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Lynn's Glenwood Springs Guidebook

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Lynn's Glenwood Springs Guidebook

Hot Springs Pools
One of Glenwood Spring's most famous attractions, this pool is open daily year-around, and is fed by natural geothermal hot mineral springs. The big pool is around 96 F and the smaller pool is around 104 F. You can get a pool-only pass, or you can use the Athletic Club entrance for use of pool, exercise equipment, sauna and steam room. The pool has lap lanes for swimming, and an awesome enormous 12 ft deep end with diving board. Seasonal attractions include the Shoshone Chutes "adventure river" and splash pad / waterfall for toddlers. One of my favorite places ever! Very family friendly.
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Glenwood Hot Springs
401 North River Street
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One of Glenwood Spring's most famous attractions, this pool is open daily year-around, and is fed by natural geothermal hot mineral springs. The big pool is around 96 F and the smaller pool is around 104 F. You can get a pool-only pass, or you can use the Athletic Club entrance for use of pool, exercise equipment, sauna and steam room. The pool has lap lanes for swimming, and an awesome enormous 12 ft deep end with diving board. Seasonal attractions include the Shoshone Chutes "adventure river" and splash pad / waterfall for toddlers. One of my favorite places ever! Very family friendly.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs is located on the west side of Glenwood Springs. Open year around, it offers several small soaking pools with varying temps. It also has a larger family pool and jetted hot tub. In my opinion, this hot springs is more geared for adult soaking rather than swimming. They offer a very yummy snack bar and also adult beverages (beer, wine). This is a great bird watching spot and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon just watching the Colorado River flow by. It's also perfect for an apres-ski, star gazing night soak. Highly recommend.
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs
281 Centennial St
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs is located on the west side of Glenwood Springs. Open year around, it offers several small soaking pools with varying temps. It also has a larger family pool and jetted hot tub. In my opinion, this hot springs is more geared for adult soaking rather than swimming. They offer a very yummy snack bar and also adult beverages (beer, wine). This is a great bird watching spot and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon just watching the Colorado River flow by. It's also perfect for an apres-ski, star gazing night soak. Highly recommend.
This is a beautiful but small resort about 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs, outside of Carbondale. They have small hot springs for their overnight guests, which are also available to non-hotel-guests with an advance reservation. A perfect spot for a romantic hot springs soak!
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Avalanche Ranch
12863 Colorado 133
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This is a beautiful but small resort about 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs, outside of Carbondale. They have small hot springs for their overnight guests, which are also available to non-hotel-guests with an advance reservation. A perfect spot for a romantic hot springs soak!
The Yampah hot springs Vapor Caves and spa is located right by the big Glenwood Hot Springs pool in the city of Glenwood Springs. It offers beautiful and unique "vapor caves" in which hot mineral springs creates steamy vapor inside these gorgeous natural caverns. You can also arrange for a private hot springs soak, a massage, or a variety of other spa treatments here.
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Yampah Spa & Salon
709 6th Street
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The Yampah hot springs Vapor Caves and spa is located right by the big Glenwood Hot Springs pool in the city of Glenwood Springs. It offers beautiful and unique "vapor caves" in which hot mineral springs creates steamy vapor inside these gorgeous natural caverns. You can also arrange for a private hot springs soak, a massage, or a variety of other spa treatments here.
Food scene
These are some of my favorite places to eat in Glenwood Springs and surrounding area. Note: Krave Kar is a mobile app that offers carryout / delivery in the city of Glenwood.
This is usually my first choice of restaurants in downtown Glenwood Springs. They are known for steaks and burgers, but also have some of my favorite vegetarian entrees in town, as well as smoked trout and seasonal ravioli. Brunch includes a fabulous bloody mary bar and delicious benedict options. Excellent wine list and cocktails.
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Co. Ranch House
704 Grand Ave
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This is usually my first choice of restaurants in downtown Glenwood Springs. They are known for steaks and burgers, but also have some of my favorite vegetarian entrees in town, as well as smoked trout and seasonal ravioli. Brunch includes a fabulous bloody mary bar and delicious benedict options. Excellent wine list and cocktails.
This is just a wonderful all-around restaurant located in downtown Glenwood Springs. Menu changes seasonally and includes local farm to table type fare. Killer mac n' cheese. Excellent cocktails.
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The Pullman
330 7th Street
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This is just a wonderful all-around restaurant located in downtown Glenwood Springs. Menu changes seasonally and includes local farm to table type fare. Killer mac n' cheese. Excellent cocktails.
Unique, casual, delicious tacos and hot dogs joint in downtown Glenwood Springs. These are not your typical ground beef tacos but instead creative options like shrimp po' boy tacos, or my favorite, crispy fish tacos. Excellent cocktails. Limited seating, carryout available via Krave Kar (local delivery app).
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Slope & Hatch
208 7th Street
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Unique, casual, delicious tacos and hot dogs joint in downtown Glenwood Springs. These are not your typical ground beef tacos but instead creative options like shrimp po' boy tacos, or my favorite, crispy fish tacos. Excellent cocktails. Limited seating, carryout available via Krave Kar (local delivery app).
Another local favorite with a classic steak and seafood menu. Located in downtown Glenwood Springs. My favorite place to get crab legs and Plum Creek Chardonnay from Palisade CO. They have an awesome roof top patio and are open for lunch and dinner.
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Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse
308 7th Street
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Another local favorite with a classic steak and seafood menu. Located in downtown Glenwood Springs. My favorite place to get crab legs and Plum Creek Chardonnay from Palisade CO. They have an awesome roof top patio and are open for lunch and dinner.
Located outside of Glenwood Springs on the way to Carbondale. Very yummy Tibetan / Indian menu. Lots of vegetarian options. Very cozy ambience with pics of Mt. Everest.
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Nepal Restaurant
6824 Colorado 82
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Located outside of Glenwood Springs on the way to Carbondale. Very yummy Tibetan / Indian menu. Lots of vegetarian options. Very cozy ambience with pics of Mt. Everest.
Located right by the interstate exit in Glenwood Springs, this cute little diner is open for breakfast and lunch. Fabulous homemade pastries, waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, schnitzel, and more. Inexpensive and a great place to take the family for breakfast.
Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant
141 W 6th St
Located right by the interstate exit in Glenwood Springs, this cute little diner is open for breakfast and lunch. Fabulous homemade pastries, waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, schnitzel, and more. Inexpensive and a great place to take the family for breakfast.
A unique and delicious thai-fusion restaurant in Carbondale, about 25 minutes south of Glenwood Springs on hwy 82 (then turn right on 133). One of my favorites! Flavorful, spicy, healthy options and excellent cocktails.
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Phat Thai
343 Main Street
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A unique and delicious thai-fusion restaurant in Carbondale, about 25 minutes south of Glenwood Springs on hwy 82 (then turn right on 133). One of my favorites! Flavorful, spicy, healthy options and excellent cocktails.
Skiing
This is where the Glenwood Springs locals ski... It's a beautiful remote mountain and half the price of Aspen or Vail. A 30-45 minute drive up "4 Mile Road" outside of Glenwood Springs. They offer lessons for all ages. Very basic food amenities. I usually brown bag an apres-ski snack because the snack bar has limited hours and options. The resort offers ski-in / ski-out rooms and Glenwood Springs packages. Also a great area for back country, cross-country, snow shoeing, and snow mobiles. Fabulously gorgeous hiking trails in summer and fall.
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Sunlight Mountain Resort
10901 County Road 117
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This is where the Glenwood Springs locals ski... It's a beautiful remote mountain and half the price of Aspen or Vail. A 30-45 minute drive up "4 Mile Road" outside of Glenwood Springs. They offer lessons for all ages. Very basic food amenities. I usually brown bag an apres-ski snack because the snack bar has limited hours and options. The resort offers ski-in / ski-out rooms and Glenwood Springs packages. Also a great area for back country, cross-country, snow shoeing, and snow mobiles. Fabulously gorgeous hiking trails in summer and fall.
Most famous for the annual X-Games festival, this mountain is part of the Aspen/Snowmass family and is about 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs on 82 toward Aspen. The RFTA bus route travels from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and has stops at Buttermilk and the other Aspen/Snowmass mountains. This is a good option on crowded weekends when parking can be limited. This is a perfect mountain for beginners and families as it has a good variety of green and blue slopes. It also has nice amenities, food, cocktails, and often apres-ski music and entertainment.
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Buttermilk Ski Resort
38700 CO-82
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Most famous for the annual X-Games festival, this mountain is part of the Aspen/Snowmass family and is about 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs on 82 toward Aspen. The RFTA bus route travels from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and has stops at Buttermilk and the other Aspen/Snowmass mountains. This is a good option on crowded weekends when parking can be limited. This is a perfect mountain for beginners and families as it has a good variety of green and blue slopes. It also has nice amenities, food, cocktails, and often apres-ski music and entertainment.
This ski spot is about 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs on 82 toward Aspen. This is actually a ski village with many options for overnight accommodations and restaurants. This is a good place to go if you are with a group and some people want to ski and others don't, because it has lots of shops, food, and walking trails. This is also a frequent spot for festivals and events.
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Aspen Snowmass
40 Carriage Way
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This ski spot is about 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs on 82 toward Aspen. This is actually a ski village with many options for overnight accommodations and restaurants. This is a good place to go if you are with a group and some people want to ski and others don't, because it has lots of shops, food, and walking trails. This is also a frequent spot for festivals and events.
This famous mountain is located right in the heart of Aspen and is a good place to spot celebrities who have jetted in from all over the world. It's about an hour from Glenwood Springs on hwy 82. It's a beautiful mountain but not advised for beginning skiers. This is a good option if you are traveling with skiers and non-skiers, since there are lots of options for food and entertainment in the unique town of Aspen.
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Aspen Mountain Ski Resort
601 East Dean Street
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This famous mountain is located right in the heart of Aspen and is a good place to spot celebrities who have jetted in from all over the world. It's about an hour from Glenwood Springs on hwy 82. It's a beautiful mountain but not advised for beginning skiers. This is a good option if you are traveling with skiers and non-skiers, since there are lots of options for food and entertainment in the unique town of Aspen.
The ski town of Vail is about 60 minutes east of Glenwood Springs on I-70.
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Vail Ski Resort
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The ski town of Vail is about 60 minutes east of Glenwood Springs on I-70.
This remote ski area is about 80 minutes west of Glenwood Springs, close to Grand Junction. It has spectacular views and is a good family friendly option with multi-use trails (fat biking, cross country and snow shoe)
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Powderhorn Resort
48338 Powderhorn Road
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This remote ski area is about 80 minutes west of Glenwood Springs, close to Grand Junction. It has spectacular views and is a good family friendly option with multi-use trails (fat biking, cross country and snow shoe)
Planes, Trains, Buses
This Amtrak train station runs right through the heart of Glenwood Springs and is on the Zephyr line which runs from San Francisco to Chicago. There is a daily train to Denver which leaves around noon (and leaves from Denver's Union Station to Glenwood Springs around 8am daily). I absolutely love the train, it's comfortable, scenic and a good way to avoid eastbound traffic on I-70 on Sunday afternoons!
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Glenwood Springs Station
413 7th Street
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This Amtrak train station runs right through the heart of Glenwood Springs and is on the Zephyr line which runs from San Francisco to Chicago. There is a daily train to Denver which leaves around noon (and leaves from Denver's Union Station to Glenwood Springs around 8am daily). I absolutely love the train, it's comfortable, scenic and a good way to avoid eastbound traffic on I-70 on Sunday afternoons!
The Roaring Fork Travel Authority (RFTA) provides buses that travel the Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, stopping in Carbondale, El Jebel, Basalt, Buttermilk Mtn, Aspen/Snowmass. The Glenwood Springs "Local Loop" which connects to the South Glenwood station is walking distance from the Studio. The South Glenwood station is an easy bike ride. The RFTA buses will transport bikes and skis. Travel time to Aspen is approximately 1 hour.
RFTA Glenwood Springs
2718 South Glen Avenue
The Roaring Fork Travel Authority (RFTA) provides buses that travel the Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, stopping in Carbondale, El Jebel, Basalt, Buttermilk Mtn, Aspen/Snowmass. The Glenwood Springs "Local Loop" which connects to the South Glenwood station is walking distance from the Studio. The South Glenwood station is an easy bike ride. The RFTA buses will transport bikes and skis. Travel time to Aspen is approximately 1 hour.
This is the closest non-private airport to Glenwood Springs. It is about 30 minutes east on I70 in Gypsum. United and American Airlines.
Aéroport régional de Eagle County
217 Eldon Wilson Road
This is the closest non-private airport to Glenwood Springs. It is about 30 minutes east on I70 in Gypsum. United and American Airlines.
Fun Nearby Colorado Towns
These are scenic and unique towns which are within an hour (ish) from Glenwood Springs.
Carbondale or "Bonedale" is about 20 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82. It offers many restaurants, shopping, art galleries, hiking trails, and is a popular spot for festivals and events.
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Carbondale
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Carbondale or "Bonedale" is about 20 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82. It offers many restaurants, shopping, art galleries, hiking trails, and is a popular spot for festivals and events.
Palisade is about 50-60 minutes west from Glenwood Springs on I-70. It is a farming community in a "Banana Belt" climate, which is famous for fruit (Palisade Peaches!) and award-winning small batch fine wines. They have an annual wine festival in August, but most wineries are open year around for tastings. The small town of Palisade also has several restaurants, art galleries, shops and parks. The larger city of Grand Junction is about 15 minutes further west on I-70.
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Palisade
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Palisade is about 50-60 minutes west from Glenwood Springs on I-70. It is a farming community in a "Banana Belt" climate, which is famous for fruit (Palisade Peaches!) and award-winning small batch fine wines. They have an annual wine festival in August, but most wineries are open year around for tastings. The small town of Palisade also has several restaurants, art galleries, shops and parks. The larger city of Grand Junction is about 15 minutes further west on I-70.
Grand Junction is about 80 minutes west from Glenwood Springs on I70. This is the closest city to Glenwood Springs where you will find most big chain stores and shopping malls. The downtown area is fun with lots of good restaurants, art, shopping and entertainment. The Grand Junction area has gorgeous mesas and is close to the Colorado National Monument (aka "Little Grand Canyon".) Gorgeous hiking, skiing, 4WD trails, dunes, and river activities.
Grand Junction
Grand Junction is about 80 minutes west from Glenwood Springs on I70. This is the closest city to Glenwood Springs where you will find most big chain stores and shopping malls. The downtown area is fun with lots of good restaurants, art, shopping and entertainment. The Grand Junction area has gorgeous mesas and is close to the Colorado National Monument (aka "Little Grand Canyon".) Gorgeous hiking, skiing, 4WD trails, dunes, and river activities.
Home of the historic Redstone Inn, this is a very small community on 133 with a few art and gift shops.
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Redstone
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Home of the historic Redstone Inn, this is a very small community on 133 with a few art and gift shops.
About 45-60 minutes from Glenwood Springs on hwy 133, and about 20 minutes past Redstone, is the very small town of Marble. You can rent 4WD or snow mobiles, or eat at Slow Groovin BBQ (the only restaurant in town.) Home to a marble quarry which has supplied marble to monuments in DC.
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Marble
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About 45-60 minutes from Glenwood Springs on hwy 133, and about 20 minutes past Redstone, is the very small town of Marble. You can rent 4WD or snow mobiles, or eat at Slow Groovin BBQ (the only restaurant in town.) Home to a marble quarry which has supplied marble to monuments in DC.
The famous small ski town of Aspen is about 45-60 minute drive from Glenwood Springs on hwy 82. This unique town offers some of the finest skiing, eating, and shopping in the world (with expensive prices to match!) It is a common spot for visiting celebs. Venues such as Belly Up and Limelight offer music and entertainment. Traffic and parking can be issues during high peak season and festivals (X Games, etc.) Many locals take the RFTA bus to a park n ride lot to avoid parking.
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Aspen
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The famous small ski town of Aspen is about 45-60 minute drive from Glenwood Springs on hwy 82. This unique town offers some of the finest skiing, eating, and shopping in the world (with expensive prices to match!) It is a common spot for visiting celebs. Venues such as Belly Up and Limelight offer music and entertainment. Traffic and parking can be issues during high peak season and festivals (X Games, etc.) Many locals take the RFTA bus to a park n ride lot to avoid parking.
Colorado Distilleries, Breweries & Wine
This unique distillery and Inn on Main Street in Carbondale has won awards for its innovative sustainability processes. It's also a fun venue for music, comedy, and other community events. They make excellent vodka, ginger cello, whiskey, and other spirits. They don't have a full food menu, but it's a must-visit stop for a unique Colorado cocktail.
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Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
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This unique distillery and Inn on Main Street in Carbondale has won awards for its innovative sustainability processes. It's also a fun venue for music, comedy, and other community events. They make excellent vodka, ginger cello, whiskey, and other spirits. They don't have a full food menu, but it's a must-visit stop for a unique Colorado cocktail.
Located downtown Glenwood Springs, this is a family friendly brewpub and sports bar with a variety of proprietary beers which are brewed onsite. The food is a bit hit or miss, but you can't go wrong with some fresh hot pretzels and a local beer.
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Glenwood Canyon Brewpub
402 7th Street
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Located downtown Glenwood Springs, this is a family friendly brewpub and sports bar with a variety of proprietary beers which are brewed onsite. The food is a bit hit or miss, but you can't go wrong with some fresh hot pretzels and a local beer.
This Colorado sugar-beet distillery is 18 miles away, outside of the Glenwood Springs Canyon at Dotsero. They specialize in rum and other spirits. Located across the street from the Dotsero volcano, their spirits are made using snow melt, sugar beets, and volcanic rock. Also a great area for hiking!
Stoneyard Distillery
4600 U.S. 6
This Colorado sugar-beet distillery is 18 miles away, outside of the Glenwood Springs Canyon at Dotsero. They specialize in rum and other spirits. Located across the street from the Dotsero volcano, their spirits are made using snow melt, sugar beets, and volcanic rock. Also a great area for hiking!
This is my favorite winery in Palisade, CO, about an hour west on I-70. They also have a cute gift shop and are across the street from The Meadery of the Rockies.
Plum Creek Winery
3708 G Road
This is my favorite winery in Palisade, CO, about an hour west on I-70. They also have a cute gift shop and are across the street from The Meadery of the Rockies.
A popular distillery in Palisade, about 60 minutes west from Glenwood Springs on I-70. They make an excellent bourbon-style Colorado whiskey.
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Peach Street Distillers
144 Kluge Avenue
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A popular distillery in Palisade, about 60 minutes west from Glenwood Springs on I-70. They make an excellent bourbon-style Colorado whiskey.
This is a fun spot in Palisade, Co (60 minutes west) which features mead wine, which is wine made from honey. They have a unique gift shop with many homemade honey-themed items and other cute treasures.
Meadery of the Rockies
3701 G Rd
This is a fun spot in Palisade, Co (60 minutes west) which features mead wine, which is wine made from honey. They have a unique gift shop with many homemade honey-themed items and other cute treasures.
Cannabis Dispensaries
A quality dispensary just a few blocks south of downtown on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. They have both medical and recreational cannabis. Locally/family owned. Good variety of products and selection, friendly service, and reasonable prices.
The Green Joint - Glenwood Springs Recreational Cannabis Dispensary
1030 Grand Ave
A quality dispensary just a few blocks south of downtown on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. They have both medical and recreational cannabis. Locally/family owned. Good variety of products and selection, friendly service, and reasonable prices.
Medical / Recreational dispensary in downtown Glenwood Springs. They have a sister store in Carbondale. They specialize in high quality proprietary concentrates (Double Black brand), flower, and gourmet edibles. They don't carry many other outside brands or products. Friendly and knowledgeable service.
Doctor's Garden Double Black Dispensary Glenwood Springs
716 Grand Avenue
Medical / Recreational dispensary in downtown Glenwood Springs. They have a sister store in Carbondale. They specialize in high quality proprietary concentrates (Double Black brand), flower, and gourmet edibles. They don't carry many other outside brands or products. Friendly and knowledgeable service.
This store is walking distance from the Scenic Studio. The Green Solution is one of the largest corporate cannabis dispensary chains with locations all over Colorado. They cater to recreational tourists and so expect to find a decent selection of popular brands, but not necessarily the highest quality or speciality products.
The Green Solution Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
This store is walking distance from the Scenic Studio. The Green Solution is one of the largest corporate cannabis dispensary chains with locations all over Colorado. They cater to recreational tourists and so expect to find a decent selection of popular brands, but not necessarily the highest quality or speciality products.