Don’t Let Vacation Days Go To Waste

Ride the Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

You worked hard to earn your vacation days, don’t let them go unused. Instead, plan an end-of-the-year vacation to Glenwood Springs where you can enjoy the holiday merriment, rides and cave tours at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, soak at Iron Mountain Hot Springs and ski at Sunlight Mountain Resort!

The end of the year is looming and you still have vacation days left. Don’t wait; make plans to enjoy every minute of them today! You might have had big travel plans at the beginning of the year, but when the pandemic hit in March those plans more than likely came to a screeching halt. While some employers will allow you to rollover unused vacation days, many do not. The result is those days are lost forever. Living through quarantines was bad enough; don’t make it worse by losing your earned vacation days. After all, you really do deserve to enjoy a little R&R before the year ends.

Spend a Few Days in Glenwood Springs

During these unprecedented times, traveling to destinations that are close to home seems to be the easiest and most appealing option for many people looking for a Colorado getaway. Glenwood Springs is an easy drive from Denver and points east, as well as from Grand Junction to the west. You can also hop aboard the Amtrak train which makes regular stops at the historic train depot in downtown Glenwood.

Springs, Slopes & Celebrations

Not only are the final two months of the year the perfect time to use your vacation days, but they are also an ideal time to visit Glenwood Springs. Top winter activities include hot springs, skiing and snowboarding, thrill rides and cave exploration, as well as holiday merriment. The hot springs town has also been at the forefront of public safety during the pandemic. Hotels, restaurants and attractions have dialed in protocols to keep guests and workers safe. You can read about what COVID precautions attractions have taken in the links below.

Spend your vacation days having a blast at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkCelebrate the holiday season at America’s only mountain-top theme park. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s annual Winter on the Mountain begins Friday, Nov. 13 and runs through Feb. 2021. Enjoy gondola rides, dazzling light displays, thrill rides, a giant Christmas tree with a light show choreographed to holiday music and much more. The Unlimited Alpine Coaster ticket is the best value to enjoy Winter on the Mountain. As the name implies, it includes unlimited turns on the Alpine Coaster plus a roundtrip gondola ride, Haunted Mine Drop, 4D Motion Theater, laser tag arena and two guided cave tours at a cost of just $44 per adult and $39 per child, ages 3 to 12. A round-trip ride on the Glenwood Gondola is $20 per adult and $15 per child for guests who want to view the lights, enjoy lunch or dinner at the Lookout Grille, do some shopping at the General Store and visit with Santa. Make your online reservations to attend Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park today!

Learn more about Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s COVID guidelines here.

 

Relax at Iron Mountain Hot SpringsRelax, restore and rejuvenate in 16 soaking pools that range in temperature from 99°F to 108°F. Get cozy on cold days with a soothing soak. The natural geothermal water has an almost magical ability to tease tension from sore muscles, helping you to thoroughly decompress. The family pool with a jetted spa is cooler and provides relief from the heat of the soaking pools. Be sure to visit Iron Mountain Hot Springs online to make reservations for your 2-1/2-hour soaking window. Choose morning hours and weekdays for the ultimate serene getaway; après ski is a wonderful time to remedy any aches and pains; and an evening soak before bed practically guarantees a good night’s sleep.

Learn more about Iron Mountain Hot Springs’ COVID guidelines here.

 

Snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain ResortSunlight Mountain is Glenwood Springs’ affordable, family-friendly ski area with over 730 acres of skiable terrain. In addition to miles of cruising intermediate terrain, Sunlight’s East Ridge has one of the steeper runs in the state. Sunlight is home to one of the longest trails in ski country, Ute, a beginner slope that winds more than two miles from summit to base. Sunlight also hosts some of the best tree skiing in Colorado with many aspen groves untracked days after a snowfall. All trails converge at the base lodge, so friends and family can always keep track of each other.

There’s so much to smile about at Sunlight Mountain Resort, especially this season. One of the big bonuses is that Sunlight won’t require visitors to make reservations to ski, something the larger, more crowded Colorado ski areas are embracing this season. With lots of open space and fewer people on the slopes, Sunlight is socially distant by nature!

Learn more about Sunlight Mountain Resort’s COVID guidelines here.

 

Time is Running Out

The time left to use your 2020 vacation days is dwindling. Check with your HR department today and let the boss know you’ll be taking a few days off before the year is over!

Summer Fun Going Strong in Glenwood Springs

Summer activities are in high gear in Glenwood Springs

Even as we all adjust to a new normal that includes face coverings and social distancing, you can continue to enjoy many of the activities you’ve always loved to do in Glenwood Springs. In addition to rides, attractions and cave tours at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, there’s rafting, biking, fishing, comedy shows, outdoor dining, hot springs and much more!

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Get Outside: The Remedy for Quarantine Cabin Fever

Spending time in nature has many benefits
Spending time in nature has many benefits

Feeling cooped up these days? Spending time in nature, while still respecting social distancing and other health recommendations, could be just what the doctor ordered.

We miss seeing your smiling faces at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. As a Colorado theme park situated on top of a mountain, being outside enjoying thrills rides and family attractions, as well as exploring the natural beauty of the caverns is part of the Adventure Park experience. Until we re-open in the weeks ahead, we encourage you to spend some time outdoors every day. Nature can be a potent source of renewal and regeneration for all of us, especially now.

Since mid-March, to tamp down the spread of the novel coronavirus, many of us have been working from home, socializing online, homeschooling our kids, limiting trips to the grocery store, wrangling for toilet paper, binge-watching TV and getting the hang of wearing face masks in public. It has been a long few weeks and there’s still more to go. At this point in the quarantine, who among us isn’t going a little stir crazy?

Here’s a suggestion: Get outside. Spending time in nature has all sorts of documented benefits. According to MentalFloss, it can boost your energy, creativity and immune system. A dose of sunlight can help mitigate pain, reduce anxiety, help with seasonal affective disorder and even restore your focus. And those are the perks in a pre-pandemic world!

Getting out in nature now can be even more effective in boosting our health and our moods. In the viral health crisis we find ourselves in today, spending time outdoors has a stockpile of advantages:

 

  • Nature takes our minds off scary headlines. Turn down the noise of the world by stepping out your front door. If you look for natural beauty every time you go outside, you’ll be sure to find it. Fresh blooms are popping up everywhere, warm sunshine on bare skin feels like a hug from an old friend, and spring rain brings with it rainbows and the promise of better days ahead.
  • Nature allows us to interact with other humans from a safe distance. While the wearing of masks is recommended in confined indoor settings, as long as we keep the 6-foot recommended distance from one another we can lower our nose and mouth protection when we’re outside. After so much self-isolation, smiling and waving to other people has never felt more therapeutic!
  • Nature is a big playground. Along with school closures, many city parks and playgrounds are off-limits for the time being. To keep kids from going bonkers, turn them loose for fresh air and to burn off steam. Simple things to do include riding bikes around the neighborhood, taking the dog for a walk, flying a kite or spending the afternoon fishing.
  • Nature encourages relaxation. Study after study has shown that green spaces boost our mood, reduce anxiety and generally make us feel better. Why not use this quarantine to take a solitary nap in a hammock, sketch or paint a landscape, read a book al fresco or dip your feet in the creek. Doing so won’t solve all your problems, but you will likely feel better and more at ease.
  • Nature is all around and accessible. Spending time in nature is not complicated even in these complicated times. It’s is as easy as opening your front door, walking barefoot on your own lawn, picking weeds in the garden, going for an early morning walk or an after-work-at-home run.
Spending time outside in nature has many benefits

However you decide to spend time in nature, follow national, state and local health guidelines especially social distancing even when outside and remember to wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.

We at Glenwood Caverns look forward to seeing you back again soon for a mountain-full of fun and adventure. For updates on our re-opening and other news follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today.