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Glenwood Springs, Colorado 2018 Press Releases

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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.

Hanging Lake, a National Natural Landmark, is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Colorado but during the peak summer months, the trail becomes overcrowded and the trailhead parking lot fills up quickly. In 2017, there were 184,000 visitors, a 23 percent increase over 2016, which prompted the U.S. Forest Service to instigate an environmental management plan limiting the number of hikers to 615 per day to help preserve the integrity of its natural beauty and uniqueness. The overall goal of this proposal is to create and implement a management system that protects Hanging Lake’s natural resources; manage trail congestion and high visitor use; improve the visitor’s outdoor adventure experience and support local tourism. The plan will benefit the fragile ecology by effectively protecting its natural and historic resources, limiting soil compaction to improve soil health, plant viability, stream health, wildlife habit and improve the experience for hikers. During high season, from May 1 to October 31, visitors will be given the option to take a shuttle to and from the site and be required to purchase a pass in advance via the Recreation.gov website reservation system. For more information on area trails and other adventure activities in Glenwood Springs, go to visitglenwood.com.

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 Features Glenwood Springs, Colorado

In July, Colorado Public TV turns the cameras on Glenwood Springs for a five-part series showcasing the water-centric resort town.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo., July 5, 2017

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.

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 will air the first in a five-part series about Glenwood Springs. To catch the series, tune in every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. through August 8. Each episode of Street Level will highlight a different aspect of the Colorado resort town.

“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.