Elevation: 5,746 feet above sea level
Population: 9,614

Location: Glenwood Springs is 160 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction via Interstate 70. Either direction, it’s a beautiful drive through the scenic Western Slope or Glenwood Canyon.

Climate: At 5,746 feet, Glenwood Springs enjoys an Alpine climate with virtually no humidity in the summer and very mild winters.

Annual Average Tempertures:
80 degrees – SUMMER (June-August)
60-70 degrees – FALL (September-October)
30-40 degrees – WINTER (December-March)
60-70 degrees – SPRING (April-May)


250” AVERAGE SNOWFALL at Sunlight Mountain Resort


  • “Most Fun Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today
  • #5 of America’s “Best Hot Springs Towns” by Orbitz’s Away.com
  • #5 Ski Town of the “Top 7 Ski Towns” by Rand McNally and USA Today
  • #4 of the “Top 10 Small Towns of America”
  • One of "1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die"
  • A "True Western Town" by True West Magazine
  • #1 “Hottest Retirement Destination for Golfers” by Golf Digest/Business Week
  • Travel Channel’s “Hottest Place to Cool Off”
  • “Top Fishing Town in America” by Field & Stream Magazine
  • One of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • One of USA Today’s “Top 100 Caves in America” for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
  • A Fodor Gold Award recipient for "Best Hotel Pool" for Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge & Pool

On Glenwood Springs, Colorado

About Garfield County

Incorporated on February 10, 1883, Garfield County, Colorado, is named after the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. Born in Ohio on November 19, 1831, Garfield is a very appropriate namesake for a county as diverse as this. Diverse in his background, interests and profession, some part of his life is likely to inspire everyone. 

Garfield County is one of the largest counties in Colorado, incorporating nearly 3,000 square miles on the western boundary of the state. The county has more than doubled in population since 1985 and is projected to double in size again by 2040. With this continual population increase and growth pressure comes many transitions within each of the six incorporated communities, as well as changes seen at a countywide level. 

With a county that is rapidly changing, it is important to track its physical, social and economic factors, in order to give a general indication of where the county has been, as well as where it will likely go. Information of this nature can be helpful, not only for county and municipal governments, but also for those thinking of starting a business, relocating to the area, or for residents curious about the baseline information about where they live. 

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