The next leg of our trip will take us out of Moab (the back way if you’d like to stop at Fischer Towers) and up to i70. On i70 continue east towards Colorado. Passing the Colorado border, you’ll continue through to Glenwood Springs, Colorado sitting at 5,761 feet.
On this three hour drive stop for lunch in Fruita. If you’re looking for a secret Italian hot spot you’ll hit the Hot Tomato in Fruita, Colorado, 4,514 feet. The pizza’s great, but the Stromboli’s where it’s at...just so you know. If you’re a wine junky, the Palisade wineries will be a great stop to stock up for your collection. If you pass a fruit stand for peaches, stop and grab a few...you’ve heard of Palisade peaches, now eating on in Palisade really juices those babies up!
Finally you’ll end up in Glenwood Springs. Voted one of the hottest spots to cool down, this town is joyous. Don’t miss the hot springs in town. Both located downtown you can choose either the “Iron Mountain Hot Springs” or the “Glenwood Hot Springs Pool”. Iron Mountain will have a more spa like atmosphere with little pools of varying temperatures. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is the largest mineral hot springs pool. There's a "big pool" and a "hot pool" and it gets hotter as you travel east, cooler west. This is definitely the perfect place if you have kids.
Can’t get enough of the heat? Treat yourself to a spa trip at the Yampah Spa Vapor Caves. Just $15 dollars for an all day pass, this is a great place to steam up and relax on this leg of the trip.
Looking for activities for your family? Take the mountainside gondola up to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. With rides, roller coasters, and more this is a great mountaintop adventure for kids ranging from 4-adult. While on the mountain top, do not miss the fairy caves. They’re a magical experience that can easily be overlooked while in town.
Favorite Places to eat:
Speaking to the brew masters out there, don’t forget Glenwood springs is home to Casey Brewing. This company became famous for their award winning sour collaborations, but they’ve expanded their location, and menu and these are hard to get your hands on. With a taproom right downtown, you can order in food from anywhere downtown and enjoy the hops, fruit, and ale!
Glenwood Springs also has mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and more if you’re looking to continue your outdoor adventure. The hike to do is the Hanging Lake Hike. This is something you''ll need to schedule, but its FAMOUS and even better in person...just look and see:
In town attractions that are hidden secrets include The Rock Shop and The Escape room...both fun adventures within themselves. This mountain town has it all, and is such a fun place to ground yourself on this road trip.