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Glenwood Springs Colorado is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains east of Grand Junction, a scenic, three-hour drive from Denver, and halfway between Vail and Aspen. From adrenaline-filled activities to pure relaxation in the picturesque Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs has something for everyone. The community has a saying “From a spring sprung a town,” because for centuries it has been known for the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, which is the world’s largest outdoor natural mineral hot pool. Captain Richard Sopris was the first white man to use the hot springs in July, 1860, but it was ten years later before the first person settled in Glenwood Springs and became the first owner of the hot springs. By the late 1800s, a stone bathhouse had been completed and a vapor cave on the north side of the river was added to make a complete health spa complex – and the town was in business. Today, visitors come from all over the world to soak in the soothing hot mineral baths, healing tired muscles and refreshing the soul. The huge Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is another landmark in Glenwood Springs, as it sits on a hillside just a few blocks from the heart of town. The vapor caves and Glenwood Caverns just down the road offer wonderful insight into the geothermal characteristics of the area. Once you’re energized from the mineral baths, you can stroll the town with its many museums, art galleries and specialized shops. You’ll also find just about every menu option available at Glenwood’s many restaurants.

The spectacular Glenwood Canyon sits at Glenwood Springs’ back door, and activities such as spelunking, rock climbing, and mountain biking abound. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado, Glenwood Springs offers miles and miles of river trails, hiking and biking paths, superb fishing holes, and thrilling white water rafting and kayaking activities. Championship golf courses with unequalled views are also in close proximity. The winter season brings skiers from across the country. Glenwood Springs is less than an hour from 7 world renowned ski areas, including Aspen, Vail, and Snowmass, Colorado. Glenwood Springs is also home to a Frontier Historical Museum that recounts the history of the town with interesting stories; such as in 1901 when Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt visited Glenwood Springs following a hunting trip. Other things to do in Glenwood Springs include bowling, miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, theater, eating at world class restaurants – the list is endless. Day trips take you to the mining towns of Redstone and Marble, the wineries of Palisade, the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, the Colorado National Monument and Rifle Falls State Park – and the scenery is gorgeous all along the way. Even frequent visitors to Glenwood Springs always find something new to see or do. Fall brings colorful drives and photographic opportunities and winter brings skiing on the uncrowded local ski slopes and ice skating, snowboarding or cross-country skiing.


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