Independence Pass, Colorado

Day 39 – Denver to Glenwood Springs

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There are many routes you can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs but we chose to drive via Silverthorne, Leadville, Twin Lakes and Aspen. The drive was beautiful and full of snow-capped mountains, though the highlight (after my Mexican dinner) was probably Independence Pass between Twin Lakes and Aspen.


I desperately wanted to stop in Aspen to stop for coffee and have a walk around the town, but the place was heaving and we couldn’t find parking, though I managed to jump out and get a few quick pictures!

It was a long drive with multiple stops and lots to see and by the time we got to Glenwood Springs we were tired, hungry and thirsty, so we didn’t waste any time before heading out! Glenwood Springs is a resort town and known for its hot springs but not for too much else and there wasn’t too much to see. Brian got some KFC for dinner and we walked to the downtown area, past the packed public Glenwood Hot Springs pool. The restaurants and bars all seemed very busy (it was the weekend after all) so we just stopped for a drink at Doc Holliday’s Saloon before wandering back over the bridge to Tequila’s Family Mexican Restaurant. At Tequila’s there was a looong queue but fortunately we’d learned along the trip to ask if there is a bar counter we could sit at and have some dinner. They did have a couple of seats at the bar and I had a few amazing margaritas and great food that left me very happy and satisfied! Looking back I should have probably had a few more margaritas as we were fast approaching Utah where the drinking laws meant the margaritas were pretty awful!

Though Glenwood Springs definitely can’t be described as the most happening or exciting town it is a pretty enough place with a few good eating options and we enjoyed spending a night there.

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