Description & Details
Glenwood Springs has the largest outdoor pool in the world, which gets its water supply from a hot spring. It measures a length of 123 meters and a width of 30 meters. The thermal spa was opened in 1888, but the special healing power of the water has been known for many years before: Already the Ute Indians came here, as they believed the spring was sacred.
In two pools you can enjoy the water and at the same time the location at the Colorado in midst of the Rocky Mountains. As it is, the bathing landscape of the Glenwood Hot Springs is entirely in the open air and yet you can visit it all year round. The larger pool has a temperature of 32° Celsius (89.6° Fahrenheit). It also has an area with springboards and sport lanes. The therapy pool has a length and width of 30 meters and a warmer temperature of about 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit). The bubble loungers invite you to relax. The water in this pool comes from the Yampah spring, east of the facility. Over 13 million liters hot water arise from it every day. The translation for Yampah is “Big Medicine”: 15 minerals contribute to the healing power in this water. As it has a original temperature of 51° C (123.8° F), it is cooled down for the pools.
Should you get hungry during your swim, go to The Grill. It is directly beside the pools. Alongside traditional burger and chips, they also have a menu of the day with changing dishes. You are, however, also allowed to bring your own meal.
Summer in Glenwood Hot Springs
While in winter only the two main pools are heated, smaller spa visitors can enjoy themselves in a separate children's pool during summer. Two slides are also open at that point in time. The Avalanche Falls as well as the Shoshone Chute are over 90 meters long and go down from this height for over four floors in curves and twists.
Beside its bathing facilities, Glenwood Hot Springs also has a miniature golf course, a big fitness studio and a lodge with over 100 rooms. There is a sports shop, too.
- The nearby parking lot offers enough space for your car.
- Meals and drinks are provided thanks to a nearby restaurant.
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Wellness & Beauty
Applications with minerals are also used in the Spa area, which opened in October 2008. No matter if massage, facial, manicure or pedicure: The offer ranges widely. Rated among the Spa of the Rockies' special packages is the “Ginger Renewal”. You will hereby enjoy a hot stone massage of the neck and shoulders with ginger oil as well as a foot massage. The “Hammam Ritual” pampers you with a mineral peeling and an ablution.
How to get there
Thanks to its location directly by the Interstate 70, Glenwood Springs is easy to reach. Take the exit 116 and change onto North River Street that runs parallel to the Interstate. Glenwood Springs is on this road and there are three car parks surrounding the facility.
By public transport
The American train system Amtrak stops in Glenwood Springs. The station is directly opposite of the Glenwood Hot Springs at the other side of the Colorado river bank. Over a foot bridge you can cross the river. What is more, there are Greyhound-Busses that stop in the city.