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Closure Notice: Currently the middle section of the trail, from Shoshone Rest Area to Blair Ranch is closed due to high waters.
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.
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.
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