Welcome to downtown Glenwood Springs! With incredible history, culture, and arts and entertainment, Glenwood Springs consistently ranks as one of Colorado’s “top places to live.” According to Outside Magazine in August 2015, Glenwood Springs was ranked the #5 place to live in the entire United States!
The unique part of Glenwood Springs is we have several small areas around town that make up our neighborhoods. Nothing compares the the history, charm and incredible 19th century feel of downtown Glenwood Springs. Many of the restaurants, bars and shops located downtown still operate from the original buildings that were built in the late 1800’s. In addition to commercial space, we have a couple thousand residential properties located in the downtown area also.
On your next visit to Glenwood make sure to leave time for some retail therapy. A leisurely stroll through Glenwood’s downtown shopping district can do wonders. Most of this will be found between Grand and Cooper Avenues and 7th and 11th Streets. One of the highlights of Glenwood’s core shopping district is the myriad of independently owned boutiques. Many of these are occupying some of the town’s most historic structures. The stores here offer an eclectic retail mix. This includes book shops, home décor boutiques, art galleries, thrift shops, clothing shops, fine and costume jewelry purveyors, a candle maker, and several sweet shops. Stop by the fabric and quilting shop where beautiful handwork is always on display or slip into something more comfortable at the shoe store that specializes in men’s and women’s comfort shoes.
In the event you are really feeling lazy and want a list of things to do in Downtown Glenwood Springs, we made this for you!
When you visit Glenwood Springs, the downtown area will have just about everything your family is looking for in a small Colorado town. We also wanted to share a little information on this history and geography of Downtown Glenwood Springs.
Glenwood Springs was originally known as “Defiance”. Defiance was established in 1883. It was a camp of tents, saloons, and brothels with an increasing amount of cabins and lodging establishments. It was populated with the expected crowd of gamblers, gunslingers and prostitutes. Town Founder Isaac Cooper’s wife Sarah was having a hard time adjusting to the frontier life. In an attempt to make her environment somewhat more comfortable she persuaded the founders to change the name. The name was changed to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, after her beloved hometown of Glenwood, Iowa.
Glenwood Springs was one of the first places in the United States to have electric lights. The original lighting was installed in 1897 inside of the Fairy Caves in Iron Mountain. Later, a dam was built in Glenwood Canyon providing water for the Shoshone power plant. The plant began producing power on May 16, 1909 and retains the largest and oldest water rights to the Colorado River.
Glenwood Springs winds throughout narrow mountain valleys. These valleys host the confluence of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River. The surrounding terrain is steeply contoured on all sides. There are also numerous caves to be found. Reddish colored sandstone cliffs surround the city. Glenwood Springs is one of the most walkable towns in America. Downtown Glenwood Springs has extensive trail systems for walking, hiking and biking.
Glenwood Springs owns some of the most senior water rights to tributaries of the Colorado River. The town’s drinking water is supplied primarily through senior rights. These rights are to major watersheds in the Flat Tops wilderness area and the tap water is generally of excellent quality.
If you are looking to sell or buy real estate in Glenwood Springs, contact Shawn Manwaring and he would be delighted to assist you.
See you downtown!