Glenwood Canyon Trail is a 14.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail was lovely! We took the trail from Glenwood to Hanging Lake and back. The scenery was beautiful. The trail is along side the interstate, so you will come across 'Rest Areas' were people stop to use the restroom, or tourist stop to take pictures. You do have you dismount your bike at these Rest Areas; you may have to maneuver yourself and bike through the crowd off people taking pictures. It's really not that big of a deal, but it can slow you down. The trail is in the canyon, so random rain storms did pop up. Be sure to be dressed accordingly
Rented a bike from Canyon Bikes in Co Hotel for 40/day. They provide you with a strap on box to hold your belongings so you don't have to have a pack slowing you down. Shuttle drops you off an exit or two past Hanging Lake and you can cruise all the way back into town. I'm a 23 y/o semi-in shape female and I made it back in about 2 hours, then continued to bike around town until the end of the day. The trail is completely paved and mostly downhill, which enables some great cool breezes along the water. I only had to hop off and walk for a small segment about half way through. Views were absolutely beautiful as you wrap around the river going through and under bridges at points and can see rafters along the way too. Would recommend to single riders like myself, couples, and families with a kids a little older.
Weather and view was fantastic.
The Glenwood Canyon trail is an awesome, unique (mostly) biking trail. To bike it, go to a bike rental shop in Glenwood Springs, rent a bike and have them truck you east to the drop-off point. This is essential, as your trip back to G.S. will be mostly downhill! Along the way, be sure to stop and park your bike and do the hike up to Hanging Lake. This is well worth it. The trail itself parallels the Colorado River as it courses through Glenwood Canyon. I-70 is also right next to you, but because of the engineering marvel this highway is, you will hardly notice it. There are several way stations where you can rest, eat lunch, etc. It was fairly crowded when we did it in Sept. 2013.