Late summer and early fall is probably the best season in western Colorado, and even if there aren’t as many tourists as there were a month ago, there’s still plenty to do.
Chilly mornings and more tolerable daytime temperatures gave way to midsummer heat, and the afternoon monsoon season began to subside.
That means more daylight hours to take advantage of short vacations on the trails and rivers, stroll the fairways of the area’s golf courses, and admire the views floating above the city.
Lisa Langer, Director of Tourism for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said: “And it’s the perfect time to try something new in your own backyard,” her Visit Glenwood Springs, tourism arm of the Chamber of Commerce, recently shared a blog post. We offer some outing ideas for the late summer days.
There are the usual attractions, such as a whitewater rafting trip with one of the area guides or with a friend who has a private raft.
“By this point in the season, the current is dwindling, and the Colorado River, although exciting with plenty of rapids, is calmer and more welcoming, especially for families with young children,” suggests the Visit Glenwood blog. doing.
Low water levels also make late-season rafters more accessible to the many Kawauchi hot springs that line the riverbanks near Glenwood Springs.
Thomas Carter, co-owner of Glenwood Springs Whitewater Rafting, said: .
The rapids in the Shoshone section of the river are still at the Class 2 level, so “a lot of fun splashes and technical moves,” he said.
“My favorite part about this time of year is that it slows down the town a little bit so you have a more personalized experience,” said Carter. It’s fun to be in. It’s just the right time to be there.
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The more adventurous might consider taking a tandem paraglider from the top of Red Mountain to the city.
August and September can be particularly special due to cool nighttime temperatures and the updrafts that occur when the sun begins to warm the cooler ground.
These conditions allow paragliders to stay in the air a little longer, says a late-summer blog.
“It’s a beautiful time to be out there as the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are starting to change,” says Pine Pienaar, owner of Adventure Paragliders in Glenwood Springs. It’s wonderful.”
Later in the summer, more locals tend to try paragliding, he said, offering tandem rides at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 am. rice field.
“No experience is required, so anyone can participate. We do all the work,” says Pienaar.
Paragliding tours are offered until the end of September.
Golf is another activity that gets better as the season progresses, as midday temperatures tend to be less hot and the course itself tends to be in better condition.
“It’s much cooler and less windy this time of year,” says Ross Roginski, who works at the pro shop and front desk at Glenwood Springs Golf Club.
There’s still time for other summer fun
Most outdoor adventures and leisure activities that are fun in early summer are even more fun in late summer for the same reasons.
There’s still plenty to do at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The Visit Glenwood blog even lets you soak in hot springs while your kids are at school.
Even a quiet lunch alfresco at a local restaurant that offers patio seating is more doable as the tourist crowds subside and afternoon thunderstorms are less of a threat to blow off table umbrellas.
Senior Reporter/Editor-in-Chief John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or email@example.com.