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Attractions

Attractions in Glenwood Springs

Hotel Colorado may be a destination in and of itself, but we think you’ll fall in love with the beauty of Glenwood Springs. This mountain paradise has long been a haven of adventurers who seek a gorgeous setting for hiking, biking, skiing, and more.

Of course, our world-renowned hot springs provide ample reason for a visit. Hotel Colorado is situated mere yards away from hot springs that will ease your troubles and provide the relaxation your body craves.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Hot Springs are highly sought after for their healing qualities, temperature (said to be the warmest in Colorado), and ease of access. With a range of options available for all ages, you’re sure to find the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

 

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is one of Glenwood Springs’ most popular attractions, featuring cave tours, thrill rides, restaurants, kids’ activities, special events, and more. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the Adventure Park sits on top of Iron Mountain with breathtaking views of the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding mountains.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is burstin’ with fun and adventure, and your biggest challenge will be how to pack it all in. Explore stunning caverns and formations in Colorado’s largest showcave. Fly down the mountain on Colorado’s longest alpine coaster, hang on to your seat in Colorado’s first 4D Ride Theater and fly through the air high above Glenwood Springs, out over scenic Glenwood Canyon in our Giant Canyon Swing.

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Yampah Hot Springs Vapor Caves entrance

Vapor Caves

The Yampah Spa Vapor Caves are natural underground hot mineral water steam baths located in the historic hot springs mountain retreat of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Hot mineral waters flow through the cave floors at 125 degrees F to create natural geothermal steam baths.

The Vapor Caves consist of three adjoining underground rock chambers. Visitors descend a stairway inside the main building and pass through a stone corridor into the caves. An atmosphere of well-being pervades throughout the soothing stillness of the caves. Relax on slab marble benches in the rocky alcoves, and inhale the natural steam vapor in the warm, dimly lit cave chambers. Stress and tension melt away instantly. Cave temperatures average 110 -112 degrees F, allowing repeated visits of 10 -12 minutes separated by brief rests in a nearby cooling room, or upstairs in the spacious solarium. Cold water and small tubs are also available for cooling off in the caves.

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Glenwood Hot Springs pool

Glenwood Hot Springs

For more than 130 years, Glenwood Hot Springs has provided a relaxing, rejuvenating respite from the stresses of daily life. Home to the world’s largest mineral soaking pool, Glenwood Hot Springs’ natural mineral waters will soothe your worries and lift your cares away. 

Glenwood Hot Springs also features an athletic club, a spa, and a boutique - visit this unique, historic hot springs resort today and cherish the memories for years to come.

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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Looking for a relaxing soak with a majestic Rocky Mountain backdrop? Look no further than Iron Mountain Hot Springs, featuring sixteen natural mineral hot springs soaking pools, a freshwater family pool, and a jetted spa. 

These mineral-rich pools are naturally heated by geothermal exchange, providing a relaxing and refreshing experience for mind and body right on the banks of the Colorado River. 

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Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Canyon is a rugged scenic 12.5 mi (20 km) canyon on the Colorado River in western Colorado in the United States. Its walls climb as high as 1,300 feet (400 m) above the Colorado River. It is the largest such canyon on the Upper Colorado. The canyon, which has historically provided the routes of railroads and highways through western Colorado, currently furnishes the routes of Interstate 70 and the Central Corridor between Denver and Grand Junction. The canyon stretches from near Dotsero, where the Colorado receives the Eagle River, downstream in a west-southwest direction to just east of Glenwood Springs, on the mouth of the Roaring Fork. Most of the canyon is in Garfield County, with the upper portion near Dotsero lying in Eagle County.

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Glenwood Canyon Fast Facts

  • 40 bridges over 12.5 miles
  • 15 miles of retaining walls
  • 2–4,000-foot-long tunnels
  • 150,000 new trees and shrubs planted
  • 30,000 tons of structural and reinforcing steel used
  • 810,000 tons of concrete used
  • 2 million tiles in Hanging Lake tunnels
  • 300 engineers consulted on the project
  • $490.3 million final cost of construction
  • 4 full-service rest areas that provide access to trails and the Colorado River
  • The project won more than 30 awards, including the 1993 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • A French-made overhead gantry was used to place 1,751 individual pre-cast concrete segments that make up French Creek and Hanging Lake Viaducts
  • In 2011, Hanging Lake was designated a National Natural Landmark
  • Glenwood Canyon is home to a thriving wildlife population including bighorn sheep, marmots, raccoons, birds,bears, deer, mountain lions and coyotes
  • The CDOT traffic management facility in the Hanging Lake Tunnels also monitors the conditions in the Wolf Creek Pass Tunnel approximately 200 miles away

World-Class Breathtaking Hiking

The White River National Forest provides endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring. Whether you’re looking for a casual half-day hike or a rigorous, day-long experience, you’ll find no shortage of gorgeous, awe-inspiring trails. Booth Falls Trail, Jess Weaver Trail, Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail, and Hanging Lake Trail are some of our favorites.

A visit to Hanging Lake requires a bit more planning -- due to overuse and degradation concerns, the U.S. Forest Service and the city of Glenwood Springs have initiated a reservation system that includes a fee caps daily visitors to the lake at 615. A $12-per-person permit is required year-round to access the lake, and during the months of May-October, visitors can only access the hike via foot, bike, or shuttle bus. In the off-season, November-April, visitors will be able to drive themselves up.

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Skiing and Snowboarding in America’s Playground

Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and our own Sunlight Mountain Resort will dazzle you with their beauty, ease of access, and mountain-town charm. Make your next trip to our beautiful corner of the Colorado Rockies with a long day on the slopes followed by a relaxing dip in our area hot springs. Cap it all off with a handcrafted cocktail in our Polo Lounge, and rest up for another day of joy in our well-appointed rooms and suites.

Ask our helpful staff for directions, recommendations, and the local inside scoop to make your day on the slopes even more exhilarating.