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Exploring Glenwood Springs: A Family-Friendly Colorado Getaway

Early Morning at Glenwood Hot Springs
Early Morning at Glenwood Hot Springs

Since the mid-1990s, Glenwood Springs has been a cherished destination for our family, offering a retreat from the bitter cold of what was then our hometown in Northwest Colorado. Despite the persistent chill, we found warmth and relaxation in the soothing waters of the Hot Springs. Over the years, our visits have evolved, but our love for this charming town nestled in the Rockies remains steadfast.

In the early days, when our budget was tight and overnight stays seemed out of reach, we would embark on day trips, returning home before nightfall. Despite our financial constraints, we cherished every moment spent at the Hot Springs, creating cherished memories that endure to this day.

Fast forward to 2024, and our affection for Glenwood Springs remains undiminished. Initially planning a more extravagant escape to tropical locales, fate intervened in the form of a necessary HVAC replacement. Undeterred, we shifted gears and opted for a budget-friendly retreat to our beloved Glenwood.

As we scoured accommodations and activities for our getaway, we encountered unexpected challenges due to

Glenwood Springs Cedar Lodge
Glenwood Springs Cedar Lodge

the peak Spring Break season. Determined to make the most of our trip without breaking the bank, we stumbled upon Glenwood Springs Cedar Lodge—a hidden gem offering modest yet comfortable lodgings at a fraction of the cost.

Despite its simplicity, the lodge exceeded our expectations with its impeccable cleanliness, tranquil atmosphere, and friendly staff. While we fondly anticipate future stays at the Hot Springs Lodge, we've found a new favorite in Glenwood Springs Cedar Lodge.

Of course, the main attraction of our trip was the iconic Hot Springs. Regardless of the season, the allure of these historic pools never wanes. There's something truly magical about soaking in the steaming waters amidst the crisp mountain air, whether under the glow of morning light or beneath a star-studded sky.

For families, the Hot Springs offer a haven of fun, with dedicated areas for children and thrilling diving boards for the more adventurous. As renovations and expansions continue, the Hot Springs promise even more delights for future visitors.

Beyond the Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs serves as an ideal base for exploring the surrounding wonders of Colorado. During our stay, we embarked on day trips to Aspen and the Colorado National Monument, each offering its own unique allure.

Aspen Mountain as seen from Red Mountain Road
Aspen Mountain as seen from Red Mountain Road

Aspen, with its eclectic charm and vibrant energy, provided a captivating contrast to the serene beauty of Glenwood. From leisurely strolls through the town to scenic drives along Independence Pass, Aspen offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

One of the amazing views in Colorado National Monument
One of the amazing views in Colorado National Monument

On the other hand, the Colorado National Monument captivated us with its breathtaking vistas and rugged terrain. With miles of scenic drives and hiking trails to explore, this hidden gem offers a captivating glimpse into the natural wonders of the American West.

As our trip drew to a close, we reflected on the timeless appeal of Glenwood Springs and the surrounding region. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a change of scenery, this picturesque corner of Colorado offers something for everyone.

As we eagerly anticipate our next visit, we invite fellow travelers to experience the magic of Glenwood Springs for themselves. Whether it's a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a solo retreat, Glenwood Springs promises memories that will last a lifetime. And should you have any questions or need recommendations, don't hesitate to reach out—after all, sharing the joy of discovery is what makes travel truly special.

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