A few weeks ago I went rafting with a group of friends on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. My friend arranged a group rate at the Caravan Inn, whose owners are friends with Whitewater Rafting and got us a very special family rate.
I’ve passed through Glenwood Springs countless times, and when overnighting have always stayed at the surprisingly cozy Ramada Inn off I-70. Glenwood Springs also makes an excellent affordable base camp for skiing Aspen, if you don’t mind trading a 40 minute drive for much cheaper lodging and dining options.
The Caravan Inn is an older era motel about a mile south of I-70. While the exterior appears solidly dated, inside it’s clean, has very large rooms, free secure internet, fridge and a big pool and hot tub. The large bathrooms are completely modern – no squeaky or ancient faucets. The large open spaces and peaked roof give it a “straight out of the 60s” look and you can almost picture the wood paneled family station wagon pulling up with the kids piling out begging to hit the pool.
The furniture in our room on the north building was more modern then our friend’s across the lot, but I’m not that picky about a dresser and headboard.
19th Street Diner is one block south. Great place for breakfast with an attached bar for drinks in the evening.
One Tripadvisor review gave negative marks for being too far to walk from downtown Glenwood Springs. I’d dispute that as I mapped it at .8 miles exactly, making a perfect stroll for after dinner.