Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

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The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all pursuits. The trail is closed in winter and sometimes into the spring when the water level in the Colorado River is high. There are plenty of resting areas, as well as picnic sites, restrooms and fishing access points.

Along this scenic trail through the river canyon you may spot wildlife, including a band of bighorn sheep introduced into the area in the early '90s. You will also see plenty of people floating this stretch of river, which also shares the corridor with Interstate 70.

Start the trail in Glenwood Springs at Glenwood Canyon Resort. In town, you can also hook up with the Rio Grande Trail, which heads south and east to Aspen.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the trail in Glenwood Springs, head for Glenwood Canyon Resort (1308 County Road 129). The trail begins between the resort entrance and rest area.

To access the trail in Dotsero, take I-70 to Exit 133. Take the frontage road on the north side of the highway (heading west) to its end.

Local shuttles originating in Glenwood Springs are available for a fee for those wanting to do the trail only one way.

Reviews

Excellent paved trail

   April, 2016 by angiedickson

Although it was a windy,overcast day, this ride was very enjoyable. We parked at the No name exit which had ample parking, vending machines and port a potties. Since there was a major threat of rain, we only rode about 8 miles round trip. The paved path ...read more

Well worth the effort

   January, 2016 by GeoBiker

Mid October ride: On way to ride from Denver, I stopped at "No Name" rest area for a bathroom stop. Wildlife officer at trail junction said trail was temporarily closed while they were removing a tranquilized bear. Continued on to Glenwood Springs. I ...read more

Great First Spring Ride

   April, 2015 by lorenr

This trail is one of the first in the area to open each spring. It's an out and back ride. Prevailing winds actually make the downhill direction a bit difficult so I'd recommend starting at one of the rest stops at the upper end. read more