This small museum shows a typical early Colorado house, with its living room, kitchen, furniture, etc. It gives you some idea how people lived in 19th century Glenwood Springs. Opened in 1972, it serves as a valuable resource for historical research.
Probably the most popular attraction at Glenwood Canyon is this beautiful mountain lake. The hike up to it is short but fairly strenuous, with a lot of loose rocks, roots, gravel, and low branches. But it's easily worth it.
The lake is a special place. It's been designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark. Please do not wade or swim in the lake; preserve it for future visitors.
This is one of Colorado's most spectacular canyons. You drive right through it if you approach Glenwood Springs from Denver. It has a number of places to visit. With my time rather limited, I chose the trail to Hanging Lake (see the next tip).
John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West, who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The legend and mystique of his life is so great that he has been mentioned in several books, and portrayed by various actors in numerous movies and television series. For the 100-plus years since his death, debate has continued about the exact crimes he may have committed during his life.
Suffering from tuberculosis from shortly after his graduation from dental school in Pennsylvania, Holliday moved to the Southwest hoping that the climate would be favorable to his health. After stays in Texas and Arizona, he moved to Colorado eventually ending up in Glenwood Springs, where in 1887, prematurely gray and badly ailing, Holliday made his way to the Hotel Glenwood, a sanatorium near the local hot springs. He hoped to take advantage of the reputed curative power of the waters, but the sulfurous fumes from the spring may have done his lungs more harm than good. As he lay dying, Holliday is reported to have asked the nurse attending him at the Hotel Glenwood for a shot of whiskey. When she told him no, he looked at his bootless feet, amused. The nurses said that his last words were, "Damn, this is funny." Holliday died November 8, 1887. He was 36. It was reported that no one ever thought that Holliday would die in bed with his boots off.
Although the legend persists that Wyatt Earp was present when Holliday died, Earp did not learn of Holliday's death until two months afterward. Big Nose Kate, Holliday's long time companion, later said she attended to him in his final days, but it is also highly doubtful that she was present.
An Episcopal minister presided at Holliday's burial on the day of his death. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery overlooking Glenwood Springs. Many argue that he could not have been buried on the day of his death due to frozen soil but I was involved in many funerals in North Dakota in the 1980s and we were able to do interments well into November and even did a few in December.
It is generally agreed that Holliday is buried in the Linwood Cemetery but it is not so well agreed exactly where. There are two separate headstones purportedly marking his grave. You pay your money (Actually there is no admission charge.) and you take your pick.
Getting to the gravesites may be a tougher challenge than some are willing, or able, to handle. It is a pretty steep climb of about a half mile, on a graveled trail but the view is also quite nice and the downhill trek is very easy.
Just when I thought that I was beginning to get the hang of this uploading pix thing, my computer crashed, I had to totally rebuild this tip AND I cannot open any of my pictures. I can find them but I cannot open nor upload them. Help, anyone, please?
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It was a steep uphill hike of 1.1 miles to see the waterfalls of the Hanging Lake. It was tiring but it was worth it even for a non-hiker like me. It didn't matter if I had to hold on to the hand rails, almost crawl to reach the next stone up or sit to go down safely.
My son was very excited to go in one of these. You take the Gondola ride up to Glenwood Caverns adventure park and and have a beautiful view of the city and surrounding mountains. He still talks about his ride up in the sky!
We went whitewater rafting at Rock Gardens Rafting, Inc in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I was a first time rafter so we did the Shoshone Half Day trip. The first part of the trip was the whitewater part, but it wasn't too wild, they were probably just class II rapids. Even being a first timer I could have handled a rougher ride than this. The rest of the trip was pretty much a relaxing float down the river.
Heading west on I-70, the road narrows and passes through the Glenwood Canyon. Take a look at the sheer vertical walls surrounding the highway (if you're the passenger, that is). The canyon, and the road, are so narrow that there is no reentry onto the highway from the Hanging Lake exit in the center of the canyon. This is a great place to stop though, and admire the beautiful scenery. And be sure to stop at the Hanging Lake exit and take the short but steep trail to the unusual lake.
Hire a bike and cycle through Glenwood canyon.
You will get some exercise at the same time as witnessing some gorgeous Colorado scenery. This is a perfect way to work up an appetite for lunch!
There is a place that rents bikes right next to the Hot Springs Lodge.
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