground sights of the fairy caves and have a laugh at the Vaudeville Revue.  Glenwood Springs was named America’s Funnest Small Town in 2011 by Rand McNally.  Read the entire report of the their Glenwood Springs adventure at the Best of the Road website. … continued

Winter Activities in Glenwood Springs

While not particularly known as a ski town, Glenwood Springs has been voted one of the top 7 ski towns in America by Best of the Road. You may remember from out last post that the site as also called Glenwood Springs one of the best “fun” small towns in America – and that is an award we wont dispute! While the ski areas of Summit County are good, they also tend to be more crowded due to their proximity to the front range. Vail is cool, but arguably one-dimensional. But keep driving down I-70 and you come to Glenwood Springs. Once you … continued

Horsing Around in Glenwood Canyon

This week, we had the pleasure of taking April Clark with the local newspaper up to our ranch in Glenwood Canyon for a horseback ride through the spectacular fall foliage. Our family-run ranch is tucked away right in the mouth of Glenwood Canyon bordering White River National Forest. From the moment you arrive on the property, you’ll instantly know that our guides deeply care about guests’ experiences. Glenwood Adventure Company offers 1-hour, 2-hour and specialty sunset horseback tours that are great no matter if you’ve never been on a horse or if you’re a seasoned pro. There’s no better time … continued

Fall Adventures in Glenwood Springs

Just because summer is basically over doesn’t mean that Glenwood Springs closes up shop. There are still loads of great activities to be had in our beautiful little town and all without the crowds! A few recommendations: Bike Rentals and our free Glenwood Canyon Shuttle: If you don’t spend a few hours on a bike trail in Glenwood Springs, you’re missing out. We recommend cruising through Glenwood Canyon and using our free shuttle. Fishing Tours: Fishing on the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers has been spectacular this year, but it’s going to get even better from here through November. You’ll … continued