• Glenwood Springs FAQs

Glenwood Springs FAQs

Answers to many of the most commonly asked Glenwood Springs questions.

Glenwood Springs is a popular destination due to its proximity to Denver, Grand Junction, and Aspen – an easy drive from those neighboring cities. Glenwood Springs is well known for the many hot spring spots, hiking, and biking trails, the Glenwood Canyon, and even the grave of Doc Holliday. See our list below for answers to our most commonly asked questions, and of course feel free to contact us if you need further information!

Approximately 9,600 people live within the city limits of Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Springs is 5,761 ft/1,756 m above sea level.

Glenwood Springs is 160 miles west of Denver, Colorado on I-70 at Exit 116 (downtown) and Exit 114 (West Glenwood).

In general, Glenwood’s core historic district includes the Hotel Colorado and the Glenwood Hot Springs in North Glenwood Springs as well as the blocks stretching from 7th Street to 11th Streets and between Colorado Ave. and Bennett Ave. in downtown Glenwood Springs. Find out more about Glenwood Springs’ history at the Frontier Historical Museum.

Ride Glenwood Springs (RGS) is the city’s year-round bus service. RGS buses operate daily from 6:53 a.m. to 7:53 p.m. on 30 minute intervals and offer transportation throughout the city from the Glenwood Springs Mall to the Roaring Fork Marketplace (Walmart) and all stops in between. The cost is $1.

The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) serves the Roaring Fork Valley between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. A typical fare from Glenwood to Aspen is $7. For a complete bus schedule, please visit www.rfta.com.

Is there a bus to Grand Junction? Vail? Denver? There is no bus service to Grand Junction. Bustang, operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDoT), provides daily bus service to Denver and makes stops in Eagle, Vail and Frisco along the way.

Yes. John “Doc” Holliday died of complications of tuberculosis on Nov. 8, 1887 at the Hotel Glenwood which burned down on Dec. 14, 1945. It was located at the northeast corner of 8th & Grand in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Doc Holliday is buried somewhere in Linwood Cemetery, though no one knows the exact location of the famous gunslinger. Doc’s current memorial marker was erected in 2004, replacing two previous markers. People like to leave coins and cards for the Western icon.

  • The historic Glenwood Hot Springs opened to great fanfare on July 4, 1888. It was the vision of town founders Isaac Cooper and Walter Devereux to make it the world’s largest hot springs pool, a title it retains to this day.
  • Iron Mountain Hot Springs is also historic but it went through many more iterations and a period of dormancy before it opened in its current form in July, 2015. It features 16 smaller–sized geothermal pools of varying temperatures and larger chlorinated family pool, all situated along the banks of the Colorado River.

Glenwood Springs was one of the first electrically lit cities in the U.S., even before New York City! In fact, the Fairy Caves in Iron Mountain (Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park) was one of the town’s first sites to turn on electric lights. The Shoshone Hydro Plant in Glenwood Canyon continues to generate electricity and is now owned by Xcel Energy. Glenwood Springs currently buys its electricity from the Municipal Electrical Association of Nebraska.

The water that supplies Glenwood Springs comes from two nearby waterways in Glenwood Canyon, Grizzly Creek and No Name Creek.

The devastating South Canyon Fire began with a lightning strike on July 2, 1994. Due to strong winds the fire quickly grew out of control, jumping fire lines and threatening homes. On July 6, the blaze tragically claimed the lives of 14 firefighters. There is a memorial to the firefighters in Two Rivers Park. Visitors can also trace the route and pay their respects to the doomed firefighters by hiking the Storm King Memorial Trail.

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is an interstate highway and open to passenger and commercial traffic year-round. This stretch of highway is susceptible to weather conditions and is occasionally closed due to unforeseen circumstances. To find out if I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is open, please see Travel Alerts at www.cotrip.org.

Taking a rafting trip through Glenwood Canyon or down the Roaring Fork River is one of the highlights of visiting Glenwood Springs. The season begins in mid to late April and wraps up by mid-September. Water levels vary depending on the time of year.

Colorado skiing usually begins by Thanksgiving with resorts statewide, including Sunlight Mountain Resort, fully operational by early December.

Glenwood Springs is home to a thriving and creative dining scene. To browse dining options, check out Glenwood’s Dining Guide.

With a huge inventory of rooms, visitors can choose from a wide range of lodging options at a variety of price points. See the Glenwood Springs Lodging Guide for details.