One of my favorite states to vacation in is Colorado! This time my mom and I took a much-needed vacation to see our extended family. We couldn’t think of a better way to go than to fly to Denver then do a Denver to Grand Junction, CO road trip!
From adventures along the way to a pit stop in the mountains to driving on unknown roads, we were as happy as could be!! This is our mother-daughter vacation in a nutshell. Not to mention, a very blessed Mother’s Day for the both of us.
Denver to Grand Junction, CO Road Trip
First off, flights to Denver at this time were cheap…very cheap. So, we decided to fly, then get a vehicle for a road trip to Grand Junction. But first, we had to check out some adventures! After landing and getting the car, we headed west on to the town of Idaho Springs where we had lunch with cousins at Beau Jo’s Pizza. I have to say that was the BEST pizza I ever had. Since it was getting late we decided to stay the night in Glenwood Springs. Before heading to Grand Junction the next day, our adventures begin!!
Glenwood Caverns – Mountaintop Adventure Park – Glenwood Springs, CO
The tram ride was fun, a little stuffy, but when we got up to the mountain we saw such beautiful scenery, scenes we would never see in Texas, so it was cool. We toured both caves.learned a lot about the area and how the caves were found. Our hotel gave us a coupon for the tram, so check with your hotel before heading here.
Glenwood Caverns Highlights
- Take the tram to where the adventure begins
- Cave Tours
- King’s Row
- Historic Fairy Cave
- Thrill rides includes the Cliffhanger roller coaster, zip ride, canyon flyer and more
- gift shop
- 4D Motion Theater
- Laser Tag
and so much more. Check it out here – glenwoodcaverns.com
Our Denver to Grand Junction, CO road trip just got better when we arrived at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. I only wished we had enough time to enjoy it. We didn’t realize how much Glenwood Springs had to offer until we arrived. Not much planning went into this part of the trip as our main focus was getting to Grand Junction to visit our family that we haven’t seen in years.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs – Glenwood Springs, CO
Iron Mountain Hot Springs Highlights
- 16 pools for adults; one huge pool for family
- 14 different minerals found in the water – the five most abundant are iron, sulfate, chloride, sodium, and calcium.
- huge bathhouse
- Sand Bar
- cafe with covered patio and indoor fireplace
- gift store
A Texas girl in Colorado with California license plates drove this 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander up and down the mountains between the Denver airport to Grand Junction, CO. This is a vehicle loan I was able to get for our road trip. Thanks to Drive Shop for allowing me to drive this 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander for a full week. You can see my full write-up on my other blog, Forever Green Mom by visiting 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S-AWC.
Next up is our time in Grand Junction, CO with family going antiquing, visiting small towns, our visit to Two Rivers Winery and Chateau, and my trip to Aspen.