Glenwood Springs, CO: 3/14 – 3/20/20

We left Steamboat Springs to head towards Aspen for our last ski of the season. There are no year round RV parks in Aspen Snowmass. However, about 30 miles north of the resort is one of the only year-round facilities in the area.

Glenwood Canyon RV Resort is a spacious campground, located on the Colorado River, that offers cabins, tent and RV camping. In season, they boast a popular restaurant, an obstacle course, river rafting trips, and zip lining across the river. Additionally, there are several trailheads not far from the campground.

On Saturday, March 14th, we heard on the news that all Vail Resorts were closing immediately due to Coronavirus. The following day, Aspen/Snowmass also closed. Unfortunately, our new skis would have to wait until next season for their debut. We were disappointed, but fortunately for us, there were several places in the area where we could hike.

Hanging Lake is a short, popular hike located just off of I70. It is rated as More Difficult, (steep and rocky) although we didn’t find it to be that difficult. There was snow still covering a good part of the trail, but our micro spikes alleviated any slipping and sliding.

It wasn’t long until we reached an overlook.

When we got to the lake, there were people scattered about on benches enjoying the tranquility and beauty in front of us. Scott immediately found a place for the best photo opportunity.

The Viewpoint
The subject

Just before the boardwalk entrance to the lake, there is another trail that goes up about 600 feet to Spout Rock, a beautiful waterfall spouting from a rock face. Once again, Scott found his perch.

The Viewpoint
The Subject
Getting a little closer

The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path runs adjacent to the Colorado River. It is closed to bicyclists during the off season, however foot traffic is allowed. It will lead you to Hanging Lake Trailhead.

On Monday, March 16th, we enjoyed a quiet, leisurely walk along the river and then returned to our trailer to start preparing Corned Beef and Cabbage for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. I didn’t feel like waiting another day. Yum! I did good!

On St. Patrick’s Day, we took a five mile hike along Grizzly Creek Gulch. Parking was sparse at the trailhead, however you can park in another lot not too far away. Most of the trail runs alongside the creek, and there wasn’t much snow at the start.

The leader today
Remnants of an avalanche
His viewpoint

I don’t have a picture of his subject, but I do have his reaction.

He never complains.

The day before we left it began to snow.

Scott took a walk down to the river to take a few photos.

The next morning, Scott needed to shovel the roof and slide tops before we could break down. Our next stop is to see Molly in Durango to pick up our water toys and bicycles. To date, Colorado doesn’t have many cases of the Coronavirus but they do have a shortage of toilet paper. We haven’t been able to buy any for five days now and we are almost out! Perhaps we are beginning to feel the impact of this growing global issue. I know that we are both looking forward to warmer weather and saying goodbye to winter.

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