Glenwood Springs, Colorado Story Ideas
At Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, clients can steam in underground vapor caves or add an oxygen treatment to their experience. Splendor Mountain Spa provides deeply meditative aquatic Watsu treatments in a heated 3,000-gallon (11,356 liters) pool. Swedish, deep tissue, polarity, Shiatsu, Thai, integrative, neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, warm stone and sports massage are all treatments available at Glenwood’s spas.
Maybe the Best Ski Package Ever
Considering that lift tickets alone at resorts like Aspen and Vail can cost as much as $189, Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Ski Swim Stay is the ultimate value-packed Colorado family ski vacation package. It combines skiing or riding at Sunlight Mountain Resort, swimming at the world-famous Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and a stay in one of the participating and affordable lodges with rates starting as low as $99! Remarkably, Ski Swim Stay packages even include free skiing for kids 12 and younger, making it ultra-family-friendly!
Find Your Thrills
Challenge your inner thrill seeker in Glenwood Springs! Adrenaline-fueled adventures begin at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, where custom-built rides will take your breath away. The Haunted Mine Drop is the newest and was voted USA Today’s Best New Amusement Park Attraction of 2017. The Giant Canyon Swing launches riders out over Glenwood Canyon, a 3,000-foot (914 meter) drop! The Park is also home to the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster—America’s highest elevation roller coaster, and the Alpine Coaster. All are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. If you have a passion to fly, try tandem paragliding, a favorite activity among our Mennonite guests. A running launch from Red Mountain will set you airborne! Add more high-flying adventure with Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures and Challenge Ropes Course.
Airborne: Riding the Current Adventure Trend
Get ready for a view from the top! Roaring Fork Skydivers has put Glenwood Springs on the map as a hub for some of the most scenic tandem skydiving in Colorado. Roaring Fork Skydivers offers thrill seekers the experience of a lifetime. Riding to altitude, jumpers are treated to views of the Continental Divide, the Maroon Bells, Aspen Ski Resort and Glenwood Springs. It may arguably be the best vantage point to watch the Colorado River as it cuts through Glenwood Canyon and joins the Roaring Fork. As the state’s newest drop zone, Glenwood Springs provides a skydiving alternative to Denver, the next closest.
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Clean, Green Energy
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort has been an environmental trailblazer since long before terms like “carbon footprint,” “eco-friendly” and “sustainability” became commonplace. It actively harnesses the geothermal energy of the mineral hot springs for snowmelt and to heat domestic water supplies. The resort has been recognized with a TripAdvisor “Green Leaders” award for its environmental practices. In addition to harnessing geothermal heat sources on-site, Glenwood Hot Springs has also adopted practices that include the use of state-of-the-art materials and energy-efficient technology that add up to not only dollars saved, but also to a cleaner, healthier environment for visitors and the community.
Doc Holliday: The Story Continues
Glenwood Springs has had its share of famous visitors—President Teddy Roosevelt, Al Capone and Kid Curry—but none so legendary as John Henry “Doc” Holliday. Visitors are enamored with tales of the steady-handed gunslinger and are eager to learn more about his life and death. The new Doc Holliday Museum is devoted to the man’s life and the era in which he lived. The centerpiece of the collection is a derringer pistol purportedly given to Doc by his sweetheart, Big Nose Kate. Though controversy swirls around the firearm, the mystery enchants Western history buffs. The same is true for Doc’s “grave” in the hilltop Linwood Cemetery, where Glenwood’s pioneer settlers are buried. Though his marker is situated in a choice spot overlooking Glenwood Springs, his final resting place within the cemetery is unknown. Around Halloween, Doc and other ghosts of Glenwood’s past appear to tell their stories on the Frontier Historical Society’s annual Ghost Walk, a sell-out event. Glenwood Springs is also home to the Doc Holliday’s Saloon. Take a gander at the photos hanging on the tavern’s walls including those of Doc, his buddies the Earp brothers and his enemies the Clanton’s and McLaury’s.