Glenwood Canyon Bike Path. A concrete trail sandwiched between the Colorado River and the highway traffic, Glenwood Canyon Bike Path runs about 16 miles from Dotsero southwest to Glenwood Springs through the spectacular depths of Glenwood Canyon. The path generally runs below, and out of sight of the interstate, and the roar of the river drowns out the sound of traffic. Because of the mild climate on Colorado's Western Slope, it's only closed in the winter months during heavy snow years. The concrete path also has several dirt spurs that head up into White River National Forest for hikers and mountain bikers. A choice ride is the 18-mile round-trip from Glenwood Springs east up to the trailhead at Hanging Lake, where you can leave your bike and hike a steep mile (climbing 1,000 feet) to the beautiful emerald lake. Horseshoe Bend, about 2 miles from the Vapor Caves, is a perfect picnic spot, since the highway ducks out of sight into a series of tunnels. Trailhead: enter path from either the Yampah Spa Hot Springs Vapor Caves in Glenwood Springs or farther east on I–70 at Grizzly Creek rest area, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601.

Outfitters and Rentals

Canyon Bikes. Canyon Bikes will shuttle you 16 miles up Glenwood Canyon. You can then enjoy the downhill bike ride on a paved recreation path back to the shop at Hotel Colorado. 319 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–8904 or 877/945–6605.

Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop. Downtown's Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop rents mountain and comfort bikes, as well as tandem bikes and tag-a-longs for young riders. 309 9th St., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–9425.

Roaring Fork Anglers. This shop leads wade and float trips throughout the area, and sells a variety of fly-fishing gear. 2205 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–0180.

Roaring Fork Outfitters. Roaring Fork Outfitters has a huge selection of flies; their helpful guides will help you find the right ones. 2022 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945-5800.

Colorado River. When the ski season is over and Colorado's "white gold" starts to melt, many ski instructors swap their sticks for paddles and hit the mighty Colorado River for the spring and summer rafting seasons. Stomach-churning holes, chutes, and waves beckon adrenaline junkies, while calmer souls can revel in the shade of Glenwood Canyon's towering walls. Glenwood Springs, CO.


Blue Sky Adventures. At this outfitter, you can book a "Pedals & Paddles" package that includes a half-day raft trip with Blue Sky Adventures, followed by a bike rental from next-door sister company, Canyon Bikes. 319 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–6605 or 877/945–6605.

Colorado Division of Wildlife. If you're the independent type, lead your own white-water rafting adventure by putting in at the boat ramp operated by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It's on the Roaring Fork River, just east of town. County Rd. 106, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81623. 970/947-2920.

Rock Gardens Rafting. In addition to half- and full-day trips on the Colorado River, Rock Gardens Rafting rents inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. 1308 County Rd. 129, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–6737 or 800/958–6737.

Whitewater Rafting, LLC. This company offers tours that include the "Double Shoshone" tour, where you run the area's most hair-raising white-water rapids—twice. 2000 Devereux Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–8477 or 800/993–7238.