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Colorado River- Although normally thought of as a destination for whitewater sport, the Colorado River can have exeptional fishing, and gets relatively little pressure.
Crystal River- The Crystal River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the west, tumbling more than 35 miles through scenic terrain to join the Roaring Fork River two miles below Carbondale.
Eagle Ranger District- The Eagle Ranger District surrounds the towns of Eagle and Gypsum.
Fryingpan River- This stretch of the river is considered to be some of the finest trout water in the West.
Rifle Ranger District- The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is located around the town of Rifle, west of Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork River- The Roaring Fork River is a freestone river that has many different faces as it travels throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. It originates on Independence Pass and culminates at the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Sopris Ranger District- The Sopris Ranger District surround the communities of Carbondale, Basalt, Redstone and Marble.

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Aerial view of Glenwood Canyon, looking to the east
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Aerial view of Glenwood Canyon, looking to the east
Description - The Glenwood Springs Area includes Glenwood Canyon, the portion of the Colorado River around Glenwood Springs and the lower Roaring Fork River Valley. The area is located approximately 160 miles west of Denver.

Glenwood Springs lies at the confluence of the Colorado and the Roaring Fork Rivers, halfway between famous neighbors Vail and Aspen. Glenwood Canyon lies east of the community, the Flat Tops lie to the north, and the Roaring Fork Valley exists to the south. This area offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, many of which are located on National Forest or BLM lands.

Attractions - Glenwood Springs lies at the confluence of the Colorado and the Roaring Fork Rivers, halfway between famous neighbors Vail and Aspen. Glenwood Canyon lies east of the community, the Flat Tops lie to the north, and the Roaring Fork Valley exists to the south. This area offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, many of which are located on National Forest or BLM lands.

Recreation - Some of the outdoor activities in the warm weather months include hiking, biking, river rafting, kayaking, camping, climbing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, four-wheel driving and swimming in the world's largest natural hot springs pool.

Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, snowshoeing, fishing and swimming.

Climate - Elevations in the area range from 5,700 feet in the valley bottom to over 11,000 feet on the nearby mountains. Glenwood Springs has a comfortable semiarid climate. The weather is generally pleasant in all seasons with very few days of extreme weather. Humidity is low throughout the year. Average high temperatures in the valley bottoms range from 30-40F, in winter, to 80-90F, in summer. Average annual precipitation is 16.5 inches with an average annual snowfall of 67 inches. Much of the area and its recreation facilities lie at higher elevations where significantly lower temperatures and more precipitation can be expected.

Vegetation includes piƱon and juniper forests and sagebrush at lower elevations, aspen and lodgepole pine at intermediate elevations and Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir forests above about 10,000 feet.

Location - Glenwood Springs is located about 160 miles west of Denver, 90 miles east of Grand Junction and 40 miles northwest of Aspen. The area is accessible via Interstate 70, Amtrak, Greyhound and nearby airports.


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Contact Information:
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD
, www.glenscape.com

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.
Roaring Fork Valley Area - The Roaring Fork Valley consists of the Roaring Fork River drainage. It begins in the east at Independence Pass, where the headwaters of the river lie, and includes everything west to Glenwood Springs, where the Roaring Fork empties into the Colorado River.

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Forest Conservancy - Current Information From Local Volunteers, conditions and Closings
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association - Community information provided by the chamber of commerce for Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Home of the famous hot springs pool and the headquarters of the White River National Forest.
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers - Volunteer Opportunities in This Area
White River National Forest - Official Forest Service website.

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