Roam through the Rocky Mountain region in an RV rental to explore Glenwood Springs, CO and the surrounding area. Travel trailers hitch to most trucks and sleep two to eight. They start at $60 per night. Class C RVs drive like a van, sleep four or more, and cost about $80 per night. RVers craving spacious transport should book a Class A motorhome. They comfortably house up to 10 travelers and begin at $120 nightly.
This planned seven-day road trip from Denver to Moab includes a stop in Glenwood Springs. The scenic route takes you through the Rockies via I-70, across the Continental Divide, and into Utah, stopping at awe-inspiring parks where you can enjoy a full array of outdoor activities.
Breckenridge, Colorado is a perfect year-round destination. There is a vibrant city center with high-end shopping and local artisanal goods, excellent restaurants, and frequent community festivals. The surrounding area has hiking trails, lakes and creeks for fishing, and mountain biking paths. A four-day stay is enough time to explore the town, soak in the culture, and experience the pristine natural environment.
Denver, the Mile High City, is a major urban area that still exudes a mountain identity. The city has top-end art and science museums, one of the premier zoos in the country, and a robust park system. Denver's signature attraction, Red Rocks Amphitheater, is an outdoor venue carved into towering red sandstone formations. Red Rocks draws major touring artists, so check showtimes when planning your stay. A five-day visit is enough time to experience the top attractions before crossing the Rockies.
Glenwood Springs, originally home to the Ute tribe, was settled by James Landis in the 1880s. Early residents recognized the tourism potential and developed hotels and spas around the natural springs, drawing travelers and those with respiratory illnesses who sought the waters' healing power. The surrounding area boomed as coal mining and ranching established themselves as the primary industries alongside tourism.
Today, Glenwood Springs is a resort town with a population of almost 10,000. The area rests deep in a canyon, with multiple surrounding caves and active geothermal sites that warm the signature springs. RVers can easily access the town because I-70 runs just past it.
The community is a year-round destination. Sunlight Ski Area is a well-regarded ski resort 12 miles south of town. The surrounding area is packed with cross-country ski trails. ATVers and off-road enthusiasts have several options in the non-winter months. Spring and summer visitors have more hiking, boating, and climbing opportunities than they could complete in a single visit.
The city has an eclectic food scene with everything from fresh fish caught in the Colorado River to upscale Asian and Italian cuisine. Glenwood Springs is an excellent staging area for exploring western Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Varied landscapes, climates, wildlife, and activities will define your journey.
Craig, Colorado, two hours north of Glenwood Springs via SH-13, sits just west of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The town of 10,000 is "The Elk Hunting Capital of the World."
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Montrose, Colorado, 141 miles south of Glenwood Springs via I-70, is surrounded by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the south. The town's Ute Indian Museum and Museum of the Mountain West house local artifacts.
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Granby, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain Valley, has some of the top fishing spots along the Colorado River in the entire state. The town sits 7,935 feet above sea level, offering gorgeous views of the Continental Divide and a full range of outdoor activities.
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, less than three hours south of Glenwood Springs, is defined by the steep and narrow canyon of volcanic rock sculpted by the Gunnison River. Eight easy to strenuous trails cover the canyon's north and south rims. Bold travelers can enjoy difficult hiking, challenging rock climbing, and treacherous kayaking within the canyon. Three steep scenic driving routes span the park. RVs are not permitted, but trailers can be unhitched and left at the entrance lot.
Only 125 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park is an oasis of untouched natural splendor. Shuttle buses take visitors to hiking trails and other points of interest, allowing you to park your RV and easily explore. Your itinerary may include campsite or wilderness camping, biking across paved roads, mountain climbing or mountaineering, and dozens of hikes with elevation gains from 0 to 3,500 feet.
Utah's Arches National Park is less than three hours from Glenwood Springs but places you in an entirely different environment. It's home to countless natural stone arches, pinnacles, and massive balanced boulders. Contrasting reds define the vast landscape. You can drive the 18-mile scenic route before enjoying some of the 16 hiking trails, backcountry camping, ranger-guided tours, or bicycling on the paved or unpaved roads. Be sure to stay after sunset for unparalleled stargazing opportunities.
A visit to nearby Rifle Falls State Park will satisfy every outdoor adventurer. Beyond the park's three namesake waterfalls, there are limestone caves to explore, trout fishing in East Rifle Creek, and three hiking trails with a maximum 70-foot elevation change.
Rifle Gap State Park, only 25 miles west of Glenwood Springs, surrounds a 350-acre reservoir, making it a boaters paradise. Lakeview Campground has paved RV sites with full hookups. Fishermen can catch trout, walleye, pike, bass, and perch. Jet Skiing, power boating, sail boating, and swimming are all permitted.
Sylvan Lake State Park, south of nearby Eagle, Colorado, includes seven miles of hiking trails that connect to White River National Forest. The 42-acre lake allows kayaking, canoeing, motor boating, and swimming. Both the lake and surrounding creeks are well-stocked for fishing.
Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado is a vast mesa with red rock canyons and towering rock monoliths. The site is home to big horn sheep and eagles. Timing your visit at sunset provides breathtaking views if weather conditions cooperate.
The Ashcroft Ghost Town near Aspen, 50 miles from Glenwood Springs, is home to the remains of a historic silver mining boomtown. There are guided and self-guided tours of the historic buildings.
West of Glenwood Springs, in Grand Junction, the Cross Orchards Historic Site is an early 20th-century fruit ranch, and its barn and packing shed are on the National Register of Historic Places. You can tour railway cars, view historic farming equipment, and roam the site's 12 acres.
Glenwood Springs' Strawberry Days – In June, enjoy the longest-running civic festival west of the Mississippi River. The two-day celebration hosts an artisan’s fair, parade, live music, foot race, kid's activities, and carnival acts.
Annual Ghost Walk at Linwood Cemetery – Fall visitors can celebrate the Halloween season at this ghost walk event happening the last two weekends of October. Guides take you on a lantern-lit tour through a historic cemetery where you encounter costumed pioneers. Flashlights are required.
Glenwood Springs' Annual Fourth of July Celebration – Held at Two Rivers Park, this family-friendly event features live music, old-fashioned carnival games, a 4K run, entertainment, and food vendors.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – This Old West-themed amusement park takes you to the top of Iron Mountain. It hosts seasonal events, cave tours, thrill rides, tandem-skydiving, and kid-friendly attractions.
Glenwood Canyon – Visit Glenwood Canyon to go hiking, biking, and river rafting. Fishing is also popular in the canyon.
Doc Holliday Gravesite – A visit to Glenwood Springs is incomplete without a trip to the Doc Holliday Gravesite. The three-quarter-mile hike through Linwood Cemetery is well-marked and paved.
Many distinct campgrounds surround Glenwood Springs, so there's something to suit any RVer's taste. Glenwood Canyon Resort, just west of downtown, has 49 back-in sites with full hookups. The facility has an on-site convenience store, restaurant, and laundry. It also provides direct access to the Colorado River. The Glenwood Springs West/Colorado River KOA in neighboring Silt, CO offers full hookup back-in and pull-through sites. The campground has a heated pool, dog park, playground, boat launch, and convenience store. Another option is The Hideout at Glenwood Springs. This campground just south of town offers a peaceful retreat with easy access to hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting opportunities.
The CDOT has a free dump station at the rest area at Exit 90, just 30 minutes west of Glenwood Springs along I-70. A free dump station is also available east of Glenwood Springs at the Edwards rest area on I-70.
Western Colorado has great RV storage facilities close to Glenwood Springs. In De Beque, the I-70 Storage center rents spaces online, providing electronic access to their fenced outdoor lot that has 24-hour video surveillance. If you desire greater security, Grand Junction RV Storage has personnel on-site 24/7 and video cameras monitoring their fenced outdoor RV lot.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Glenwood Springs, CO, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Glenwood Springs?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Glenwood Springs from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Glenwood Springs?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.