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What turns your crank? page 6 Bicycling options in and around Glenwood Springs include everything from mild to wild, paved paths to the steepest single track. Get back in the saddle and check it out.

No mean ‘feet’ page 8 Whether your fancy turns to a casual stroll around downtown, a jaunt to Hanging Lake or a 6,000foot hike up a mountain, visitors don’t have to go far to find a trail that suits their clothes and abilities.

Getting your feet wet page 11 If the sound of churning whitewater raises your heart rate, you’ve come to the right place. Glenwood Springs and environs has a float for you, from easy family fun to class 5 thrill rides.

Say ‘spa’ page 14 Glenwood Hot Springs Pool may be celebrating its 125th birthday, but one dip in its healing waters may be enough to make anyone feel young again.

Fore! page 16 If you can’t find a golf course in this area to your liking, you might want to considering finding a new bag ... so to speak.

Angling for fun page 20 Get your gear and head to one of three fantastic trout rivers or head to a high country lake. Your lunker awaits.

al fresco dining page 23 Whether it’s a farmer’s market or fresh sushi that sets your mouth to watering, check out some of these local dining al fresco offerings.

Art attack page 26 Carbondale is the place to go for your arts & culture fix.

Zoom with a view page 29 Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has doubled its fun this year by opening new caverns never seen by the public before. And, yes, there are more thrilling rides than ever as well.

Calendar of events page 36 Fun for all, from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Menu Guide page 39 More delectable delicacies from area eateries.

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BIKING Biking in and around Glenwood Springs is an adventure in itself. The ride through Glenwood Canyon features 16 miles of Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery and a bike path with some downhill motion. Wildlife spotting may include bighorn sheep seen along the way, as the cool rushing waters of the Colorado River can be heard in the background. For mystifying views of Mount Sopris and the Roaring Fork River, locals and visitors alike can enjoy an expansive and popular stretch of the area on the paved 44-mile Rio Grande Trail. The trail runs from Glenwood to Aspen and can be split up into various lengths of rides. As the trail gains in elevation, so does the uphill climb but it has been best described as gentle. The view alone is worth the workout. A more technical trail for mountain bikers, the Boy Scout Trail above downtown Glenwood Springs combines a serious cardio work-

out with the beautiful scenery of the valley. Don’t forget the helmet and gear necessary for this ride high above the city. Those looking to buy or repair a bike when they are in the valley might check out the Gear Exchange and MG Cycle & Sport in Glenwood and Aloha Mountain Cyclery and Ragged Mountain Sports in Carbondale.

Both mountain towns feature a healthy bike culture that promotes cycling commutes and healthy exercise to boot. Bikes can be rented for the whole family in Glenwood at Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Glenwood Adventure Company, Blue Sky, Colorado Adventure Center, and Canyon Bikes, as well as Ajax Bike and Sport in Carbondale.

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AMENITIES INCLUDE • 25-meter indoor swimming pool • Hot-tub • Dry sauna • Gymnasium • Racquetball courts • Tennis courts* • Outdoor playgorund & picnic area • Meeting Rooms • Caterer’s kitchen • Game room (billiards, Ping-Pong, air hockey) • Weight Room (safety orientation required) • Cardio machines Tennis Lessons for Beginner & Intermediate players starting in June For hours, class schedule and prices give us a call or check the website


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HIKING The Roaring Fork Valley is practically synonymous with hiking, offering trails for all skills and levels of the active and outdoorsy set. Start out slow with the half-mile Doc Holliday’s Trail off Bennett Avenue. The trail leads users up to Linwood Cemetery, where old Doc himself has a headstone and is rumored to be buried close by. Other historical figures in Glenwood’s past are said to rest here as well. A bit more technical is the hike up the Jeanne Golay Trail, named for the Olympic cyclist who calls Glenwood home. The trail heads up Red Mountain, so make sure to bring

plenty of water and dress for the weather. In the summer months, hikers should get an early start for the elevation-gaining Storm King Mountain Trail off I-70. The trail memorializes the 14 firefighters who died battling 1994’s tragic South Canyon Fire. The trail opens with permanent plaques honoring the victims and is frequented often by visitors from around the world. In places, the trail features rugged terrain, especially near the marked memorials, reminding hikers of the

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Maps and information on hiking the trails in the Roaring Fork Valley can be found at the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service offices, as well as the Glenwood Springs Chamber.

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struggle the heavy gear-carrying firefighters faced as they fought the fire and wind in the heat of July 1994. Venture into Glenwood Canyon for a wide array of hikes that range from easy (No Name and Grizzly Creek) to more challenging, such as the Hanging Lake Trail. Named a National Natural Landmark in 2011, the pristine Hanging Lake is reached using the rocky trail following Dead Horse Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. No pets allowed on this hike, as the lake features a fragile shoreline composed of travertine. Hanging Lake is a local’s favorite, as the terrain heading up the trail for 1,000 feet changes with the seasons. The trail is family friendly.

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Rafting When it comes to summer rafting in Garfield County, not a minute goes by without a vessel of some type floating by on the Colorado, Crystal, and Roaring Fork rivers.

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The area’s river landscape is such a popular resource for rafting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddling, it has become a recreational lifestyle staple for many. Private and commercial boaters — from rafters to kayakers — who enjoy the challenge of class III-IV rapids can run, and re-run, the Shoshone section of the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. Locals and raft guides know the rapids by name: Baptism, Tuttle’s Tumble, Tombstone, The Wall, Taco, and Maneater. For easier floats, paddlers and boaters can take family-friendly adventures though monumental Glenwood Canyon starting at Grizzly Creek, where the Shoshone run ends. Rafts

take float from Grizzly to Two Rivers Park, where the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers converge. Boaters and paddlers can continue down to New Castle and beyond for day trips. Various levels and ages can also run the class II-III raids in the lower Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers in and around Carbondale, with trips putting in or taking out at various points. Private boaters can experience the fun of the Cemetery Rapid on the lower Fork by using the West Bank put-in and taking out at Veltus or Two Rivers parks in Glenwood Springs. No matter the put-in or take-out location, the Roaring Fork Valley’s rivers provide an endless source of fun in the sun in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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This summer, two of Glenwood Springs’ most popular attractions are celebrating years of history and healing in style. The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and the Yampah Vapor Caves (now Yampah Spa and Salon) have come a long way since their early medicinal-focused beginnings. According to Yampah, more than 50 hot springs were once on both sides of the Colorado River (formerly called the Grand River through Glenwood). The Ute Indians utilized the healing properties of the Yampah vapor caves – which are hot mineral water steam baths underground — and the naturally therapeutic hot springs before settlers entered the area.

In the late 1880s, Glenwood was gaining international acclaim for being a healing and scenic wonder of the west. The Glenwood Hot Springs, Yampah Vapor Caves and the luxurious Hotel Colorado were developed in cohesion near the river to attract politicians, socialites, and big names in history, including infamous gunslinger Doc Holliday who suffered from tuberculosis. Over the decades, the world’s largest Hot Springs Pool and world-famous Yampah Vapor Caves have provided millions of visitors and locals with one of nature’s most relaxing and

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rejuvenating experiences. By completing a renovation of the pool’s red-hued sandstone bathhouse, and building up a state-of-the-art athletic club and luxurious Spa of the Rockies recently, the Glenwood Hot Springs is poised to officially celebrate a grand 125-year event. Pool visitors can stay at the 107-room Hot Springs Lodge, tube down water slides, enjoy shady cabanas poolside on hot summer days, and take a break from the water with lunch and a round of miniature golf. The Vapor Caves provide affordable healing spa services in the form of aromatherapy, private natural mineral baths, massage, facials, and herbal body treatments great for post-biking and hiking around the city.


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For golfers, there’s nothing like the crack of a driver against a small white ball to usher in the game of summer in the mountains.

Seven public courses, from Carbondale to Battlement Mesa, are nestled in the Western Slope landscape to help golfers live the dream of playing at high elevation with awe-inspiring scenery. Looking for 18 holes as majestic Mt. Sopris stands guard? River Valley Ranch in Carbondale and midvalley’s Ironbridge Golf Club are favorites with the locals and visitors who love a game with a view. Often referred to as RVR, River Valley Ranch boasts 7,348 yards of golf that has been nationally recognized as a “Top 10 You can Play” course by “Golf Magazine.” Four of the holes on the

Jay Morrish-designed championship course run alongside the Crystal River banks. Golf Digest Magazine has rated Ironbridge as one of its top-rated Colorado courses. Holes 10 through 13 provide a challenge, as they are located in a canyon for a memorable experience on the championship 7,224-yard course. Arthur Hills designed the course that provides a family-friendly recreation area with pool, waterpark, kid’s climbing wall, tennis and basketball courts, and a playground. Two nine-hole courses, the Glenwood Springs Golf Club – called The Hill by locals -- and Carbondale’s Ranch at Roaring

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championship golf. Designed by renowned golf design architect James Engh, Lakota Canyon in New Castle accommodates golfers of all ages with adult and junior lessons and stay and play packages for lodging deals. Lakota features 7,111 yards of Rocky Mountain golf and elevated tee boxes on the course that drop down in elevation to the fairways. The Richard M. Phelps-designed Rifle Creek Golf Course houses a pro shop, practice facilities, and the newly opened Irish pub and eatery, Mulligan’s at Rifle Creek. At 7,309 yards from the tips, the Battlement Mesa Golf Club is known for both its challenging front nine and the vista views of the Colorado River on the back. Irish pub and eatery, Mulligan’s at Rifle Creek. At 7,309 yards from the tips, the Battlement Mesa Golf Club is known for both its challenging front nine and the vista views of the Colorado River on the back.

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Becky Ciani “My favorite course is Aspen Glen and my favorite hole is # 8 River’s Edge, because it is short and beautiful. I’m very easily distracted by the rafters and fishermen.”

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Area public golf courses Battlement Mesa Golf Club 3930 N Battlement Pkwy Parachute, CO 81635 285-7274

Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club 1000 Clubhouse Drive New Castle, CO 81647 970-984-9700 Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course 14913 Highway 82 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-4410

Glenwood Springs Golf Club 193 Sunny Acres Road Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-7086

Rifle Creek Golf Course 3004 Highway 325 Rifle, CO 81650 970-625-1093

Ironbridge Golf Club 430 Iron Bridge Road Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-384-0630

River Valley Ranch 303 River Valley Ranch Drive Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-3625

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fishing If your idea of summer entertainment entails water and fish, you’re in luck: Glenwood Springs and environs offer just about everything angling short of salt water. The main attraction for fly fishermen is the area’s rivers, starting with the Colorado River and stepping up-valley with the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Frying Pan rivers. All three offer outstanding opportunities for netting wily trout, including rainbows, German browns, brookies and cutthroats, as well as mountain whitefish. Public wading access abounds, and the Roaring Fork and Colorado offer dozens of

miles of float fishing as well. Seasonal hatches start on the Colorado as the water warms and move up the Roaring Fork and on to the Crystal and Frying Pan. “These rivers offer some of the finest fly and lure fishing for trout in the United States,” according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Catch-and-release sections on the Fryingpan River below Ruedi Reservoir provide an opportunity to catch rainbow trout up to 10


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pounds! The Roaring Fork River offers the best mountain whitefish angling in the state.” If stillwater fishing is more your style, dozens of trout-filled lakes dot The Flat Tops north of Glenwood Springs. Lakes and small streams offer lively fishing from one end to the other of this island in the sky between 10,000 and 11,000 feet above sea level. Some lakes are accessible by high clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles, while others require four-wheel drive, off-road vehicles, horses or foot power for access. Be sure to check with the U.S. Forest Service about travel conditions, as snow can linger well into summer in some areas. The crown jewel of The Flat Tops is Trappers Lake, which is home to the largest population of native Colorado River cutthroat trout in the world, according to state wildlife officials. “As the second largest natural lake in Colorado, this pristine body of water is located within the Flattops Wilderness Area, but is only a quarter-mile hike from the end of the road.” No motorized craft are permitted on this gem, which is 24 miles east of Buford on Highway 132. But if you’d rather reel in something with scales or teeth, just a short jaunt west of Glenwood Springs will take you to Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap state parks, where warm water species join their colder water brethren. Rifle Gap’s 350 acres of flat water hold walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and yellow perch in addition to rainbow and brown trout. Camping is also available at Rifle Gap. Fees are $16 per day for a basic site, $20 daily for an electric campsite and $24 per day for a full hook-up campsite. Harvey Gap features catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rainbow trout and northern pike. Boats with motors (inspection necessary) are welcome on both lakes but are restricted to 20 hp or less at Harvey Gap. Fees at both parks are $7 for a daily vehicle pass or $70 for an annual 12-month pass.

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From rafting and biking to golfing and hiking, the summer fun in Glenwood Springs is enough to build a hefty appetite — and then some. With so many activities, all in a central location, it’s only appropriate Glenwood offers a variety of cuisine to pair with the summer outdoor attractions.

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Grind Glenwood, named 2012 Local’s Choice favorite for best hamburger, has been so popular since opening in July of 2011, it recently moved to a bigger location downtown at the Grand Avenue Mall. The hamburger hotspot features all-American favorites including cheeseburgers made with freshly ground, local grass-fed beef, giant onion rings hand-battered with Rifle Brewery beer, and what everyone loves in the summer, milkshakes. The new location offers a soda fountain with bar stool seating from the old Riveria restaurant, retro video games including Ms. Pacman, and eight brews on tap. Chomps and Canyon Bikes have teamed up to help people explore Glenwood and enjoy a sandwich to go. New this summer, Chomps is providing a bike rack outside its West Glenwood location so customers can take a bike ride with their picnic lunch. Coupons are available at the Canyon Bikes counter for discounted Chomps’ boxed lunches that come in environmentally safe boxes and fit into the rented bikes’ handlebar bags. Chomps also offers an outdoor patio and beach volleyball court that’s open to the public. For the only rooftop seating in downtown Glenwood Springs, Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse is the place to dine al fresco. The award-winning restaurant, which has received the Award of Excellence by “Wine Spectator” magazine, has a generous wine list and a fully stocked bar downstairs from the seasonal open-air seating for summertime cocktail service. Cool off with a cold iced tea and shrimp martini, or maybe a Seventh Street Salad, named for the restaurant’s location directly across from the train station that’s made with mountain greens, fresh strawberries, gorgonzola, and toasted walnuts. Juicy Lucy’s is a Glenwood summer staple.

To the market we go Farmer’s Markets are as much a part of the Roaring Fork Valley as the Hot Springs Pool and, say, Mt. Sopris. Buying fresh and keeping produce local is a popular lifestyle for the valley’s residents who love a good market. Glenwood’s Downtown Market at Ninth and Grand takes place every Tuesday through early fall. The early-eve markets include fruits, vegetables and flowers grown locally, artisan baked goods, chef-led cooking demonstrations, valley wine tastings, and more. Each Saturday morning, at 14th and Grand, a farmer’s market springs up to provide such amenities as local produce and meats, onsite smoked barbecue, jewelry creations, and freshly popped kettle corn. On Wednesday afternoons at Fourth and Main in Carbondale, the outdoor farmer’s market is the place to find freshly made lunch with organic ice cream for dessert. Marketgoers can shop handmade gifts and jewelry for a friend’s birthday or buy locally grown dinner ingredients for the next week. Staring mid-July, the New Castle Community Market features nearly two dozen vendors offering valley-produced items every Thursday evenings. The market sells organic and gluten-free foods, fresh fruits from local orchards, cage-free eggs, and a variety of health products.


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The picturesque town of Carbondale resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mount Sopris is a great base camp for recreation enthusiasts. There is plenty to do including hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, and world-class fly fishing.  In winter, experience excellent cross-country skiing. The Carbondale area offers a variety of

comfortable lodging options, great casual and exquisite fine dining, creative arts and entertainment, and intriguing historical areas. Touted as one of “Top 12 Towns” in the “50 Next Great Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Carbondale offers plenty to do including biking, kayaking, and world-class fly fishing. It all started with the blacksmiths - a craft

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of iron and fire and sweat in a community of emerging to accomplished artisans and artists. Find yourself in a dramatic outdoor setting as you experience the visual arts, theatre, dance and music. It boasts a history of craftsmanship that is alive and well in the Carbondale area. Wind your way from gallery to gallery. Uncover the spirit of the valley in photography, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, blacksmithing and the performing arts. Several diverse organizations are dedicated to the inspiration and promotion of the arts. Carbondale’s love of melody has spawned season after season of musical performances in venues from the parks to the pubs. Perhaps one of the most notable is the Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, which offers three days of music, arts, and crafts. Carbondale continues to draw recognition as a culinary hotspot as well. From ethnic and multicultural to educational and award-win-

ning, you’ll find a gourmet selection good for everyone - good for the mind, good for the soul, and as you’ll discover, good for the palate. You’ll find more traditional American cuisine, Mexican entrees, Italian dishes, or Thai fare. With enough shops to keep you busy all day, Carbondale offers a little of everything. In historic downtown you will find art galleries to home furnishings, flowers to gifts, clothing to hand-painted masks, and much more. Journey outside downtown and you will find antiques to hardware, and of course being an official adventure town we have all the bike and ski shops, snowboard and skate, and even a store dedicated to the trail runner as any good base camp should.  Carbondale is home as well to various events, including film festivals, road bike races, music and craft fairs, and a century-old potato celebration.

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has geared up for this summer season by adding six cars to the Iron Mountain Tramway and expanding its popular Historic Fairy Caves Tour into caverns that have never been open to the public. The new guided walking tour is twice the length of the original cave tour and includes a stop at Exclamation Point overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley. It also leads guests through the discovery and development of the Fairy Caves, which first opened to the public in 1897. In addition, the park will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. “We have so much to celebrate this year,” said Steve Beckley, who owns the Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “In addition to the 10th anniversary of the Adventure Park, we have just opened the expanded Historic Fairy Caves Tour

and added six new gondola cabin cars.” Recreated period lighting from the 19th century contrasts with state-of-the-art, energy saving LEDs in the caverns. Rich colors in the ceiling of the Register Room and the pendants, boxwork formations and stalactites covered in cave popcorn are visible only on this tour. Guests on the Kings Row Tour of the lower section of the caverns descend into Iron Mountain on lighted walkways into the most-decorated cave room in the state, featuring formations including stalactites,. stalagmites, soda straws, and cave bacon. Cavern tours last about 50 minutes. Steve and Jeanne Beckley opened Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves to the public in 1999, transporting guests from an office

behind the Hotel Colorado to the top of Iron Mountain on buses during the summer. The response was so positive that they decided find a way to keep the caves open year-round. The tramway, which the original owner Charles Darrow proposed to the city in 1903, opened in 2003, along with the mountain-top restaurant and visitor center. The Beckleys rebranded the destination Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park that year and have been adding family-friendly rides and attractions ever since. In addition to the caverns, the Adventure Park features a gondola ride, dining, an alpine coaster, 4-dimensional theater, laser tag, giant swing, a climbing wall, gemstone sluice box mining, simulated Conestoga wagon experience, two roller coasters and a Ferris wheel ride. Some attractions are seasonal. Go to for more information, or to request a brochure, call 800-530-1635. Photo: Ken Headrick

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for while you’re at the Pool, the Adventure Park or on the river

DIY Bath

Clean up the pup in our DIY spa. All you need to bring is the dirty dog

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Honoring History While Providing Innovative Flavors and Combinations An Eclectic Mix of Classic Dishes and New Creations Formal Service & High End Wines

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50633 Hwy 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs


Monday - Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm |

702 Grand ave • 970.945.7692 • Open at 4:30 pm

These historic properties are located in close proximity to one another and at one time were operated as part of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool complex. Entrepreneur Walter Devereux, who opened the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool to the public in 1888, also opened the Hotel Colorado five years later. Eventually the properties were sold off individually, but they continue to offer visitors many of the same amenities they did at the turn of the 20th century: rare underground steam baths and remarkable accommodations.

Battlement Mesa Golf Club 3930 N. Battlement Pkwy Battlement Mesa, CO 81635 (970) 285-7274 (888) 285-7274 Visit our website for Tee Time Reservations and Information

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Thinking about taking the plunge in Real Estate? Work with an experienced and knowledgeable broker that knows how to navigate the water.

Ryan Jennings

Broker Associate 970.704.3202

Carbondale First Friday Art Walk, every first Friday of the month Tour d’Art Glenwood Springs, every second Friday of the month Glenwood Springs Adventure Park Music on the Mountain: June 1 through Sept. 22 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo: Thursdays, June 7 through Aug. 23 Glenwood’s Downtown Market: Tuesdays, June 12 through Sept. 25 Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Concert Series, Wednesdays, June 27 through Aug. 1

June June 2 Mountain to Valley 10-Miler and F.A.S.T. 4-Miler Race June 8-10 60th Annual Rallye Glenwood Springs June 9-10 Rocky Mountain Surf Festival June 14-16 New Castle Community Days June 21-23 116th Annual Strawberry Days Festival June 23 Strawberry Shortcut


What is Grind? • Grind is a hyper local burger joint. • Everything is hormone and antibiotic free • Everything

is ground fresh daily in house • Foodie

inspired creations

inspired elements with modern mountain flare

July 4 Fourth of July Downtown Fanfare and Summer of Music Concert July 13 New Castle Hogback Hustle July 27-29 Ninth Annual Grand River Classic Car & Motorcycle Days July 26-28 42nd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair

August Aug. 3 Silt Heyday Aug, 5-11 Garfield County Fair Aug. 21 Glenwood Downtown Market’s Pie Contest

• diner


hang out spot featuring all local draft beers, Milkshakes and hand-made Sides • One of only 12 burger places to be invited to the denver burger battle

720 Grand Avenue | Upstairs | Glenwood Springs 970-230-9258 | - OrdEr OnlinE -

September Sept. 2 Glenwood Half-Marathon and 10K Sept. 7-8 New Castle Burning Mountain Festival Sept. 9 28th Annual Tri-Glenwood Triathlon Sept. 16 Annual El Grito Sept. 18 Glenwood Downtown Market Soup Contest and Tasting Sept. 22 Adventure Xstream Race Sept. 26-30 50th Annual Fall Art Festival Sept. 29 Glenwood Downtown Market’s Oktoberfest


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Dinner reservations made desperately funny.


This “Peanuts” musical is pure “Happiness!”

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The Source for Real Estate since 1961. Specializing in Real Estate Sales, Marketing & Property Management

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Jeff Bier

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Patty Brendlinger

Jim Cardamone

Nancy Carlson

Becky Ciani

Paula Derevensky

Nancy Emerson

Ryan Jennings

Buck Jones

Lori Kass

Brian Keleher

Bleu L’Estrange

Jamie Maybon

Mandy Murray

Sarah Murray

Shari Nova

Vicki O’Halloran

Chris Patrick

Sue Ramsey

Sherry Rubin

Roshni Slali

Sharon Stephenson

Judy Sullivan

Gabriella Sutro

John Wendt

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Rod Woelfle

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Carbondale - 0290 Highway 133 | 970.963.3300 Redstone - 385 Redstone Blvd | 970.963.1061 Glenwood - 1614 Grand Ave | 970.928.9000 NEw Basalt Office - 727 East Valley Road | 970.927.3000 (Opening mid-June)

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Majestic Mount Sopris

Mount Sopris stands sentinel above the Roaring Fork and Crystal river valleys. The mountain, which rises to 12,953 feet above sea level, isn’t the tallest mountain in Colorado, but it does feature one of the largest vertical rises from valley to summit of any peak in the state.



We Proudly Serve Silver Sky Coffee




Located in downtown Glenwood Springs, Colorado just over the bridge, next to the clock tower.

Silver Sky Coffee Roasters Roasted to order.. . Roasted to perfection.n Have a cup on us!


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Make it a HOME RUN at Big Daddy’s Sports Bar! Pre-Game Chips & Salsa

4 Add guacamole - 2 Add queso dip - 4 Add southwestern spinach dip - 4

Burgers Big Daddy


Corn chips layered thend piled hight with green chilies, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, shredded cheddar and monterey cheese then topped with guacamole and sour cream Half Order - 7 Full Order - 11 Add blackened chicken or ground beef Half Order - 9 Full Order - 13

Mac Daddy


Smokin’ Daddy


Big Daddy’s Famous Wings

Sunny Side Up


Grand Daddy


Stuffed Daddy


Porker Daddy



Tossed with kale and your choice of cause: Honey mustard, medium, cranberry chipotlé chipotle, sweet chile, spicy garlic, Jamaican jerk green chile, hot, hot honey, chaos Half Order - 5 for 5 Full Order - 10 for 9



Jalapeño Poppers


3 Warm pretzels with queso

6 fresh jalapeño peppers hand stuffed full of cream cheese and wrapped in bacon, served with rasperberry and orange sauce piled on top of a kale salad

Green Chile Cheese Fries

Platter of fries topped with shredded cheddar cheese and our home-made green chile, garnished with lettuce and tomato


8 juicy ounces of ground hand patted beef seasoned and grilled, placed between a toasted brioche bun topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and choice of cheese Big Daddy on the town topped with cheddard cheese, black and tan onion ring and Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce

Big Daddy topped with pecan wood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese

Cheddard cheese, bacon and one egg Cajun seasoning, bacon, and blue cheese Stuffed with American cheese and thousand island dressing

8 oz pork patty, topped with jalapeño poppers, black and tan onion rings covered with pepper jack cheese and cranberry chipotlé sauce

Who’s Your Daddy Challenge

Not for the weak! 2 1/2 pounds of sterling silver beef, tossed in chaos sauce, topped with lots of pepper jack cheese and our secret spices to make any man cry! Ask your server for details!


Dine In, Carry Out or Delivery! 0055 Mel Ray Road, Glenwood Springs 970.987.5056 •

Sample of the All Day Dining in the Courtyard Super Food Juices and Smoothies

Main Courses

Coco-Berry Smoothie Coconut kefir, berries, banana, orange, flaxmeal, chia seeds, vanilla

Duck Confit Ravioli roast onion marmalade, tellegio

Super Green Shake Apple juice, cashew cream kefir, banana, berries, Spirulina Pink Lady Apple, orange, mango, strawberry, banana

Apps and Large Salad Plates

Boulder Natural Chicken 8oz free range organic fed chicken breast, lime rice kedgeree Pistachio crusted scallops Quinoa tabbouleh and curried apples Macrobiotic Platter smoked tofu, seitan, black beans, quinoa, sea vegetables, tahini

Wild caught U.S. shrimp lemon, sea salt and olive oil, lentil salad

Ahi Tuna Burger Sweet chili mayo, Challah bun, pickled red onion, sweet potato fries

Omega kale, sunflower sprouts & mixed field greens, avocado, spiced macadamias, hemp seeds, citrus dressing

Rosemary Shiitake Mushroom Burger (vegan) heirloom tomato, grilled onions, tarragon ali-oli, olive ciabatta, house-made pickle

Smoked hummus Grilled paratha bread, olives, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers and crudités Jerusalem Artichoke Soup talleggio crostini Lovers Salad Avocado, olives, mango, pine nuts, vegetables, dried berries, balsamic shiitake dressing Bitter Greens and Red Grapes pistachio crusted goats cheese, asian pear, spiced walnuts, honey mustard vinaigrette

Champanelle con Salsicce house made fennel sausage, broccolini, garlic, red chili Organic Chicken Burger ½ lb Ground Boulder Natural Chicken Burger, Heirloom Tomato, Peach Ginger BBQ sauce, 4year Aged Cheddar, sweet potato fries

Dessert Organic Strawberry Shortcake All butter poundcake, chantilly cream, glazed organic strawberries. Gelatos and Sorbetto Ask your server for today’s selection, served in a brandy snap basket

We will be serving in the courtyard starting Memorial Day Weekend for Lunch and Dinner. Times will be 11:30am-9pm.

Courtyard Cafe and Copper Top Bar Throughout the summer, enjoy the scenic Courtyard Cafe and Copper Bar, popular among guests and locals alike. Floral lined walkways create a colorful backdrop for the courtyard’s centerpiece fountain. Chef brings a balance of seasonal ingredients and creative themes each designed to tantalize the palate. An extensive summer cocktail and wine list complements the menu to provide an exceptional dining experience. Open seasonally for lunch, dinner and cocktails. You can also enjoy cool evening beverages and tapas under the veranda at the CopperTop Bar. Located in the Hotel Courtyard, open seasonally.


Kanom Jeeb Thai Steamed dumplings, crabmeat, mushrooms, onions, celery, water chestnuts, carrots and minced chicken wrapped in wonton skin and served with ginger sauce Curry puff handmade puff pastries filled with sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, curry powder and lightly fried, served with cucumber relish   Chicken sa-tay Thai-style marinated chicken on skewers, grilled and served with homemade peanut sauce  

GArden Fresh thAi sAlAds

larb Gia Ground chicken mixed with red onions scallions, ground rice, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce and Thai spices larb Moo Ground pork mixed with red onions scallions, ground rice, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce and Thai spices  

Yum nam sod Ground pork with red onion, scallions, cilantro, peanuts, ginger, lime juice and chili pepper, served with lettuce

trAditionAl thAi soup

tom Yum soup Famous Thai spicy and sour soup with exotic herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, lime juice, scallions and cilantro tom Kha soup a mild and aromatic soup made from coconut milk, cooked with Thai herbs, scallions, mushrooms   Wonton soup Thai version of the popular wonton soup with marinated chicken wrapped in wontons, water chestnuts, mushrooms, celery and onions  


Cashew nut Stir fried with onions, green and red bell peppers, scallions, carrots and cashew nuts in delicious chili sauce

pad Ka-prow Green and redbell peppers, onions and mushrooms stir fried in a Thai chili sauce and fresh basil leaves Massaman Curry a blend of Thai spices slow cooked with coconut milk and onions, carrots, potatoes and roasted peanuts   pad thai noodles The most famous Thai noodle dish. Stir fried thin rice noodles sautéed with egg, bean sprouts, sweet radish, green onions and crushed peanuts   drunken noodles large rice noodles cooked with egg, bamboo, onions, green and red bell peppers and fresh basil leaves   Choice of Tofu, Vegetables, chicken, pork, Beef, Shrimp, Scallops or Squid with entrees

945-1565 ∙ 945-1566 1814 Grand ave Glenwood SprinGS Open daily • lunch 11-3 • dinner 5-10

Only two blocks from bike path! • Best Patio Dining in Carbondale!

ely Outstanding pizz t u l o s a” -Local Restaurant Review “ab Award Winning Food and Service 801 Main Court Carbondale, CO

This Main Street restaurant is four-time winner “Best Carbondale Restaurant” and a genuine local’s favorite. A popular gathering spot for friends and families to enjoy everything from a pint of Fat Tire Ale on the patio to a hearty meal in the dining room and live music Saturday nights. So step in and enjoy award-winning pizza, fresh pastas, fine ales, and legendary friendly service.

Full Bar • Huge Dining Room • Carry Out Parking

Open 7 days a week 11am-10pm (open until 11pm Memorial Day-Labor Day)

970-704-9400 Menu SaMpler Spinart Dip

Spinach & artichoke hearts blended into a creamy parmesan dip & served warm with seasoned foccacia bread & veggies.

Pear and Walnut Salad

Mixed greens, carmelized onion, sliced pear, roasted walnuts, goat cheese, kalmata olives and balsamic vinaigrette.

Pasta Saltica

Penne tossed with sundried tomato pest, balsamic onions and arugula. Topped with fresh basil, feta and broiled salmon.

Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Crispy breaded chicken breast topped with provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion & pesto mayo.

Caramel Apple Bake

Housemade cinnamon apple compote topped with sugar cookie dough and baked golden brown then topped with vanilla ice cream.

Gluten Free Pizzas!


Professional Affordable


call or visit for details



Mondays All you can eat Pasta Marinara for $4.49 Includes e Tuesdays Take it easy!... $2.75 Easy Street Wheat Pints soup or ntrée, s and bev alad (4-Close) erage Wednesdays It’s Hump Day!...$2.75 Fat Tire Pints and $3.75 Cosmo’s (4-Close) Thursdays 8” 1 Topping Pizza $4.99 ALL DAY! Fridays Join us for Friday Afternoon Club 4 -6 $2.99 pints, cocktails, wine & “snackatizers” Saturdays Early Bird Halfsies: half price apps until 5pm Limit 2, dine in only, Summer Concert Series... LIVE MUSIC 7PM on our outdoor stage! Sundays Glass of wine for $1 with any pasta (Select from our $5.25 wines)

Fresh Homemad e Soups

White Way

Chicken, bacon, sliced plum tomato, fresh mushroom, smoked provolone & homemade alfredo sauce.

Italian Stallion Stuffed Pizza

Serious portions of pepperoni, italian sausage, salami, meatballs, Canadian bacon, onion & extra mozzarella inside a double crusted pizza

Mean Green

Housemade-pesto sauce, fresh spinach, sliced roma tomato, artichoke & fresh garlic.


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