Glenwood Springs, CO
In 1860 Capitan Richard Sopris laid claim to this historic mountain town, though not before the Ute Indians called Glenwood Springs home utilizing the healing powers of the hot mineral springs. They named them “Yampah” which means “Big Medicine”, a name still held today. Sitting at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River 40 miles north of Aspen and 180 miles from Denver, (and conveniently located on Interstate 70) Glenwood is historically known for the world’s largest natural medicinal hot sulfur springs pool. Constructed in 1890, Glenwood became known as the “Spa in the Rockies”, and attracted the likes of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, and William Taft. The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown was also known to frequent here, as well as infamous gangster like Al Capone and world famous “Doc” Holiday, who came to Glenwood hoping to cure his advanced stage tuberculosis. He later died here in 1887. His memorial is located in the Linwood Pioneer Cemetery. Glenwood’s colorful history and scenic beauty lure millions of travelers from all over the world each year.
Things to Do in Glenwood Springs
Remaining true to its heritage, downtown Glenwood offers a historic old town western feel with a modern twist. Glenwood Springs is also close to the starting point of many popular hiking trails like Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek. Glenwood Springs is a unique little town in which you can explore underground taverns, sample local produce and shop in funky boutiques.
Glenwood Springs has:
- Glenwood Hot Springs
- Whitewater Rafting
- Amtrak Train and railroad museum
- Disc Golf
- Gold Metal fly fishing
- Giant Canyon Swing
- Explore the Vapor Caves
- Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
- Historic Fairy Caves
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Rafting
Enjoy white water rafting right in Glenwood Springs on Shoshone Rapids. This more mild class III family whitewater rafting trip has a minimum age of 6 and features the rapids Man Eater, The Wall, and the Tombstone. See more about our Shoshone Rapids Half Day trips.
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