Glenwood Springs has always been a favorite place of mine to visit. Getting there via Amtrack and the California Zephyr is an option worth considering if you’re looking to avoid the drive and see some stunning scenery along the way.
The train departs from Denver (DEN), Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street at 8:05 a.m. and arrives in Glenwood Springs (GSC) at 1:53 p.m. The return train departs GSC at 12:10 p.m. and arrives in DEN at 6:38 p.m. Roundtrip fare is $78 per adult, with various passenger discounts available. You can bring your own food. Snacks and lunch are available for purchase. For reservations and more information visit www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage
You’ll enjoy the ride and scenery as you pass through Gore, Byers, and Glenwood Canyons, cross the Continental Divide via Moffat Tunnel and wind along the Colorado River (be on the lookout for mooners during the warmer months) through the Rocky Mountains.
Package deals are available through RMA Tours www.rmatours.com/glenwood.html and include roundtrip rail coach fare from DEN, hotel and train station transfers, your choice of lodging at Hotel Colorado www.hotelcolorado.com/ or Ramada Inn www.ramadaglenwood.com/accommodations.html and tax, and 1 day hot springs pool pass for each person.
If you prefer to piecemeal your plans, The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge www.hotspringspool.com/index.php or The Hotel Denver www.thehoteldenver.com are accommodations to consider. Most hotels offer activity and accommodation packages so it’s best to calculate your cost to get the most bang for your buck once you’ve decided on your travel dates, activities, and room preferences.
I always make it a point to have dinner at the Italian Underground, 715 Grand Ave, 970.945.6422, when I’m in Glenwood. The Italian cuisine is excellent, atmosphere is cozy and the ambiance very inviting. Dinner prices range from $11.95 - $16.95, and include bread, salad, and ice cream. There are about 25-30 wine selections on the menu. They are open daily from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. but the line begins to form prior to opening so be prepared to wait at least half an hour.
Glenwood Springs is located within 60 miles of 6 world class ski resorts, skiing at Sunlight Mountain www.sunlightmtn.com/ offers a closer (within 15 miles of Glenwood Springs) and less expensive alternative to some of the more pricey slopes. Whether it’s skiing, hiking, biking, rafting or total relaxation at the hot springs or vapor caves www.yampahspa.com Glenwood has an abundance of activity choices for any time of the year that are sure to please whatever your heart desires.