Glenwood Springs is a popular resort town in the Colorado Rocky Mountains known for its famous hot springs pool, adventure park with caves, and many other attractions. Previously inhabited by nomadic Ute Indian tribes, Glenwood Springs attracts visitors from around the world travel who come here to relax, give their health a reboot, and enjoy outdoor activities in a cozy and welcoming environment.
One fun fact about Glenwood Hot Springs is that it is home to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool, which has been drawing visitors since 1881 who come here to heal a variety of ailments. People come to soak in the Big Pool as well as the Therapy Pool, which is similar to a hot tub. In the warmer months the springs operates two water slides, and there is an on-site restaurant and miniature golf course where people can play a round of mini golf. Admission fees are free for children two and under, and go up to $21 per person, depending on the season. Families and groups also enjoy Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which includes a roller coaster, a giant canyon swing, a tramway that offers panoramic views from enclosed gondola cabins of the springs, mountains and valley. The park also offers underground tours of Glenwood Caverns, which showcase thousands of fascinating formations and a decorate cave room.
Glenwood Springs is located between the popular towns of Vail and Aspen on Interstate-70, and is also a scenic three-hour drive from Denver. Other great nearby day trips include the 16-mile scenic Glenwood Canyon, as well as Grand Junction, which is 1.5 hours away by car.
Glenwood Springs has a diverse set of lodging choices, from private cabins and condos to larger homes. The most popular place to stay is in the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs, due to its historic downtown district and its convenient walking distance to other attractions and accommodations. Glenwood Canyon is a scenic neighborhood with lots of trees and sprawled out homes that attracts many people due to the outdoor activities like camping, kayaking, and hiking. Westbank Ranch is a neighborhood located just south of the town, and features large family homes with large lots, water rights, and mature landscaping. Another popular place to stay is the golf course community of Ironbridge, which is situated between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Features for residents and guests include a stocked pond and swimming pool.
There are many different and convenient ways to get to and around Glenwood Springs. The “Bustang” Interregional Express Bus service offers daily service between Denver and Glenwood Springs, which costs less than $60 roundtrip. The Amtrak California Zephyr travels from Chicago to San Francisco and includes daily stops in Glenwood Springs. Many locals and visitors take the local green, hybrid bus system to get around town for only $1. The RFTA (Roaring Fork Transportation Authority) is the valley-wide bus service that operates at 30-minute intervals and takes visitors everywhere, from the mall to the marketplace. These buses can be identified by their colorful “Ride Glenwood” banners. Other transportation options include Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Valley Taxi.
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