Drive 45 minutes through the Roaring Fork Valley to the neighboring town of Glenwood Springs. Pick up an assortment of fresh-baked breakfast pastries at Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant (141 W. 6th St.; 970-928-9186); you’ll dodge the hour-long lines if you order to go. Continue a few blocks down 6th Street to Glenwood Caverns, a natural formation in the Rocky Mountains nicknamed the Fairy Caves for its winglike rock structures. Adventurous explorers can don helmets and knee pads to shimmy among stalactites and stalagmites on the three-hour Wild Tour. (Less-enthusiastic visitors can opt for the undemanding walking tour.) After your excursion, walk a few blocks down 6th Street to Glenwood Hot Springs ($13.25), the nation’s largest spring-fed pool, where you can get tickled by bubbles on a submerged chaise lounge. Book an appointment at Yampah Spa, half a block down, for a session in the Vapor Caves ($12), mineral-water hot-steam baths contained in underground rock chambers. Cap your excursion at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company for a pint of the brewpub’s hoppy Vapor Cave IPA and a half-pound bacon-Cheddar burger.
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