Pool reservations are NOT required. Spa of the Rockies is temporarily closed without a set reopening date.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is the home of the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool, Spa of the Rockies and Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. The historic thermal spring water has been drawing visitors from all over the world since 1888. The source of the Glenwood Hot Springs’ mineral water is the Yampah spring which produces over 3.5 million gallons of water per day at a temperature of 122°F.
The World’s largest & one of the hottest in Colorado
In addition to being the largest mineral pool in the world, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is one of the hottest in Colorado.
Before the water enters Glenwood Hot Springs’ two pools, it is cooled down to 104°F (40°C) for the resort’s hot tub-like Therapy Pool and it’s cooled down even further to the bathwater-warm temperature of between 90° – 93°F (~33°C) for the gigantic main pool.
Taking the waters
Soaking in or “taking the waters” is a time-honored healing tradition and one that is still recommended as a remedy for a variety of ailments. In fact, members of the nomadic Ute tribe were the earliest known people to soak in the healing hot springs which retains the original Ute language name “Yampah,” which translates to “Big Medicine.”
However, this Hot Springs attraction offers some fun aquatic features in addition to world class relaxation! Make sure to check out the Sopris Splash Zone for thrills & laughs.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
401 North River Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
During the summer months and through fall as weather permits, the aquatic playground features a fast-moving river ride, waterfalls, interactive play areas, a splash and show fountain as well as ample shade and soft surfaces. The Sopris Splash Zone consists of three main areas, all named for area attractions or local history.
Aquatic Park: Sopris Splash Zone
Designed to mimic a Colorado whitewater rafting experience, Shoshone Chutes’ “walls” resemble rock formations in Glenwood Canyon. Like an actual river, the ride is interspersed with smoother sections followed by frothy, fast-moving “whitewater.” Riders, who must be above a certain height, descend on either single or double tubes. After a series of rapids, the ride gently deposits tubers into a large wading pool at the bottom where a lifeguard ensures a safe exit.
Hanging Lake Kid’s Slide
Another highlight of the Sopris Splash Zone is Hanging Lake kid’s slides and water fall, a zero-depth-entry pool that lets children get comfortable in the water at their own pace, while those acclimated can venture under and behind the gently cascading waterfalls, something you can’t do at Hanging Lake the National Natural Landmark. Kiddie slides and interactive play features keep this an area of perpetual motion for kids of all ages.
The Grand Fountain
During the day the Grand Fountain sprays water seven feet in the air, providing an engaging and interactive area for cooling off. After hours, it is illuminated and soars to 17 feet, for a dazzling display easily visible to guests at the resort as well as to passersby on the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.
Learn more about Sopris Splash Zone and watch more videos of the new area HERE!
Beginning February 1, 2016, the west parking lot for Glenwood Hot Springs Pool will be closed to the general public. The Glenwood Hot Springs is committed to making every guest’s visit fantastic, especially during the new Grand Avenue bridge project. There will be a number of parking options for guests, and all of them are FREE. Download this printable parking map, or visit the website for more information.
- Peak Season (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend) Open 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
- Value Season (After Labor Day Weekend to Start of Memorial Day Weekend) Open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily (During COVID)
- Daily Holiday hours may vary
- Glenwood Hot Springs is closed occasionally for maintenance. Please check for current hours of operation.
Sopris Splash Zone: Opening times & cost
The Sopris Splash Zone is open daily spring to fall as weather permits. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no additional fee to use the new attractions in the Sopris Splash Zone.
Glenwood Hot Springs Fast Facts
- Admission fees are variable depending on age, time of day and season.
- Paid admission does not currently allow for readmission during the day.
- Currently, outside food and beverages (other than water) may not be brought into the pool area.
- Swimsuit and towel rentals are available.
- There are men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and coin operated lockers. Family changing rooms are also available. Currently, the lockers are unavailable. Please bring valuables and personal items to the poolside.
- Umbrellas and shade tents are not permitted, however, ample shade is available throughout the property. Cabanas are available for rent, however reservations are recommended.
Swimming, soaking, playing and splashing in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is an iconic Glenwood Springs experience any time of year. The “big” pool, as it’s referred to, contains over 1 million gallons of water and is an aquatic playing field for kids of all ages.
There is plenty of room to spread out and play catch or relax on an inflatable. There is even a lap lane and diving area. The Therapy Pool is Glenwood Hot Springs’ version of a hot tub. At 100 feet X 40 feet, it’s significantly smaller than the big pool, but still massive in scale compared to any hot tub. Its size and hotter temperature make it the perfect place for splash-free soaking. The Therapy Pool is also outfitted with bubble chairs and submerged benches that offer visitors still more ways to relax.
For those looking for a break from the summer heat, pull up a lounge chair under one of the property’s giant poplar trees or relax beneath the newly built shade pergolas. A restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating serves breakfast and lunch, as well as an assortment of snacks and beverages including beer and wine. Ice cream cones and shaved ice with flavor bursts are a favorite treat for the younger set. Additionally, you can find plenty of other fun things to do in Glenwood Springs in addition to the natural mineral hot springs Colorado has!
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