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Second City in Colorado and Seventh in the U.S. to Use 100 Percent Renewable Electricity. 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO. (February 26, 2020) – Glenwood Springs uses 100 percent renewable electricity, so travelers can enjoy the town without affecting the carbon footprint by staying in a hotel, eating at a restaurant and visiting an attraction. As a stop on Amtrak’s California Zephyr route, even the trip to Glenwood Springs is environmental-friendly.

On June 1, 2019, Glenwood Springs, a town best known for its geothermal amenities, became the second city in Colorado and the seventh in the U.S. to flip the switch and transition to using 100 percent renewable electricity. The hot springs community in the Colorado Rockies is one of few towns in the country that has achieved the goal of sourcing its electricity 100 percent from wind, solar or hydroelectric power. Glenwood Springs purchases all its electricity from clean energy sources, primarily wind-generated electricity provided by Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN), the city’s wholesale power supplier. There is no increased cost to end users, a perk that sealed the deal and benefits the town’s residents, business owners and visitors.

Sustainable ideals favorably impact tourism. “This is good news for Glenwood Springs,” Director of Colorado Tourism Office, Cathy Ritter, said. “Travelers can come here and feel good about not affecting the carbon footprint. For approximately 42 percent of travelers, sustainability practices are a factor in selecting a vacation destination. By choosing to go to 100 percent renewables, Glenwood Springs and by association, Colorado has gained a significant competitive advantage in the tourism marketplace.”

Indeed, the city’s switch to all renewable energy gives its attractions the green light to tout its increased eco-friendly status. Glenwood Springs has always led the way in environmental activism, as the three hot springs attractions use the geothermal heat and recycle BTUs to reduce their energy consumption. A significant number of the community’s hotels and restaurants are also on-board with using energy-efficient appliances and LED lighting.

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The new Hanging Lake shuttle and permit system ensures that Glenwood Springs’ National Natural Landmark & public lands are protected for future generations, while improving the visitor experience. Summer 2019, was the first year that a reservations system for Hanging Lake was was implemented. With nearly 1,300 visitors a day, the trail had become so popular that it was in danger of being ruined by overcrowding, trail erosion and threats to the delicate eco-system of the lake. To remedy the situation the U.S. Forest Service teamed up with the City of Glenwood Springs to whittle down the number of visitors to a more reasonable 615 per day. The result has been a huge success.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is built around the preservation and education of the cave system. A few years ago, the Adventure Park replaced all of the lights inside the cave with LED lights to reduce its electricity consumption and the heat generated by the incandescent lights, which helps protect the humidity levels and thus the cave’s formations and tiny creatures.Few people know that Glenwood Springs was one of the first places in the U.S., even before New York City, to have electric lights powered by the hydroelectric dam in Glenwood Canyon, along the Colorado River. Acknowledging the importance of keeping sustainable ideals at the forefront of Colorado travel and tourism. Providing clean energy to help protect the area’s natural resources is a major accomplishment.

Glenwood Springs has long been known as a wellness destination, with travelers from around the world visiting to soak in the healing benefits of its mineral hot springs since the 1880s. Prior to that, Nomadic Ute Indian tribes inhabited the area and frequently bathed and soaked in the hot mineral waters. Today, in addition to enjoying the hot springs, visitors come to fish, raft and kayak on the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers; hike, bike and ride the trails; camp and hunt in the White River National Forest; and ski, ride, snowshoe and snowmobile at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley (Home of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, & Snowmass Village) Designated a Gold-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association

Aspen Snowmass / Roaring Fork Gold Level Ride Center First Gold-Level IMBA Ride Center™ in Colorado, and Fifth in United States

Roaring Fork Valley, Colo., (January 29, 2020) – Today, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA), Aspen SnowmassBasalt Chamber of CommerceCarbondale Chamber & TourismVisit Glenwood Springs, and Snowmass Tourism, together with the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), announce the designation of the Roaring Fork Valley as an IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center™.

With more than 300 miles of high quality singletrack to explore, the Roaring Fork Valley provides an incredible breadth of experiences for both local and visiting riders seeking beauty and exhilaration. The IMBA Gold-Level evaluation criteria is comprised of key aspects that make for an amazing mountain bike destination and include: variety of trail types, overall trail mileage, quality of trail experiences, destination best practices, and local services. The Roaring Fork Valley’s system of trails scored high marks in each of these categories, contributing to the IMBA Gold-Level designation.

With the growth of mountain biking and its evolution into a broadly appealing sport, the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley have developed singletrack trails to satisfy user demands while increasing sustainability. The Roaring Fork Valley’s public and private land managers, including the White River National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management, Pitkin County’s Open Space & Trails, Snowmass Village’s Parks & Trails, Aspen’s Parks, Open Space & Trails, Glenwood Springs Parks, Trails & Open Space, and Aspen Skiing Company’s Snowmass Bike Park, have each studied, approved, and built additional mileage and made countless improvements to the Valley’s singletrack trail system in order to achieve this award-winning distinguishment. Each of these trail approvals was carefully considered in the context of their particular location.

“Ride Center designations are as much about the process as the award. IMBA’s Trail Solutions team partners with the community to guide and educate on creating and enhancing amazing places to ride mountain bikes. For the Aspen Snowmass / Roaring Fork Ride Center to grow from Bronze-Level to Gold-Level is a remarkable achievement, and a testament to the community’s dedication to mountain biking,” says Dave Wiens, IMBA Executive Director.

“Aspen and Snowmass have long been known as elite ski and snowboard destinations and now, with IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center status, they also have world-class mountain biking to match,” says Wiens. “I cut my teeth racing on the Government Trail 30 years ago and got a taste of some of the new offerings at the inaugural Aspen Fifty. I’m stoked to ride the Sky Mountain Park trails and keen to explore Hay Park and Arbaney-Kittle, backcountry Colorado classics that have defined mountain biking for so many riders.”

The Roaring Fork Valley offers incredibly convenient and connected access between the five communities. The Rio Grande Trail, for example, is a surfaced pathway that connects trail users from Glenwood Springs, through Carbondale, Basalt, all the way to Aspen, 42 miles away. As riders traverse the Rio Grande Trail, they can choose from over 300 miles of easily accessed scenic terrain, from mountainous slopes and peaks, down to the valley floor. Favorite rides near Aspen and Snowmass Village include classics like the Government and Sunnyside Trails, with newer trails at Sky Mountain Park offering a way to link the upper valley trails together into loops ranging from an hour or two, to all-day adventures. While Snowmass offers beauty and challenge in all directions, the Snowmass Bike Park’s gondola and chairlift deliver riders above 11,000’, and offer descents of over 3,000’ to arrive back at Snowmass Town Park. Exploring the middle of the valley in Basalt and Carbondale, riders can find red rock terrain and desert cactus at Red Hill, or endless aspen tree groves and massive views of the Elk Mountains range on the Hay Park Trail. Red Mountain, one of Glenwood Springs’ new favorite trail systems, includes the Grandstaff Trail where grand views of Mount Sopris meet fun flow, big vertical drops, and optional airtime.

In addition to the Gold-Level trails, the Roaring Fork Valley is home to more than 10 bikes shops that are recognized for quality service and product, and some of the best restaurants, bars, and post-ride hangouts in the state. After a post-ride drink, enjoy an evening at one of the Valley’s world class lodging options, or go for a soak in one of several natural hot springs in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. For a post ride meal, the options are endless with everything from burritos in Glenwood Springs, pizza in Carbondale, farm-to-fork freshness in Basalt, to sushi in Aspen. Close out the day with a sunset ride in Snowmass, followed by a live outdoor concert under the stars on Fanny Hill or on the lawn at the Aspen Music Festival.

For more information, please visit RFMBA.org/Ride-Center.

About IMBA & RFMBA – The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) creates, enhances and protects great places to ride mountain bikes. It is focused on creating more trails close to home to grow the quantity and quality of mountain bike trail communities across the U.S., so everyone has access to close-to-home rides and iconic backcountry experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been the worldwide leader in mountain bike advocacy and the only organization focused entirely on trails and access for all types of mountain bikers in all parts of the U.S. IMBA teaches and encourages low-impact riding, grassroots advocacy, sustainable trail design, innovative land management practices and cooperation among trail user groups. IMBA is a national network of local groups, individual riders and passionate volunteers working together for the benefit of the entire community.

The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association formed with a mission to create and sustain the best possible mountain bike trails and experiences in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.  Founded in 2008, while recognizing the previous 30 years of mountain biking in the area, RFMBA became an IMBA Chapter in 2013. Working with all of our regional public land managers & other community partners, RFMBA attracts Annual Members, Business Partners, & Grants to power the Advocacy work, Programs, Projects, and Volunteer Events that are core to our mission. Learn more about our Trail Agent & Seasonal Trail Crew programs at RFMBA.org.

IMBA Contact: Eleanor Blick, IMBA Senior Communications & Advocacy Manager, 720-900-4622, [email protected]
RFMBA Contact: Mike Pritchard, RMBA Executive Director, 970-948-3486, [email protected]

Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA)

“ACRA is proud to celebrate locally serving and destination-worthy trails in the Roaring Fork Valley with the first IMBA Gold-Level designation in Colorado,” says Eliza Voss, Director of Marketing for ACRA. “The trail system in Aspen and the entire Roaring Fork Valley provides an incredible quality of life benefit to our community, as well as attracting biking enthusiasts from across the globe to enjoy our trails and mountain lifestyle during their visit.”

About Aspen, Colorado – Aspen, Colorado is an authentic, historic mountain town that is renowned for its year-round outdoor lifestyle, cosmopolitan cultural calendar, and bustling downtown ambiance. With an endless array of arts, culture, dining, and nightlife, Aspen is defined by an urbane feel that belies its small-town charm. An Aspen vacation is an experience that energizes the mind, body, spirit, whether soaking in mountain beauty and 300 days of annual sunshine, learning a new skill, feeding a fascination, or simply absorbing the mountain spirit. Located 18 miles east of Independence Pass on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide, Aspen is nestled in the heart of the White River National Forest at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River, Hunter Creek, Maroon Creek, and Castle Creek, and encircled by the peaks of the Elk Mountain Range in the central Rocky Mountains. Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is conveniently located only three miles from downtown Aspen. For visitor information, a complete calendar of events, or to book an Aspen vacation, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.

ACRA Media Contact: Maureen Poschman, [email protected]; 970.948.3176

About Aspen Snowmass – Aspen Snowmass, based in Aspen, Colo., operates the four mountains in the Aspen Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. In addition, Aspen Snowmass owns and operates the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass, a collection of rental and retail shops titled Four Mountain Sports and a hospitality division that includes the five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell and three contemporary Limelight Hotels, one based in the core of Aspen, one at the base of Snowmass Mountain, and the other in Ketchum, Idaho. In its current form, Aspen Snowmass is a values-driven company that is grounded within the core values of: Live Passionately, Awaken the Spirit, Elevate Community and Honor Place. Aspen Snowmass is accessible by one of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen). For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram or at www.facebook.com/aspensnowmass.

Aspen Snowmass Media Contact: Xanthe Demas, [email protected] 970.300.7021

Basalt Chamber of Commerce

“We are thrilled that Basalt’s scenic and challenging trails are included as part of the Roaring Fork Valley IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center,” says Kris Mattera, Executive Director, Basalt Chamber of Commerce. “Basalt is known for its two Gold Medal waters – the highest distinction for fly fishing. Now our community will be known as the home for outstanding, destination-worthy mountain bike trails, solidifying what the locals know – that the Roaring Fork Valley is a great place for outdoor recreation.”

About Basalt, Colorado – At the confluence of two Gold Medal rivers – the Roaring Fork and the Fryingpan Rivers, Basalt is known for its small-town charm and welcoming community Located in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, Basalt provides easy access to the mountains, rivers and trails. Basalt is a town of anglers and adventurers; entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts. Discover genuine mountain-town experiences and connect to the natural world in Basalt: where life flows.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce Media Contact: Kris Mattera, Executive Director of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce at (970) 927-4031, [email protected], or visit www.basaltchamber.org.

Carbondale Tourism

“Not only is Carbondale home to some of the most iconic trails in the Roaring Fork Valley such as Prince Creek and Porcupine Trail, biking culture is the very pulse of life for our small mountain community. As a collective world-class mountain biking region alongside our neighboring biking destinations, we are excited to be recognized as Colorado’s only IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center,” says Andrea Stewart, Executive Director of Carbondale Tourism and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

About Carbondale, Colorado – The picturesque town of Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver, 12 miles from Glenwood Springs, and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains. There is plenty to do here in the winter months, and the Carbondale area offers a variety of comfortable lodging options, great casual and exquisite fine dining, creative arts and spectacular entertainment, and intriguing historical areas. Recently named one of Colorado’s “Best Active Towns,” Carbondale is Colorado’s Base Camp for recreation, dining, shopping, special events, history, and art enthusiasts. Carbondale was recently designated a Creative District by the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). For more information about Carbondale, visit: www.carbondale.com, call: 970.963.1890 or email: [email protected].

Carbondale Tourism Media Contact: Sarah-Jane Johnson, RoadMap Consulting: [email protected]/ 310 854-2408.

Visit Glenwood Springs

“As the entrance to the Roaring Fork Valley, Glenwood Springs offers year-round trail access with stunning views of the valley in a laid-back atmosphere,” says Lisa Langer, Director of Tourism, Visit Glenwood Springs. “This new designation will elevate our area in the eyes of serious mountain biking enthusiasts, and it will encourage riders to experience all that the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. Of course, after a day on the trails, we recommend restoring those weary muscles at one of our famous hot springs attractions.”

About Glenwood Springs, Colorado – Glenwood Springs, where year-round adventures meet world-class wellness. An easy scenic three-hour drive west of Denver, outdoor enthusiasts will discover breathtaking vistas and historic mountain-town charm. In this home of famed hot springs attractions (there’s a reason it’s called the Land of Water), soak, swim and dive into the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool or steam in natural vapor caves. Hike to Hanging Lake, a National Natural Landmark, raft or kayak on the Colorado River or enjoy a stunning mountain biking experience on the Red Mountain or South Canyon trail systems or a more laidback cycle ride along the Roaring Fork River via the Rio Grande Trail or adjacent the Colorado River on the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail. Plan your vacation at www.VisitGlenwood.com.

Glenwood Springs Media Contact: Lisa Langer, Director of Tourism, Visit Glenwood Springs, 970-230-9035 or [email protected].

Snowmass Tourism

“This award recognizes the long term vision, commitment, and hard work of our community, which are fueled by passion for mountain biking and a deep appreciation for the incredible terrain that surrounds us in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “We like to think of Snowmass Village as the “heart of gold” – a central location within this Gold-Level Ride Center where riders of all ages and abilities have immediate access to terrain of all types, including lift-served gravity trails in the Snowmass Bike Park and the 24-mile Snowmass Loop, a cross-country bucket-list-worthy ride.”

About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant summer community just 9 miles from Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world. Snowmass offers guests incredible views of mountain vistas, in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres of wilderness, open for activities and exploration. Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, 30+ restaurants, 95 percent slopeside lodging, shopping, unique special events and music – all year round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.

Reserve your spot today to hike Hanging Lake, the jewel of Glenwood Canyon. The new reservation system is online now with a shuttle service to launch on May 1.

Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs is a beloved, one-of-a-kind destination in Glenwood Canyon. Though steep, it’s a short hike—just under a mile—and is one of Colorado’s most popular trails for hiking, photography and even wedding proposals. It’s no wonder why—the setting is drop-dead gorgeous. A crystalline lake suspended on the edge of a cliff with a backdrop of waterfalls and evergreen trees is the stuff of fairytales. But, like most fairytales, there was an unfortunate curse. In this case, too many visitors—130,000 per year—resulting in damage to the exceedingly fragile ecosystem. Thankfully, starting in May, that curse has been lifted.

An Improved Hanging Lake Hiking Experience

To remedy the environmental harm and foster a positive hiking experience, the number of visitors per day will be limited to around 600 during the peak season between May 1 and Oct. 31. The trailhead parking lot will also be closed to personal vehicles during this time. Hikers will have a full three hours to enjoy the National Natural Landmark—plenty of time to hike, relax and absorb the surrounding beauty. If visitors wish to shorten or extend their time, they can request to be placed on a standby list for an earlier or later pickup time. In the off-peak season, while reservations to hike the trail will still be required, visitors will be able to drive their vehicles to the trailhead. Rangers will be patrolling the trail and parking area to provide visitor services, information and to check for permits.

After months of input from the public and planning and preparation by the US Forest Service and the City of Glenwood Springs, the new permit and shuttle system is ready for its rollout. Here’s what visitors can expect in this new era of hiking Hanging Lake.

Convenient, Easy-to-Navigate Reservation System

Reserving your spot to hike Hanging Lake is an essential step and one that’s required of everyone, even cyclists who in the past have biked to the trailhead. Making online reservations is a streamlined process. Simply go to www.VisitGlenwood.com/HangingLake and select the date and time you’d like to hike. Reservations can also be made in person at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center. The cost is $12 per person with a portion of the funds designated for essential maintenance, ranger presence at the trailhead, visitor information and interpretive signage.

Hanging Lake Welcome Center Open for Visitors

The new Hanging Lake Welcome Center is convenient and centrally located, next to the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 110 Wulfsohn Road. For those with reservations, parking is free, and restrooms are available. To ensure you have plenty of time to park and prep for your hike, we recommend arriving at least 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure time. Hanging Lake Express, the shuttle service operated by H2O Ventures, will help you check in, then transport you to and from the trailhead—a 15-minute drive. Remember to hike smart, with plenty of water, sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

An Improved Hanging Lake Hiking Experience

While the main attraction is Hanging Lake itself, take time to savor the entirety of the trail which follows Dead Horse Creek. The trail features a variety of terrain. Be prepared to scramble across boulder fields and follow the loamy trail through lush foliage, across wooden bridges and past charming rest structures. Just prior to arriving at Hanging Lake is a steep rocky section; handrails provide a balance check and a sense of security but take care with small children. A wooden boardwalk surrounds a portion of the Lake and provides the perfect platform to admire the waterfalls, watch the fish (but don’t feed them) and snap photos. Remember, it’s important to be prepared to hike Hanging Lake and always follow Leave No Trace Care for Colorado Principals.

After your hike, board the Hanging Lake Express for a quick lift back to Glenwood Springs. Learn more about Hanging Lake and make plans to visit Glenwood Springs today.

An Old West mystery still piques curiosity. The story behind the firearm given to Doc Holliday by his girlfriend as a love token continues to drive visitors see it for themselves and ponder what happened on the day the famed gunslinger died in Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Sept. 21, 2018)—On Nov. 8, 1887, John Henry “Doc” Holliday died of tuberculosis in a rented room at the Hotel Glenwood in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The fact is, despite his fame and notoriety, the gambler, gunfighter, dentist and friend of Wyatt Earp left this earth destitute. However, legend tells us that Doc did have one possession dear to him at the time of his passing that turned out to be quite valuable: an 1866 Remington derringer pistol with an inscription reading To Doc from Kate.

It’s this artifact from the past that keeps visitors coming to the Doc Holliday Museum—a stand-alone museum dedicated to Doc’s life and the times in which he lived. The museum, run by the Glenwood Springs Historical Society, is located on the lower level of the Bullocks Western Store at Eighth St. and Grand Ave. Coincidently, it also happens to be the location of the Hotel Glenwood—where Doc died. In 1945, the Hotel Glenwood burned to the ground.

Doc’s derringer is the centerpiece exhibit of the museum. Even though the weapon is enshrined in a well-lit plexiglass case, museum-goers can still get an up-close look at the ornate inscription. It’s well known that Holliday had a relationship with Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings, better known as “Big Nose Kate,” a prostitute of Hungarian decent. According to the lore, Kate gave the gun to Holliday as a gift, probably around 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona.

“People are fascinated by Doc Holliday largely because of his association with Wyatt Earp and his role in the shoot-out at the OK Corral,” Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and the Frontier Museum Bill Kight said. “But he also had a life beyond that infamous event that defined him. It seems he had a girlfriend for whom he cared. This gun which she purportedly gave him is a token of that affection, or at least we like to think it is.”

Kight hedges a bit because shortly after the museum purchased the gun for $84,000, its provenance came under scrutiny. Some stories indicate that after Doc’s death, the derringer was taken by William G. Wells, the bartender at the Hotel Glenwood, as partial payment to cover the gambler’s funeral expenses. It remained in the Wells family until 1968 when Utah gun dealer E. Dixon Larson purchased it. It wasn’t until after the museum sealed the deal on the purchase that it learned Larson was of questionable character—a man known for his passionate pursuit for acquiring celebrity Wild West firearms. Some speculate that “Dix,” now deceased, was not above forging documents and embellishing historical stories. After Larson, the gun was bought in the 1980s by a Tennessee lawyer, then by Jason Brierly of Vancouver, Canada, who sold it to the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

Whatever the truth may be, it’s a mystery that only adds to the mystique of Doc Holliday—and drives visitors to schedule a stop at the eponymous museum. In addition to seeing the small, pearl-handled pistol up close, Doc Holliday groupies can also make a pilgrimage to his memorial marker in Linwood Cemetery which overlooks Glenwood Springs. Near the end of his life, in ill health and unable to earn a living dealing faro at the local gambling halls, Holliday was bed-ridden. As he lay dying he is reported to have asked for a shot of whiskey. The story is that Doc fully expected to die in gunfight, but upon finding himself at death’s door in a bed instead, he appreciated the irony of his situation and uttered his last words: “This is funny.”

Though Doc’s memorial marker is a place for visitors to pay their respects, Holliday was actually buried in the cemetery’s Potter’s Field and no one knows the exact whereabouts of his final resting place. It is yet another unsolved mystery Doc Holliday left behind and one that, like the derringer, keeps Glenwood Springs visitors enthralled with this bit of Old West history in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Find out more about Doc Holliday, the Glenwood Springs Historical Museum and more at visitglenwood.com.

Two Iconic Glenwood Springs Landmarks Celebrate 125 Years with a Historic Birthday Bash

The Hotel Colorado and the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves have teamed up to bring the community together for a once-in-a-lifetime, all-day anniversary celebration party on Sept. 15!

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (August 20, 2018) — Two of Glenwood Springs’ most historic and beloved properties are turning 125 in 2018. The Hotel Colorado and the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves are joining forces to mark dual milestone anniversaries on Saturday, Sept. 15. A jam-packed day of events, activities, history, art, dancing, food and music is planned. It’s the event of the century and one Glenwood Springs visitors and locals will not want to miss.

Both properties are celebrating the 125-year legacy of Walter Devereux, whose vision it was to create a luxurious, world-class resort in Glenwood Springs. Devereux brought hydroelectric power to Glenwood Springs and established the Glenwood Light & Power Company. He later developed the Hot Springs Pool, the Yampah Vapor Caves and The Hotel Colorado.

“The Birthday Bash is an opportunity to celebrate a momentous occasion—it’s not every day you turn 125—it’s a way of celebrating Glenwood’s amazing past and gathering everyone together for an incredible day-long party they won’t soon forget,” Christian Henny, General Manager of the Hotel Colorado, said.

Celebration events kick off at the community gathering space under the bridge on 7th St. with a Rotary Club-sponsored pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Along with flapjacks, there will be plenty of fun for children, including antics and entertainment by Jamin Jim, face painting, kid’s games and activities. At 10 a.m., an eclectic group—Boy Scouts, Ute Indians, beret-hatted Glenwood Springs Art Guild representatives and Glenwood Springs Historical Society (Frontier Museum) members dressed in period costumes (including Jasper Ward along with other familiar Glenwood Springs historical characters)—will usher the festivities to North Glenwood Springs as they lead the crowd from 7th St., over the Pedestrian Bridge to 6th St.

For the remainder of the day, quasquicentennial festivities will take place on 6th St, which will be closed to vehicular traffic in front of the Hotel Colorado. Visitors are encouraged to walk and ride their bikes to the event. Summit Canyon Mountaineering will have racks available for storing bicycles. The day’s events include musical entertainment, an activity area with games for kids (and adults) in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool’s upper parking lot O, a beer garden, food vendors in front of the Hotel Colorado and an art show with demonstrations and lessons at the Glenwood Springs Arts Center. Throughout the day, there will also be guided tours of both the Hotel Colorado and the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves.

“We’ve been planning this event since November 2017 and after all these months it’s rewarding to see it come together,” David Anselmo, co-owner of Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, said. “Celebrating and sharing Devereaux’s dream and history with others is how we continue to grow community and make connections that last well-beyond a day and even a lifetime. It’s events like the Caves’ and the Hotel’s 125th Birthday Bash that become a marker in time in the history of a town. I wonder what they’ll do for the 250th Birthday?”

Specific events and activities planned for the 125th Hotel Colorado and Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves birthday bash include:

  • At 10:30 a.m., the Boy Scouts will officially kick off the day’s event with a color ceremony.
  • At 10:45 a.m., there will be a blessing by Ute Elders and community faith leaders.
  • At 11 a.m., “Dr. Noise” takes the stage to entertain youngsters.
  • Noon, Magic Greg dazzles audiences with his clever magic show acts.
  • The Kids Area in parking lot O across from the Hotel Colorado will feature all-day activities like cornhole, balloon twisting, giant Jenga, giant ping pong, a bounce house and an inflatable mechanical bull.
  • At 1 p.m., the presentation of dignitaries Among the featured speakers will be Mrs. Melville, the matriarch of the family that owns the Hotel Colorado. She is affectionately referred to as “The Grand Dame of the Grand Dame Hotel Colorado.”
  • At 1:30 p.m., Ute Elders and royalty from three Ute tribes will perform historic dances in traditional regalia.
  • In the Colorado Room at the Hotel Colorado, the Glenwood Springs Historical Society will showcase artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history of Glenwood Springs, the Hotel Colorado, the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves and Glenwood Hot Springs. Thanks to the recent donation by the Van Rosenburg family, it will be first time that documents, drawings and artifacts of architect Theodore Van Rosenburg are publicly displayed.
  • Ute tribe members will be selling traditional handmade Native American items throughout the day.
  • At 3 p.m., the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue will perform their hilarious comedy show on the stage.
  • At 4 p.m., there will be free birthday cake and ice cream for one and all!
  • At 5 p.m., Skywave takes the stage to warm up the crowd, followed by Chris Daniels and the Kings from 6 to 7 p.m. Daniels was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He has appeared with the Garth Brooks, B.B. King, Vince, Gill, Amy Grant, Joe Walsh, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Oates, The Lumineers, Uncle Cracker, Blues Traveler and The Neville Brothers. Most recently Daniels and his band headlined at Strawberry Days to cheers and multiple ovations.
  • At 7 p.m., the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves will provide free access to the Vapor Caves until 9 p.m.
  • At 7 p.m., the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort will offer attendees two-for-one access to the pool.

This year is a milestone for other Glenwood Springs attractions as well. In April, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrated the 15th anniversary of the installation of the Iron Mountain Tramway, the main mode of transportation to get visitors to and from the mountain-top theme park. On July 4, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort celebrated its 130th year of welcoming guests to swim and soak in its geothermal waters; and coming up in October, the Spa of the Rockies will commemorate its 10th anniversary.

The Hotel Colorado and Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves would like to thank community partners for making this event possible. They include: Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Glenwood Springs Historical Society, Glenwood Springs Art Guild, Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation, Ute Indian Tribe, YouthZone, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Colorado Animal Rescue and Summit Canyon Mountaineering.

About the Hotel Colorado

The Hotel Colorado opened in 1893. It was part of Walter Devereux’s dream of building a first-class hot springs resort. Construction began in 1881 at a cost of $850,000. Architect Edward Tilton Theodore designed the structure as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Italy. The hotel was dubbed “the little White House of the West” because President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt liked to summer there and hunt in his free time. The teddy bear is alleged to have been invented by the hotel’s maids after the president came back empty-hand from a hunting excursion. Other famous guests have included President Taft, actor Tom Mix, Titanic survivor Molly Brown and gangster Al Capone. The Hotel Colorado is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historical Places.

About the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves

The Ute Indians, who originally inhabited the region, visited the caves for centuries and regarded them as a sacred place of healing and rejuvenation. They used the caves as a sweat lodge for traditional ceremonies and for healing. It wasn’t until 1893 when Cave No. 3 as it was known opened to the public. A foundation was poured, electric lights were installed, and marble benches placed within the caves for comfort. At that time, for modesty’s sake, men and women had separate bathing times. People continue to come to the Vapor Caves for the healing it offers as well as for therapeutic spa services. Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves are the only known natural vapor caves in North America.

About Glenwood Springs

For more information and to plan a visit please see visitglenwood.com. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116. An online Media Room is available at visitglenwood.com/media. B-roll video footage is available upon request.

To learn more and make Glenwood Springs vacation plans, please visit visitglenwood.com.

Marlene Neidert

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (April 19, 2018)—Born in Vienna, Austria and a globe-trotter by heart, Marlene Neidert brings a muscular background in digital media marketing, as well as an international viewpoint to her new position as Tourism Promotion Project Manager at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Even though Neidert was vacationing in Thailand at the time, she interviewed with Lisa Langer and search committee members of the Glenwood Springs Tourism Promotion Board via Skype. “Across the continents, Marlene was the obvious choice,” Director of Tourism, Lisa Langer, said. “Her experience and agility in social media strategy, tourism marketing and content building stood out; her fluency in multiple languages has already proven to be an asset for Glenwood Springs.”

As Tourism Promotion Project Manager, Neidert will primarily be responsible for managing VisitGlenwood.com social media and website content, as well as monitoring analytics. Other duties include generating and following up on group sales leads and attending industry shows including the upcoming IPW Denver, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace.

“I believe the perfect vacation starts with the perfect user-journey—beginning with the first spark of interest; leading to accessible information about lodging, dining and attractions; and, on to an easy-to-navigate booking process—culminating with a Glenwood Springs vacation that exceeds expectations and leads to a lifelong relationship with the customer,” Neidert said.

Neidert graduated from the St. Pölten University of Applied Science with a bachelor’s degree in media management. She went on to work for several German language media outlets creating content for newspapers, blogs and social media platforms; and later as an account manager for Ploner Communications in Vienna. Neidert relocated to Colorado with her husband in 2014. Before arriving in Glenwood Springs, she was the marketing and sales manager for The Adventure Company, a whitewater rafting company based in Breckenridge.

About Glenwood Springs

For more information and to plan a visit please see visitglenwood.com. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116. An online media room is available at visitglenwood.com/media. B-roll video footage is available upon request.

The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is the largest and one of the most exciting construction projects to take place on the Western Slope of Colorado in the last 25 years. The impressive structure opened to traffic on November 6, 2017, 10 days ahead of schedule. More than 3,000 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk across the new platform before it opened to vehicles. Workers will complete aesthetic detailing through spring and early summer 2018. The new bridge provides not only a safe and effective corridor for vehicular travel with wider lanes and better traffic flow, but also a welcoming grand entrance to Glenwood Springs and all it offers to visitors year-round.

One of the best outcomes of the Grand Avenue Bridge Project is the new Pedestrian Bridge. While providing convenient, walking-friendly access to downtown restaurants and retail shops, the pedestrian bridge also allows for local sightseeing. In fact, one of the most Instagramable images is a beautiful long view of Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Additionally, views of the Colorado River and downtown scenery can now be admired from the steps of the Hotel Colorado—panoramas that were previously blocked since 1953. Click here for 10 Fun Facts about the Grand Avenue Bridge.

Sunlight Mountain Resort launched a new pass option this ski season that adds season-long soaking at Glenwood Hot Springs in addition to skiing and riding at Sunlight for the 2017-18 season. The Sunny Soaker Pass is offered at three price points based on age: Sunny Soaker Pass (ages 18-64): $605, Senior Soaker Pass (ages 65-79): $429, Student Soaker Pass (ages 13-17): $459. The Sunny Soaker Pass is the latest collaboration with Glenwood Hot Springs and marks the next chapter in what has been a long and successful cooperative partnership between the two companies dating back to 1989 when Sunlight first introduced Ski, Swim, and Stay family vacation packages. The Sunny Soaker Pass comes with all of the benefits of Sunlight’s other season pass products, including free or steeply discounted skiing and riding at resorts in Japan, Spain, as well as other areas in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona.

This mountain-top theme park in Glenwood Springs added the world’s first underground drop ride last year. The Haunted Mine Drop is a professionally themed attraction that plunges riders 110’ down inside Iron Mountain in total darkness. USA TODAY named it one of the most-anticipated theme park rides of 2017 last February and voters chose it as the best new theme park attraction this January, coming out on top versus attractions from Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Six Flags America and Dollywood. Also last year, the park’s Giant Canyon Swing, which has been featured by media all around the globe, was name one of America’s most extreme theme park rides by USA TODAY.

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs was named Innovative Hot Springs Centre of the Year for Colorado by the Luxury Travel Guide (LTG), a leading provider of travel news, reviews and features headquartered in the U.K. The Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 16 thermal soaking pools filled with pure mineral water, plus a freshwater family pool and jetted spa, nestled on the bank of the Colorado River.

This summer Glenwood Hot Springs Resort will celebrate 130 years of bringing health, healing and relaxation to generations of Colorado families and visitors from around the globe.  The world-largest hot springs pool has delighted visitors since 1888. The resort is also home to the award-winning Spa of the Rockies, where treatments focus on health and wellness.

The Grandstaff Trail in Glenwood Springs is the newest trail experience on Red Mountain and is quickly becoming a must ride favorite for local and visiting mountain bikers. This 3.5-mile trail provides grand views, fun flow, big vertical and optional air time.  While the trail is open to two-way bike and foot traffic, and the open view corridors at most of the turns are designed to minimize conflict between uphill and downhill trail users, most local riders enjoy riding up the Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail given its consistent grade and plenty of shady spots…before enjoying Grandstaff on the way back down. Lower Grandstaff is open to downhill traffic only, ensuring a safe and fun experience for everyone on the lowest slopes of the mountain. This dog-friendly trail is also open for hiking and running. Improvements on Red Mountain are part of a larger soft trails master plan developed by the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association in recent years for the Glenwood Springs area. The plan will also result in a new dirt trail system on city and BLM land at South Canyon, and calls for new trails to eventually be staked out and built on Lookout and Iron mountains as well.

With its world-renowned hot springs, mountain-top theme park, and two rivers famous for rafting and fishing, Glenwood Springs is no stranger to the spotlight. A long list of accolades touts the town’s restaurants, attractions, and cultural experiences, but this will be the first time Glenwood Springs will be the focus of a multiweek television series.

For more information and to plan a visit please see visitglenwood.com. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off Exit 116. An online Media Room is available at visitglenwood.com/media. B-roll video footage is available upon request.

PBS TV Series Featured Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Colorado Public TV turns the cameras on Glenwood Springs for a five-part series showcasing the water-centric resort town.
Find links to each episode below, visit our Accolades page for more coverage.

With its world-renowned hot springs, mountain-top theme park, and two rivers famous for rafting and fishing, Glenwood Springs is no stranger to the spotlight. A long list of accolades touts the town’s restaurants, attractions, and cultural experiences, but this PBS Special was the first time Glenwood Springs was the focus of a multiweek television series.

The series, called Street Level, is produced by Colorado Public Television 12. Originally, the show centered on Denver neighborhoods, showcasing individual city streets with a focus on the arts, humanities, and food and drink. Its mission is to celebrate the communities we live in, at the “Street Level.” Now in its fifth season, Street Level has packed its bags and headed to Glenwood Springs.

Back in March, Lisa Langer, VP of Tourism Marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, started working with Paula Roth of Colorado Public Television in Denver. Roth and executive producer Heather Dalton initially considered targeting the entire Roaring Fork Valley for the series, but after extensive conversations with Langer, decided there was plenty of material for a weekly series on Glenwood Springs alone.

With the support of the city’s Tourism Promotion Board, business owners, the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum, and local producer Chris Tribble of Versatile Productions, the Street Level crew unpacked their bags and filming began. “Making this happen was a huge team effort,” Langer said.  “The series, hosted by Elizabeth Drolet and Juliana ‘Traveling Jules’ Broste, showcases Glenwood Springs to one of our largest and most important audiences — the people who live and travel within the state of Colorado.”

On July 11, Colorado Public Television 12 aired the first in a five-part series about Glenwood Springs.

“Glenwood Springs, CO: A Town for All Seasons” focuses on the history of Glenwood Hot Springs and Yampah Vapor Caves, interviews local brothers, and highlights the popular Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Preview at https://vimeo.com/224352019.

“Glenwood Springs, CO: Destination Relaxation” features John Henry “Doc” Holliday’s final days, the gastronomic wonders of Colorado Ranch House, and the rejuvenating aspects of three world class spas. Preview at https://vimeo.com/224354682.

“Glenwood Springs, CO: Thrill Rides and Award-Winning Brews” takes adventure to new heights at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, hits the tracks at the Glenwood Springs Railroad Museum, and tops off the segment with taste sensations at Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company. Preview at https://vimeo.com/224355492.

“Glenwood Springs, CO: The Seedy Side of Town” explores the community’s roots with a walk back in time to “Defiance,” followed by history and relaxation at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Preview at https://vimeo.com/224356041.

“Glenwood Springs, CO: History of a Resort Town” celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sunlight Mountain Resort, the evolution of the community, and tickling the ivories at Riviera Supper Club and Piano Bar. Preview at https://vimeo.com/224356673.