There are some pains that are so worth it. Climbing the 14,092-foot Snowmass Mountain is to experience thigh burn like no other. The last mile of the four-mile hike from the west sees elevation spike nearly 2,000 feet. The reward from the top is the most striking view of the Maroon Bells you’ll ever find. You’ll have to camp just outside of Marble and need a hearty 4×4 to get to the trailhead.
Glenwood Springs is so much more than the town on the way to Aspen. It has a rich history—Doc Holliday is reportedly buried here. It also has the natural hot springs. Skip the pool and head straight for the Vapor Caves, offering one of the most unique spa experiences in Colorado.
Since you likely camped out the night before your trek began, it’s safe to assume a carb load is in order. Italian Underground (970.945.6422) provides a hip downstairs location and the best lasagna in town. Or, try a filet and a rich red at Juicy Lucy’s (970.945.4619), a classic chophouse in historic digs.
There are two locals’ faves—the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub (970.945.1276) and Springs Downtown Bar (970.945.2388). The Brew Pub because it serves housemade beer. The Springs because its the place to swap stories of how a polar bear chased you up the mountain.
The Hotel Colorado (800.544.3998) recently underwent a massive remodel, bringing it back to its authentic historic glory. That glory, which began in 1893, includes pictures of the hotel’s famed guests (including Teddy Roosevelt). It also has comfy beds, which is what you’ll really be longing for after your trek.
Back to travel