Colorado may not have a beachfront, but what it lacks in coastal real estate, it more than makes up for in Glenwood Springs – the aqua-centric town located in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From its geothermal amenities to its family-friendly ski slopes, Glenwood’s deluge of water-based activities attracts everyone from hardcore outdoor adventurers to laidback spa-goers.

Since its earliest days, Glenwood Springs’ healing hot springs have been luring visitors from around the globe. Guests can “take the waters” any number of ways. Glenwood Hot Springs is the world’s largest hot springs pool; Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 16 separate mineral soaking pools – each a different temperature; and the Yampah Vapor Caves is one of the few natural, underground steam caves in North America.

Hot springs are just one way to make a splash in Glenwood Springs. The town is uniquely positioned at the confluence of two rivers and ideally situated for guided rafting trips and fly-fishing excursions. Spend the day navigating whitewater rapids along the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon or casting for rainbow trout in the gold medal waters of the Roaring Fork River. At Glenwood’s Whitewater Activity Area, a man-made G-wave draws kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, and yes – even surfers.

When temperatures drop, water in the form of snow transforms the mountains surrounding Glenwood Springs into a wonderland of winter activities. Nearby Sunlight Mountain Resort is a favorite with families. It also boasts one of the longest ski runs in the state and some of the steepest. For non-skiers, get outdoors with a snowmobiling tour through the back-country or try snowshoeing on miles of groomed trails.

Colorado may be landlocked, but it’s water – in all its many forms, from hot springs to rivers and snow-covered mountains – that anchors Glenwood Springs.