Hot springs pool
This town is known for its laid-back mountain life, and one of the better ways to experience that is by visiting the world-famous hot springs pool. Located near downtown, the pool is filled with more than 15 minerals and hot water from the Yampah hot spring. Ride the waterslide, swim laps or enjoy the bubble chairs. hotspringspool.com
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park/Fairy Caves
This is another local treasure, and getting there is easy via a gondola. You can choose a low-stress walking tour of the caverns or opt for the adventurous Wild Cave Tour in which participants strap on helmets. Take a ride on the highest elevation roller coaster in North America or the Giant Canyon Swing. glenwoodcaverns.com
There are many incredible hikes in the area, but this one is by far the most rewarding. Tucked away in scenic Glenwood Canyon, this 1-mile trip includes 1,000 feet of elevation gain to an amazingly clear and serene blue-green lake filled by a peaceful waterfall. Don't forget to take the short trek to Spouting Rock. visitglenwood.com/hanging-lake
Raft the Colorado River
Many raft trips offer 16 miles of white-water rapids, views of the canyon walls and a chance to check out the local wildlife. You can go for a full day or settle for half. The Shoshone rapids (class 3-4, depending on season) is an experience you won't forget. One piece of advice: Be prepared for a water fight with passing rebel rafts! raftingglenwoodsprings.com
After a long day at the hot springs pool or climbing around the Fairy Caves, you'll need a delicious dinner. This family-owned Italian restaurant is a local favorite. The homemade food is delicious; the menu features all of your Italian favorites along with mouth-watering chef specials and desserts. The location lends itself to a little after-dinner shopping as well.