Ride next to the raging Colorado River and towering canyon walls
You’ve ridden your Trikkes on, beside and across highways, but have you ever carved under a highway? I don’t just mean for a few seconds through an underpass. I’m talking about rocking and rolling for miles right under the frenetically spinning tires of hundreds of unsuspecting motorists?
The Glenwood Canyon Trail in western Colorado affords you this and many other totally unique Trikke riding experiences. For starters, the trail is 16 miles of smooth concrete, with a short section of asphalt and one very short section of gravel. Since it is built right into the grade of Interstate Highway I-70, there’s only one slightly challenging climb on the whole path.
Another fantabulous characteristic of the Glenwood Canyon Trail is the scenery. For much of the way, Trikke riders carve right beside the mighty, raging Colorado River. At a couple spots, you’ll get the opportunity to cross beautiful mountain streams, and one of the very best side trips in the world is the one-mile hike up to Hanging Lake. Throughout most of the trail, riders are surrounded by towering canyon walls with sheer rock faces on one side and scattered foliage on the other.
So, what if you don’t happen to live in western Colorado? Well, you’re in luck. Never has it been so much fun just getting to a destination. Of course you can always drive there on I-70, or take an airplane into the Aspen/Glenwood Springs airports. But for a more scenic and relaxing alternative, you may want to try taking the California Zephyr route of the Amtrak train. If you’re coming from the east, including Denver, the train ride through Gore Canyon and the heart of the Rocky Mountains is gorgeous, as you plow through dozens of tunnels, zip past ski resorts and chug along the most remote portion of the Colorado River. Once you get to Glenwood Springs, the train depot is close to hotels, restaurants, the trails and the hot springs, so there’s no need to rent a car to enjoy most of the attractions of this beautiful outdoor adventure land.
And finally, after a long day of Trikke trekking in the Wild West, rest your weary bones in the famous Glenwood Hot Springs, the world’s largest natural mineral hot springs. Choose from the cool pool, the warm pool or the hot pool and then sit back, relax and think back on your day of trail exploration. It truly doesn’t get any better than this. And the best part is, you can return in the winter for a Skki trip to Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Sunlight Mountain ski areas.
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