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Community Profile

Our Location

Glenwood Springs is 160 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction via Interstate 70. Either direction, it’s a beautiful drive through the scenic Western Slope or Glenwood Canyon.

Elevation: 5,746 feet above sea level
Population: 9,614

Our Climate

At 5,746 feet, Glenwood Springs enjoys an Alpine climate with virtually no humidity in the summer and very mild winters.

Annual Average Tempertures:
80 degrees – SUMMER (June-August)
60-70 degrees – FALL (September-October)
30-40 degrees – WINTER (December-March)
60-70 degrees – SPRING (April-May)

Annual Precipitation- 18 inches
Average Snowfall at Sunlight Mountain Resort- 250 inches

About Garfield County

Incorporated on February 10, 1883, Garfield County, Colorado, is named after the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. Born in Ohio on November 19, 1831, Garfield is a very appropriate namesake for a county as diverse as this. Diverse in his background, interests and profession, some part of his life is likely to inspire everyone.

Garfield County is one of the largest counties in Colorado, incorporating nearly 3,000 square miles on the western boundary of the state. The county has more than doubled in population since 1985 and is projected to double in size again by 2040. With this continual population increase and growth pressure comes many transitions within each of the six incorporated communities, as well as changes seen at a countywide level.

With a county that is rapidly changing, it is important to track its physical, social and economic factors, in order to give a general indication of where the county has been, as well as where it will likely go. Information of this nature can be helpful, not only for county and municipal governments, but also for those thinking of starting a business, relocating to the area, or for residents curious about the baseline information about where they live.

Click here to view Garfield County Community Profile.

Accolades for Glenwood Springs

2017

​2016

2015

2014

  • America’s Favorite Towns, Glenwood Springs ranked 16, Travel + Leisure
  • Glenwood Springs featured, Hotel Impossible: Airing the Family Business,  Travel Channel
  • Top 10 Small Towns - America’s Best Places To Live and Visit, Livability
  • America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors, Travel + Leisure
  • Glenwood Canyon featured, 10 Best Bucket-list U.S. Monuments and Landmarks, USA Today
  • Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns featured, 10 Best Roller Coaster Rides of Your Life, USA Today and Park World
  • America’s Best Towns for July 4th, Travel + Leisure
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park featured, 5 Places to ‘Get High’ in Colorado (no pot required), TODAY
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park featured, 8 Amazing American Caves, CNN
  • Glenwood Hot Springs featured, 10 Spectacular Ski Resort Pools and Hot Tubs, USA Today
  • Glenwood Hot Springs featured, The 10 Best Hotel Pools in America, Men’s Journal

2013

  • Twenty Best Small Towns in America, Smithsonian Magazine
  • Contender in Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns
  • Hotel Colorado named one of America’s Best Hotels for Christmas, Travel & Leisure
  • Spa of the Rockies, Best Mineral or Thermal Spring Spa, SpaFinder Wellness
  • Beautiful Colorado: 50 postcard-perfect images, USA Today
  • Glenwood Hot Springs featured, America’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools, CNN Travel
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park featured on Ride-iculous, Travel Channel

2012

  • Best of the Road - Top 7 Ski Town, Rand McNally & USA Today
  • Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures featured on CNBC & MSNBC
  • 10 Great Places to Try Stand-up Paddle Boarding, USA Today
  • 10 Best Scenery-Stealing Biker-Worthy Stretches Of US Route 6, Huffington Post
  • Glenwood Caverns Opens Cliffhanger, Highest Elevation Roller Coaster in US, Huffington Post
  • Best Hotel Pools in the United States for Families, Smarter Travel, Trekaroo
  • Rocky Mountain Hot Pools Warm Winter Bathers, USA Today Go Escape
  • Spa of the Rockies, Best Mineral or Thermal Spring Spa, SpaFinder Wellness

2011

  • Voted America’s Most Fun Small Town, Rand McNally & USA Today Travel
  • Weekend Getaways to Soak Away Stress, Sunset magazine
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park featured on Bert the Conquer episode, Travel Channel and Good Morning America
  • The Pullman, Best New Restaurants, Esquire Magazine
  • Spa of the Rockies, Best Mineral or Thermal Springs Spa, SpaFinder
  • Spa of the Rockies, Best Domestic Mineral Springs Spas, Spa magazine
Rafting in Glenwood Canyon
Rafting in Glenwood Canyon
Ute Blessing at Sunlight Mountain Resort
Ute Blessing at Sunlight Mountain Resort
Fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork River
Fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork River
Relaxing at Glenwood Hot Springs
Relaxing at Glenwood Hot Springs
Cycling on the Rio Grande Trail
Cycling on the Rio Grande Trail