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Walk Back in Time at The Hotel Colorado

The New Historic Tours Have Started on Weekends and run through Labor Day

Glenwood Springs, CO (July 22, 2019) There is more to the 126-year-old Hotel Colorado than meets the eye. The history of the hotel is filled with stories that defy a natural explanation. In fact, there are rumors that some past guests are said to still roam the hallways along with some other colorful characters. Now guests, visitors and locals alike can experience the spirited characters for themselves with the Hotel Colorado’s new Walk Back in Time Historic Tours.

The Hotel Colorado is now offering the guided tours by the “ghosts” of colorful characters from Glenwood Springs’ past in partnership with The Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum. Each character portrayalist will share unique and haunting stories of The Hotel Colorado’s history during a one-hour tour.


The tour guide characters include the Town Marshall of New Castle Jasper Ward, visionary Walter Devereux who built the hotel, frontierswoman Eleanora Malaby, who bravely traveled by horse over Independence Pass, and more. The portrayalists will share unique and spirited stories of the Hotel Colorado’s history – some of which are first-hand accounts by previous guests and staff members.

The one-hour Historic Tour begins in The Hotel Colorado lobby and is offered on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Cost is $20 per person. Part of the tour’s proceeds goes to help support the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

“We want to emphasize that these new Historic Tours are also open to the public and locals not just to our guests,” said Jeremy Gilley, Sales Director, The Hotel Colorado. “We hope that the tours help participants gain insight on the colorful history of the hotel and our community.”

The tour will include areas such as; the hotel lobby, the basement, which at one time served as the morgue during WWII when the hotel was a naval hospital, the secret tunnel that Al Capone used to smuggle liquor into the hotel during prohibition, along with the main floor and hallways where ghosts are said to still roam. The tours will also include some information on the history of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Vapor Caves and the Glenwood Springs Electric Power Plant, which provided Glenwood Springs as the first place in the United States to have electric lights.

“What we hope people come away from these tours is two-fold, it gives the historic society revenue stream and it helps visitors coming to Glenwood Springs learn some living history about our colorful past,” said Bill Kight, Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society. “We really appreciate this unique opportunity and partnership with The Hotel Colorado.”

Other summer events happening at the Hotel Colorado include Cocktails & Canvas held in the classic serenity of The Hotel Colorado’s outdoor courtyard. It offers a grand evening of creativity, cocktails, and canvas with friends, which take place the first and third Thursday of month starting at 6:15 p.m. For reservations call 970-948-4545 or visit the Create Art Glenwood’s calendar page.The hotel also offers free live music by acoustic guitarist Rodrigo every Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the outdoor courtyard.

The Hotel Colorado’s Walk Back in Time Historic Tour tickets can be purchased directly at the front desk, online at or by calling 970-945-6511.  Click here for more details of The Hotel Colorado’s history and interesting past.



About The Hotel Colorado – The Hotel Colorado located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, was built in 1893 as a destination resort for the wealthy and well-to-do. For 126 years, Hotel Colorado has hosted the guests of Glenwood Hot Springs which is located less than 300 yards from our courtyard. Today guests enjoy a wide range of activities in Glenwood Springs, including the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Yampah Spa, hiking to Hanging Lake, white water rafting in Glenwood Canyon, fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork River, plus much more. The Hotel Colorado is Glenwood Springs’ only full service meetings hotel, and is recognized as Glenwood’s cultural icon for the last 126 years. The hotel is currently undergoing major renovations under its new owners the Melville family.


Media Contacts:

Jeremy Gilley, Director of Sales

The Hotel Colorado

526 Pine St.

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Direct: 970-928-3765

Main: 970-945-6511

[email protected]


Patsy Popejoy, Media Representative


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