During the past couple of months, we have been able to tour a lot of Eastern Colorado and the mountains. But thanks to a Groupon for a cheap hotel stay, we decided to hop in the car and drive a few hours west to do some sightseeing on the other side of Colorado.
The first stop on our weekend trip was to Rifle Falls State Park. I really enjoy waterfalls and this one was pretty close to where we were staying, so I figured it was worth a visit. I’m glad we went, because it turned out to be a really neat little state park. The waterfalls were really cool! It had a bunch of separate falls combined into one, plus the drop of the water was great. The hike to go to the top of the falls was only about a half mile, and there were some neat little caves to explore on the way up. All in all, it was a very nice state park.
After the falls, we visited the Glenwood Hot Springs. The hot springs is a natural spring where the water temperature is always very hot. A hotel was built around the spring and it was turned into a huge swimming pool. One section of the pool was 104 degrees and the other section was about 95 degrees. Nothing like swimming outside when the temperature is in the 30’s! Apparently there are 15 different natural minerals in the water, and about 3.5 million gallons of hot water flow through the spring every day.
Sunday morning we woke up, had a quick breakfast, and headed to Aspen. Aspen is only about 45 minutes south of Glenwood Springs. We stopped and visited a place called the Maroon Bells. It is supposed to be one of the most photographed mountains in North America.
Unfortunately, the temperature was in the low 30’s and the wind was high. The day was very gray and we were all cold, so we didn’t stay very long. But it was still a neat place to visit.