If you're looking for plenty of fun things to do in the great outdoors, look no further than the great adventures that can be had in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. You don't even need to be the outdoorsy type per say, to appreciate your time in what has been dubbed “America's Most Fun Town”. This place certainly lives up to its nickname, and if you use oxygen therapy on a regular basis, you can have just as much fun.
One such oxygen therapy patient is Gloria P. of Aspen, Colorado, which is a little less than an hour away driving distance from Glenwood Springs. Gloria loves visiting Glenwood Springs, and has been there on numerous occasions, so she's our tour guide and oxygen therapy advice giver for using a portable oxygen concentrator while having fun in America's Most Fun Town.
For some background on me, I started using oxygen therapy when I was 54 and diagnosed with COPD. I was pretty devastated to say the least. I didn't know anything about it and I thought my days of fun hiking and camping were over. My doctor reassured me, and I started using oxygen tanks, later switching to a portable oxygen concentrator. These days, I'm using the Inogen One G2 mobile unit with the 24 cell batteries.
I love visiting Glenwood Springs and I started going there a little over a decade ago, when I had a friend who lived there. We would always ride our bikes on the Canyon Bike Trail, which is one of my favorite places in the world. There is the most beautiful scenery you'll see, especially if you love canyons. All I have to do is wear the G2 on my back, and I can still ride my bike along the trail. Having the G2 backpack has been a big help with having more freedom to hike and bike.
Glenwood Hotsprings is another place you need to go if you visit Glenwood Springs. Of course, you'll need to wait until you're done using your oxygen concentrator before getting in. It's so relaxing and good for you, and you can relax in a smaller pool or get some exercise in the lap lanes. I've been doing some of this because it's not hard on my joints. If you want to swim or do any other exercise, make sure you talk to your Dr. first.
Another great but more challenging thing to do, is hike 1,000 feet to see Hanging Lake at the end of the trail. It's harder to do, so you will need to make sure you are physically up to the challenge. If you take your time like I usually do, it's not too bad, but it's definitely a climb. It's worth it though for all of the beautiful scenery. This is something you'd want to save all for one day in itself, and bring extra batteries in your bag or backpack!