Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs
Hot mineral springs comes out of the ground at 122 degrees, and 3,500,000 gallons a day, which becomes what is described as the biggest hot springs pool in the world. This famous Ute Indian Mineral Springs is now two pools, one quite warm and the other mildly warm, and you can swim and warm your bones all day long and far into the evening. The pool is at least a city block long, so it never seems too crowded. Once school is in for the kiddees, (Sept.-May) it is quite roomy.
There is a deli restaurant and an exercise room with weights, etc.
This is a famous Colorado Historical place and is a must see if you are driving along highway 70 which cuts Colorado in half horizontally.
I recommend for you to stay in the Hot Springs Hotel, when you stay there the include a pass to the pool and free breakfast in the morning. When you break down the costs/savings it makes sense. The hotel is very clean and the people who work there are very polite and helpful.
There is a three story waterslide at one end, and a miniature golf course next to the pool.
I have included some photos of the pool as viewed from the hotel, and local restaurants, etc.
The Glenwood Springs Pool is a must do if you're traveling to or through Glenwood Springs. The pool has quite a long history and many famous people have visited over the years.
The Glenwood springs waters have been used since the 1800's. The pool was built originally in 1890. The pools are filled with mineral-packed spring waters from the Yampah Springs. The water is so hot when it comes from the springs (122 degrees) that they actually have to add cold water to the spring water for the pools.
There are two adult pools, one pool is kept at 90 degrees and the other (the therapy pool) is kept at a steamy 104 degrees. Both feel so good. The water is very soft feeling and there are jaccuzi type chairs to sit in with water jets (these do cost and you will need to bring your change to put in the machines).
The pool is open year round. See website for hours of operation.
While the hot springs are a must see and do while in Glenwood Springs, I wouldn't go back to them again, maybe in Winter time but that' s it.
Over crowded, kids everywhere jumping into the pools and splashing you when you are trying to relax. They really need to confine kids to their own pool so the adults who come to relax can actually relax.
It was a nice experience but it felt like I was at the "community pool" on a Sunday....
Also, not trying to complain but the hot springs are located right alongside the interstate so I had the joy of listening to the roar of vehicles all day, oh so relaxing!
Many virtualtourists have recommended the hot springs in the Glenwood Springs attractions area. Here are some good inside tips:
1) Go after 9:00 PM and get a discounted rate for the last hour they are open.
2) Don't be scared to go in the winter... it is less crowded and more fun, they are "hot" springs.
3) The upstairs lockers rooms, when open, are usually less crowded and more clean
4) The lockers can by yucky, take flip flops.
5) Take quarters into the pool, there are nice "bubblers" which cost a quarter.. take a few, buying bubbles for strangers is a good way to make friends.
6) Pay more (usually 2x) to use the members club for immaculate locker rooms, free towels, full gym, sauna/steam room plus the "coolness" of coming out of the local members club instead of the general pool area.
7) Don't have hanky-panky underwater... you can see a long way with Goggles in the dark underwater!
8) If you are overweight, don't worry, there are all shapes and sized there.
9) Don't wear watches and jewelry, the mineralized water will turn them green, blue, grey or black.
10) Don't talk so loud, everyone can hear you.
If you are driving through Glenwood Springs, especially after a day of skiing, hiking or mountain biking, stop for a couple of hours and soak in the hot springs spa and pool. They have two very large pools, one at 104 degrees for soaking and one incredibly large pool at 90 degrees for swimming and wading. They are open until 10PM and it is wonderful to float in the warm pool and stare at the stars with steam drifting over your head. They also have two water slides.
Take a soak in the hot springs.
Pictured are myself, my brother Paul and cousin Scott.
The water feels great - besides, you can't come to Glenwood and NOT soak in the springs!