Glenwood’s fall colors show up in U.S. ranking
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting crisper, and soon Glenwood Springs will be a sea of red, orange and yellow leaves.
Residents know how beautiful the area is during fall, but Glenwood Springs received national attention this month when Travel + Leisure readers voted the city one of the top 10 for fall colors as part of the “America’s Favorite Towns” survey. Snowmass Village came in at No. 8, with Glenwood Springs rounding out the list at No. 10.
“We think Glenwood is of course the greatest city year-round,” said Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. “It is a little quieter in the fall, and the temperatures are usually very mild. There’s just something about the smell of fall in the air in Glenwood; it’s invigorating.”
Virgili said a variety of local activities are especially well suited for fall, including fly fishing, horseback riding, hunting, golfing, going to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park or the Hot Springs Pool, taking drives over McClure or Independence passes and biking.
“The trail through the canyon and the Rio Grande Trail are especially beautiful with the leaves turning,” Virgili said.
Glenwood also offers multiple indoor activities during the fall, including the Fall Art Festival. But the real draw of the city is its outdoor options.
“There’s nothing like the colors in the Rocky Mountains in the fall,” Virgili said.
This isn’t the first time this year that Glenwood Springs has been recognized as something special. In August, the 4,400-foot Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was listed among the best roller coaster rides in the nation by USA Today as part of its “10 Great Places” series.
And of course in 2011, Rand McNally and USA Today named it Most Fun Town in America.
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