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The City of Glenwood Springs
is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous
city of Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The United States
Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 8,564 in 2005.
Glenwood Springs is home to one of the campuses in the Colorado Mountain
services regularly stop at Glenwood Springs. The California Zephyr operates
daily in both directions between Chicago and Emeryville, California (across
the bay from San Francisco).
Amtrak takes an extremely
scenic route through the mountains between Denver and Glenwood Springs.
Much of the route follows the Colorado River and is away from roads and
major development. Part of the route near Glenwood Springs was used for
locations in the 1995 action movie Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, starring
Glenwood Springs lies about
45 miles north of Aspen and 60 miles west of Vail. There are 6 world class
ski resorts in this triangle: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands
and Buttermilk in the Aspen area and Beaver Creek and Vail Mountain in
the Vail area. There is also a family ski resort 10 miles from town, Sunlight
Mountain, to which the locals are very loyal.
Two rivers, the Colorado
River and Roaring Fork River, converge in Glenwood Springs. Both are used
extensively for recreation by locals, visitors and commercial outfitters.
There are quite a few noted
mountain bike trails in the Roaring Fork Valley, all requiring fitness
and stamina. The favored routes for locals are the Forest Hollow Trail
that winds along the rim above Glenwood Canyon and the Scout Trail, an
extreme drop from the canyon rim into downtown Glenwood. Red Mountain,
aka the Jeannie Golay Trail, is a straight up- straight down dirt road
that locals use for training and exercise.
The 16 mile long recreation
trail through Glewood Canyon is sandwiched between the canyon walls and
the Colorado River. It is suitable for families and recreational riders,
with several access points and rest areas along the way. Bike rentals and
shuttles are available at several outfitters in town. There is also a paved
loop along the Roaring Fork River that takes you from one end of town to
the other and back again.
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