Glenwood Springs Press Kit

Come play in Colorado's land of water

Glenwood Springs, Colorado is home to distinctive attractions that include Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, considered the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool; Iron Mountain Hot Springs, situated along the Colorado River; Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park which features the highest-elevation roller coaster in North America; and the Yampah Vapor Caves, a naturally occurring underground steam bath. During the warm weather months, rafting the town’s two rivers, hiking to Hanging Lake and biking along paved and unpaved trails are popular activities. In winter, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling dominate outdoor itineraries. As for accommodations, Glenwood Springs offers a full spectrum of lodging choices.

Cities: Glenwood Springs
Elevation: 5,761’ above sea level

Visitor Centers:

  • Visit Glenwood Springs
    802 Grand Ave
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

401 N River St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Overview: Established in 1888, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world, measuring over two blocks long. It was first used by Native Americans and is still considered by them to be a sacred place. Features like a diving board and bubble chairs bring out the kid in everyone, as well as the Sopris Splash Zone aquatic zone and Shoshone Chutes whitewater adventure river. Other amenities include the award-winning Spa of the Rockies, a 107-room lodge, an athletic club, a retail store and restaurant.

Pool Amenities:

  • Lodging: Several room options are available. Every stay includes unlimited access to the hot springs and a full hot breakfast
  • Spa and Fitness: Have a massage, manicure or beauty treatment at the Spa of the Rockies, or take yoga, Pilates or other fitness classes at the Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club
  • The Grill: Refuel with a meal or a snack, everything from cheeseburgers to ice cream is available at the poolside restaurant
  • Sopris Splash Zone: the west end of the pool’s aquatic park includes the Shoshone Chutes adventure river ride, Hanging Lake zero-depth-entry pool with small slides and a waterfall and the multi-use Grand Fountain
  • Retail Store: has the largest selection of swimwear on the Western Slope

Elevation: 5,761’ above sea level
Year Established: 1888, to see the full history, click here
Water Source: Yampah Spring
Number of Pools: 2
Temperature Range: 90 – 104° F (32 – 40° C)
Price of Admission: click here

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

281 Centennial St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Overview: As Glenwood’s newest hot springs addition, Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 16 mineral hot springs soaking pools that range in temperature from 99 to 108°F. Smaller thermal spring pools are surrounded by a quiet zone to enhance relaxation, while a large family freshwater pool sits at a comfortable 90°F, adjoining an elevated jetted spa. The views, which vary from pool to pool, include the Colorado River as it winds through the valley, Iron Mountain, Red Mountain, the Flat Tops and majestic Mt. Sopris to the south. Other amenities include a restaurant called the Sopris Café, the Sand Bar, a retail shop, massage therapy and a bathhouse with free lockers.

Resort Amenities:

  • Bathhouse: Enjoy free lockers, family changing rooms and boutique shopping
  • Sand Bar: After 2 p.m., order a cocktail or a beer from the on-site bar near the quiet areas of the hot springs
  • Pools: Pool hopping is easy with 16 soaking pools all located in a designated quiet zone. The nearby family pool and jetted spa is perfect for young families with young children
  • Sopris Cafe: This café offers snacks, salads, wraps, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, bratwurst, smoothies, ice cream, soft drinks, beer, wine and pre-mixed alcoholic drinks

Elevation: 5,761’ above sea level
Year Established: 2015
Water Source: Gamba, Hobo, and Springs (located on Iron Mountain Hot Springs Property)
Number of Pools: 16 soaking pools, 1 freshwater family pool with an attached and elevated jetted spa
Temperature Range: 90 – 108° F (32 – 42° C)
Price of Admission: click here

Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves

709 6th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Overview: Thermal spring water that contains 34 minerals and trace elements flows through the cave floors via narrow channels at a simmering 125°F (52°C) to create the underground geothermal steam baths at Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves. The Ute Native Americans used the vapor caves for purification rituals when they inhabited the area. Many people claim a steam in the vapor caves has the uncanny ability to ward off impending colds and other minor illnesses. Body treatments, combined with a steam in the caves or a natural geothermal thermal mineral bath, have long been a favorite activity for couples and friends visiting Glenwood Springs.

Resort Amenities:

  • Spa: The spa offers massages, private tubs, herbal body treatments, facials, waxing and nail services
  • Salon: An Aveda salon is available for hair care, including colors, cuts and more
  • Vapor Caves: Natural steam vapor fills the rocky alcoves, allowing guests to relax on slab marble benches in warm, dimly lit chambers
  • Hot Springs Baths: In lieu of pools, Yampah has mineral baths, ideal for couples or individuals

Elevation: 5,761’ above sea level
Year Established: 1893
Water Source: Hillside Source
Temperature Range: 110 – 112° F (43 – 44° C)
Price of Admission: click here