Quality Inn & Suites On The River
2650 Gilstrap Court
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: (970) 945-5995
Fax: (970) 945-4579
While the tourists flock to Glenwood Spring's world famous hot springs pool, locals avoid the crowds and commercialism and sneak over to this tiny pool of hot water. Located along the banks of the Colorado River, a few yards east of a rafting company's take-out spot in Two Rivers Park, this tiny water pocket is fed by the hot spring's pool itself. The water is hotter than 90 degrees, and its amphitheater of stone can fit five to six people. If it gets too hot, just step over the tiny stone wall for a cold plunge into the Colorado River that hovers between 40-50 degrees. This is also a popular stop with the rafting companies.
If you grow weary of climbing mountains this attraction allows you to mole inside one instead. Originally deemed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" the caverns, 45 miles (72 kilometers) away from Aspen, shut down during World War I and did not regain attraction-status until the 1980s. The guided Family Tour is a great way to get awed by stalagmites and stalactites and lasts about two hours. The adventurous can opt for the guided Wild Tour which explores many of the cave's undeveloped chambers. Advanced reservations are required for the Wild Tour and is restricted to kids over 13.
White River Forest surrounds the town of Breckenridge and includes three other major ski areas: Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin as well as Dillon Reservoir, so recreational activities are boundless. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the area year round. In addition to winter sports such as downhill and cross-country skiing, there are summertime activities like boating, fishing, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, and more. In addition to lodges and hotels in Breckenridge, Dillon and beyond, there are several campgrounds around Dillon Reservoir as well as numerous backcountry and dispersed camping options. The Rocky Mountains at their finest, any time of year!
These are the folks to call if you are looking to upgrade your vacation from good to spectacular. Explore Aspen's legendary backcountry via horseback and choose from hourly, half-, full- and multi-day trips. The hourly trips conveniently depart from Snowmass. Half- and full-day wanders both include lunch. The multi-day trips can last from two to seven days and include tents and cooked meals. Kids must be over seven for the overnight trips. Groups and private rides are also available. Guided fishing and hunting trips are offered as well.
The Sunlight Mountain Resort is nestled in the White River National Forest. This destination is popular among adventure and winter sports enthusiasts. It is equipped with 67 trails, two terrain parks and slopes for all skill levels. Enjoy snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobile tours and more at great prices.
Carbondale Sk8 Park is a fun place to be if you are a beginner or if you wish to polish your skating skills. The instructors here offer skating lessons for two different types of groups at USD60. The park is decked with deep bowls and 26 hips, it also houses a full-pipe with a capsule end. It is a one of kind experience for skaters to enjoy themselves in this vast park under the clear blue Carbondale skies.
Brink Outfitters is your one-stop outpost for everything fun on and around Sweetwater Lake. Whether you're here for horseback riding, camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking - or just to breathe some fresh mountain air, Brink will set you up with all the equipment, advice and accomodations you need. And the on-site restaurant Diamond Jack's will keep you well fed. See website for photos and more.
Situated at 7,700 feet above sea level, Sweetwater Lake is an adventure-seeker's paradise. The Lake is surrounded by the White River National Forest, giving way to a number of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. Take in a deep breath and gaze in wonder at the spectacular scenery as well. Home to a vast array of deer, elk, bears, and other wildlife, this lake is sure not to disappoint.
Located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers this fly specialist shop offers year-round fishing adventures. Guided trips range from half to full day and your choice of walk-and-wade or a float trip on a McKenzie River Boat. Its experienced guides will up your chances of catching trout by teaching you how to read water, what hatch the trout are feeding on and where to cast. If it is gear you crave Frying Pan Anglers carries waders, rods and reels, flies, nets, hats, rod cases, glasses and books.
The Cotton Ranch Golf Club rests in the spectacular Gypsum Creek Valley, amid natural scenery beautiful enough to distract even the most avid sportsman. Aside from the 18-hole course, they also have a pool, tennis courts, fitness facility, and practice range. They stay open as late in the year as the weather allows.