Experience Aspen in Fall

ASPEN/Snowmass Wine Festival, Hot Springs, Vapor Caves, and highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in the country

Article by Kendall Houlton

Photography by Kendall Houlton + Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle


Enjoy the Fall colors and soak in the popular Glenwood Hot Springs or Iron Mountain Hot Springs, relax at the Yampah Spa and Hot Spring Vapor Caves, ride the thrill rides at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park..or just stay home and fish.

With headlines such as Glenwood Hot Springs named “Best Pool” (Sunset & USA Today), and Carbondale recognized as one of the “Top 10 Adventure Towns in the U.S.” (National Geographic Adventure), the Roaring Fork Valley has so much more than you’d ever imagine with a holiday trip.

The best part of this GIVEAWAY is staying at the "AspenWood House" located between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. This vacation rental is a fly fishing paradise, located on the riverbank of "Gold Medal Waters" with an 180* view of the river, including the hot tub. Cast your line or launch your paddle board from the backyard! 


1. FOLLOW us @BoiseLifestyle & @AspenWoodHouse on Instagram

2. LIKE the Colorado Weekend FALL GETAWAY Instagram post

3. TAG or nominate as many people as you’d like and comment to let us know “why you would love to win” (1 tag = 1 entry, share on your stories for an additional entry)

4. For an additional entry, SHARE in your story and tag us to win this amazing Aspen/Roaring Fork Valley weekend

DAY 1: Let's explore Aspen and Snowmass Village! The two towns are renowned as a haven for celebrities, skiers and culture vultures, so you will need to hit the ground running. Take a stroll through downtown Aspen to check out all the stores and eateries, or just sit on a bench and people-watch with an ice cream cone from Paradise Bakery.

Next, let out your inner cowgirl or cowboy with all the Western wear that you’ll need to dress-the-part in Aspen. From belts to cowboy boots and hats, Kemo Sabe is a favorite to shop for western attire.

Starting July 1st, enter for a chance to win a 2-night stay near Aspen, CO in the Roaring Fork Valley and 2 adult passes to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool*

If you have a few hours to see the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, the Maroon Bells is one of the most photographed places in Colorado, and fall is the best time to visit. (Advanced reservations needed to park/enter). The twin peaks – which tower at 14,000 feet high – change colors with the seasons and reflect over Maroon Lake. Or you can leave the driving to The Valley Hopper, a scenic tour with an experienced local guide (and History teacher!) who takes you to favorite hangouts, mountain vistas and hidden destinations that are only known to locals!

If you prefer a more swanky, low-key affair, you can experience the food, flavors, sights, and sounds at the Snowmass Wine Festival. The festival features 20 tables of fine food from local restaurants and 35 tables of wine vendors from around the world under one tent at Snowmass Town Park on September 17, 2022.

DAY 2: Grab your swimsuits and visit the Glenwood Hot Springs, home to the world’s largest hot-springs pool and the new adventure river and splash pad. The nearby Yampah Spa & Salon Vapor Caves also allows you to unwind and take in a relaxing spa treatments.

Need more excitement? Visit the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and experience the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in the country. The Defiance, opening this summer, is a one-of-a-kind Gerstlauer Euro-Flight roller coaster with an action-packed, 56-second rocky mountain adventure with a 110-foot, 102.3-degree free-fall drop - a record in the western United States.

All this adventuring will certainly build up an appetite, so stroll downtown and grab some grub at the many outdoor dining choices around Bethel Plaza and along Seventh Street in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Giveaway starts July 1 and closes on June 31 at 11:59 p.m. MST. *Pool passes subject to availability in Sept. & Oct, 2022. 


Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

  • A historic attraction and home to the world’s largest hot springs pool (think the size of a football field), Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is an amazing place to visit.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

  • Colorado’s newest hot springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, opened in 2015. It features 16 soaking pools and a family pool alongside the Colorado River.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Whitewater Rafting

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are 45 miles of dedicated  biking and walking on the Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. 


*GIVE-AWAY RULES: Open to 21+ US residents only. The entry period ends Sunday July 31 at 11:59 am with the winner announced on Monday August 1, 2022 by noon PST! The winner will have 24-hours to reply. Travel expenses are not included and reservation dates and house guidelines at the AspenWood House must be confirmed with the owner. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. By entering you agree to release Instagram from any liability. 

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