Glenwood Springs - headquarters for H2O relaxation and thrills

By Linda Navarro Published: May 11, 2018 0
photo - The Amtrak station in Glenwood Springs is close to restaurants, hotels and the hot springs. No need to rent a car when arriving in the Western Colorado town.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Amtrak station in Glenwood Springs is close to restaurants, hotels and the hot springs. No need to rent a car when arriving in the Western Colorado town. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Soak or steam all your cares away in the healing waters of Glenwood Springs.

Perhaps the most unusual are found in the Hot Springs Vapor Caves, with a history dating back hundreds of years to the Ute Indians. The mineral waters flow through subterranean cave floors, turning them into natural saunas. Stretch out and relax in the cave rooms and get the full treatment in Yampah Spa.

But there's more. Make aches and pains disappear, or just relax, in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool where, since 1888, the mineral water has been a delight. Today the pool features lap lanes for serious swimmers and, for the kiddos, waterslides and their own pool.

A newer addition in the area is Iron Mountain Hot Springs, with 16 mineral pools in varying degrees of heat. A freshwater family pool has spa jets, too.

All of the hot springs had led late-1800s dreamers to a Glenwood Springs master plan filled with resorts for the wealthy. Today it's for everyone.

To go along with water fun, the Glenwood area boasts a wide variety of mountain recreation for all ages. Hit the trails for amazing Rocky Mountain hiking. Bike, raft or paddleboard the Colorado or Roaring Fork River, skydive, take a Segway tour, try your hand at fishing or add a zip-lining adventure.

Love caving? Wind your way through the Fairy Caves passages in Iron Mountain. These wonders had been closed to the public for 82 years, opening again in 1999.

Families will delight in Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, with its catch-your-breath rides.

A 1.4-mile round-trip hike, rated moderate, will take you to Doc Holliday's grave in Linwood Cemetery. The famed friend of lawman Wyatt Earp had hoped the hot springs would cure his tuberculosis. They did not, and he died in Glenwood in November 1887 at age 36.

Here's a special vacation tip or just for a weekend trip. Don't worry about driving over winding Interstate 70 if you're not inclined. Take the train. Amtrak has daily trips from Denver's gorgeous Union Station and can drop you in downtown Glenwood Springs after a beautiful ride through the mountains.

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