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Glenwood Springs Colorado ‘s most famous attraction is the world’s largest outdoor hot springs pool, where people have been coming for decades to soak in the pool’s therapeutic waters. Whether you soak or swim in the pool, many claim wonderful restorative powers from the warm, soothing mineral waters. There are also historic vapor caves located in Glenwood Springs, which are natural underground steam baths. Here, the hot mineral waters flow through the cave floors at 125 degrees F. The Ute Indians, who originally inhabited this region, used these caves for centuries and regarded them as a sacred place of healing and rejuvenation. These are the only known natural vapor caves in North America – others are manmade. The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is another Glenwood attraction. Take an exciting ride on a mountain tramway high up in the Rocky Mountains for a spectacular view of the picturesque town of Glenwood Springs. On the mountaintop are the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, and the panoramic views from Exclamation Point. The Historic Frontier Museum in Glenwood Springs takes you through an interesting timeline of the area’s history. It tells of the first person to discover the mineral hot springs, and other events such as in 1917, when “Buffalo Bill” Cody visited a friend of his in Glenwood Springs, just five days before his death in Denver. Other attractions in the town of Glenwood Springs are the many unique shopping opportunities, art galleries, specialized shops, antique shops and fine restaurants.

Glenwood Springs has a host of outdoor attractions and activities for young and old alike, from the adventurous and physically demanding to the serene and relaxed. Known throughout Colorado, Glenwood Springs boasts the awe-inspiring Glenwood Canyon at its doorstep. Viewed from the road, or better yet, from the paved bike path or by river trip, this canyon has been called the “little Grand Canyon” of Colorado. Glenwood Springs’ vendors will shuttle bicycle enthusiasts for a self-guided canyon tour or provide all the necessary equipment for a scenic guided river-rafting trip through the majestic walls of the canyon on the Colorado River. Glenwood Springs is the base for many activities within the Canyon itself, including spelunking through any of a network of hidden caves or taking a more relaxed family tour of the infamous Fairy Caves. White water rafting is popular near Glenwood Springs where you’ll find Class II and III rapids. Other canyon attractions include hikes to the crystal clear waters of Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock. Winter season attracts enthusiasts to the local ski area, where skiers and snowboarders will find miles and miles of trails for beginners to experienced skiers. Other nearby attractions include Sunlight Mountain Resort, the historic mining towns of Redstone and Marble, the wineries of Palisade, the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, the Colorado National Monument, the rock climbing at Rifle Falls State Park, and the world-class mountain biking trails in Fruita. The added bonus is that driving to any of these places is treat for the senses – the scenery is unbelievable wherever you go.


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