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 is one of the best ways to stay cool in Glenwood Springs.
Whitewater Rafting is one of the best ways to stay cool in Glenwood Springs.

Whitewater rafting: This has to be travelers favorite things to do in town. There is nothing like hoping in a raft with an experienced (and charming) guide to take you down the Colorado or Roaring Fork Rivers. At Glenwood Adventure, we make sure there’s always enough whitewater to get everyone wet and that the trip is suitable for nearly every age and ability. Now is the best time of year to slap on some sunscreen and hit the rapids!

Hike Hanging Lake: This is an activity that you’ll want to get to early in the morning if you want to keep it cool. That’s the best time not only because you’ll miss the afternoon heat wave, but also the afternoon crowds. The best part? Hump it up this mile-long well-paved trail and find the hidden lake at the top. It’s crystal clear waters and Rocky Mountain view are unforgettable and you can even get a nice misting climbing behind the cascading waterfalls.

The Hot Springs Pool: Don’t let the name fool you. Glenwood’s Hot Springs Pool is known for it’s hot mineral pool, but is complemented by a huge cool pool. Swimmers can wade in the shallow end, swim laps or spend countless hours going down the massive water slides. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the sprawling lawns and make it a day!

Sweet Adventures: Tastebuds need cooling down too! When the heat gets you in a bad mood and you need a pick-me-up, Sweet Adventures can turn your day around with one of their delicious ice cream concoctions. Not into ice cream? They have an impressive assortment of classic and unique candies and treats to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

Glenwood Caverns Cave Tour: At the top of Iron Mountain, Glenwood Springs visitors will find the main attraction of Glenwood Cavern’s Adventure Park – the Fairy Caves. The caves have several options for walking tours showcasing interesting history and unbelievable cave formations. And the caves are always at a cool 52 degrees – no matter what time of year. It’s basically ┬áMother Nature’s built-in air conditioner!