Top 5 Wildlife Sightings in Glenwood Springs

Yes, Glenwood Springs is home to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, but it’s also the dwelling place of some of the most majestic wildlife in the Western United States. As a visitor to Glenwood Springs, chances are you’ll spot some of these creatures if you know where to look. 

Colorado Bighorn Sheep. These sure-footed animals like to scramble on the cliffs near the tunnels east of the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves. In fact, from the windows at the Yampah Spa salon, you might just find yourself eye-to-eye with a grazing ram while enjoying a pedicure!

2. Elk. Herds of 100 – 200 can often be spotted south of town. Take a drive up Four Mile Road heading toward Sunlight Mountain Resort where they like to gather near the fire station. You can also spot them lounging on the fairways at the Ironbridge and Aspen Glen Golf Clubs.

3. Mule Deer. Bucks make occasional appearances, but small groups of does and fawns are common, scouring the town’s neighborhoods for tender greens in the spring and ripe fruit in the fall.

4. Bald and Golden Eagles. Spot these majestic birds of prey along the Rio Grande Trail, which borders the Roaring Fork River. Look for eagles gliding low over the river scanning the depths for the fish that will become their next meal.

5. Black Bears. Glenwood Springs enforces strict laws regarding waste disposal to discourage urban bears, but occasionally you’ll come across a bear while hiking on Red Mountain or other area trails. Bears are typically shy and will run away if they hear you coming. If you’re worried about encountering a bear in the wild, make some noise: talk loudly or bring along a bear bell which you can purchase at Summit Canyon Mountaineering at 732 Grand Avenue.

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For more information and to book reservations please visit; 888-445-3696. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116.

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Lisa Langer, Vice President of Tourism Marketing
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
Vicky Nash, Media Relations Representative
Resort Trends, Inc.