Glenwood Springs Journals

World's Biggest Hot Tub

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A travel journal to Glenwood Springs by El Gallo

Hotel Colorado Photo, Glenwood Springs, Colorado More Photos
Quote: There's lot more to Glenwood than just the Hot Springs, but there's more to the Hot Springs than you're gonna believe. I consider this one of the world's greatest swimming holes and spots for "taking the waters". And if you get monkey hands, just go skiing.

World's Biggest Hot Tub

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Overview

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A huge, magnificent pair of pools--one hot, the other hotter. Steam caves that Indians pilgrimaged to for their curative powers. A local ski area--or hole up here cheap and zip over to Vail--anyway you leave town is some of the most scenic hiway in the country. Or railway--the Amtrac station here could be used as Western set, or a country inn. Fabulous hostel with soaking freebies, and a magnificent old lodge. Art galleries, western characters, whitewater rafting--and Doc Holiday's grave. (He had to be SOMEBODY'S huckleberry.)Quick Tips: Bring a bathing suit. Bring skis or hiking boots depending on season. Arrive by train, stay at the lodge or hostel depending on your means. Get a co...Read More

Hostel Glenwood Springs

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Hotel | "Glenwood Springs Hostel"

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A very fine HI-AYH hostel in a big old Victorian house within an easy walk from both downtown and the hot springs. A very mellow place to lay back and plot expeditions of the surround Rockies (and they offer trips to a lot of them) or just kick back and go through the owner's excellent record library. Guests get discounts on the ski area, the Vapor Caves, and get some ocasional free chow and pickups at train station or bus depot. A comfortable place, that can seem like a ski lodge at times, or an old Victorian spa club. No curfew. $12 for beds, private doubles only $26. Hope you brought trunks and a turkish towel, because it's right close to the hot water. As well as a center for every Rocky...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

Hostel Glenwood Springs
1021 Grand Ave
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
(970) 945-8545

Hotel Colorado

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Hotel

Hotel Colorado Photo, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Let's say you can afford it--or have the class to do a place like this once in a while, make up the difference later. At the Colorado, a classic old Rockies lodge, you'll be in for a treat, a history hit, a general taste of how life was lived back in the slower, grander epoch when great shuddering trains hauled the gentry up unto these mountains to pass the time, bathe in the sun, and take the curing of natural waters. This huge, imposing yet gracious pile of stone was put up around 1890 to serve people who arrived by train to the heart of ski and scenery country. It did it's bit for the War effort in the forties as a military hospital, but has been brought back up the standards of wha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

Hotel Colorado
526 PINE STREET
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
970-945-6511

Hot Springs Lodge and Pool

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Hotel | "Hot Springs Lodge"

Hot Springs Lodge and Pool Photo, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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The Lodge is sort of an "inbetween" price-wise, and a sort of odd place. It's a righteous old stone building, with the perfect location literarly right at the pool's edge. But it hasn't really lived up to it's situation and uniqueness somehow. Look at where the are...yet instead of free passes to the hot pool--which they control, they give guests a $2 discount. And look at the building--yet the interior rooms are very ordinary--not shabby or second rate, by anymeans, and not even bad for the price, but just sort of Ramada Inn or something. I would expect Victorian splendor from this place, or fortified torture chambers. On the other hand, you're right there at the wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

Hot Springs Lodge and Pool
415 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
(970) 945-6571

The Bayou

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Restaurant

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When you're in ranch country and surrounded by hundreds of miles of famous resorts, it's usually not that hard to get get a good meal. I mention The Bayou because it's reasonable, it's fun and they honor the centuries of tradition linking the Cajun peoples with Alpine skiing. "Gotta go pole my skipeaul down the Bayou.." you know. But come on, they're on the way back from the slopes, they are light-hearted and slightly warped (Motto:"Food so good you'll slap yo mama.") and they give a free cup of gumbo to anybody showing a lift ticket or ski rental receipt. If you are lucky enough to actually injure yourself on the slippery slopes, show them your cast (and whatever else you feel presentable) ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

The Bayou
Frontage Road
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
(970) 945-7771

Cloud Nine Photo, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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The World's Largest Natural Hot Pool. But that doesn't even cover it. As I mentioned, this is one of the world's all-time swimming holes (right up there with Lover's Beach in Cabo, Barton Springs in Austin, Jeremiah Johnson Hot Springs up Lolo Pass). There are two main pools. The big one is 405 by 100 feet. That's way bigger than two football fields--two city blocks of 90 degree water. Then there's the 'small therapy pool,' only about the size of a professional basketball court, where the water is 104 degrees--about what your average jacuzzi kicks out. If you insist on bubbles, they have an arrangement of pipes that provide local bubblization when you insert a coin in the slot--much pref...Read More

Doc and the Kid: RIP

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They brag about Roosevelt and Taft over at the Hotel, but don't make much mention that Al Capone liked the place, too. Yet, they make a big fuss over Doc Holiday, certainly as criminal and vicious. Ah the stuff of legends. The doctor is in at Linwood Cemetery, a short saunter out Cemetery Road. His tombstone says "died in bed" (easy to make a crack like that when he's six feet under and not lurking behind you with a sawed-off ten guage) . Ol' Doc, well known as a consumption-wracked walking cadaver (the Val Kilmer Doc is the one that sticks with us, no?--"I'm your huckleberry"), came to Glenwood for the obvious reason--physician, cure thyself. Hard to say if the waters helped, he died ther...Read More

Hking, rafting, fishing, and stuff

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Hiking Glenwood lies in a deep bowl with either mountains or canyons in every direction--you should be able to find a hike to suit you. Warm up with a walk up to the cemetery (sat hi to Doc and The Kid) and continue on to the Colorado River, as nice hike as you'd want. I kind of like the Boy Scout Trail--it just sort of seems so clean and straight. Red Mountain Trail leads up to the old Glenwood ski area, where the solemn skeletons of lift towers still stand vigil. The west is full of ghost towns, how many Ghost Lifts are there? Hanging Lake is a great place to hike too, a beautiful site perfect for fans of Roger Dean's old Yes album covers. If this all sounds too tame, ask around, you...Read More
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There are two types of skiing available to people staying in Glenwood: mini-local and mega-international. Right outside of town (and served by free shuttles) is Sunlight Mountain (the Sun doesn't actually Dance here, but it is light, fantastic), a prototype of the smaller, local Colorado ski areas that are the best way to ski these hills, in my book. Well, "small" is relative--200 foot vertical drop with 450 acres of runs and trails wouldn't be so tiny back East, would it? But, as in other areas of human pleasure, what makes more difference than size is attitude. Instead of Texas divorcees in shades, cowboy hats and crotchless underwear (or worse, Kennedys) running around with expen...Read More

The Railroad Station

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Okay, it's just an Amtrack station. IF you are that kind of person. It might also be a very poetic spot, an old-style railroad station in stone and wood and brass, with that sturdy comforting architecture you've seen in so many movies. You detrain here and there is no question you are in The West. You look at the view and take a deeper breath. Just walk over the footbridge across the freeway and you're at the Hot Springs. This is where Teddy Roosevelt, Doc Holiday, and Al Capone stepped down on the platform. I used to go up there hours early to meet trains, just to sit on a bench and read, looking across the valley at the Lodge and Hotel and Springs..oh yeah, and the mountains. It's like a ...Read More

THE SACRED MYSTERY CLOUD MEDICINE CAVES

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Where Indiana Jones meets the Godfather to take some steam? Seriously, the Yampah Vapor Caves have been a tourist site for millenia. The local Indian tribes considered them sacred (or course, what Indian in his right mind wouldn't?) and came to them for the obvious reasons--permanent organic Sweat Lodge. The three big caves are heated to 115 degrees by the same mineral hot springs that flood the pools outside, and humidity is generally 100 percent--which is to say: fog. You go in (for $9), you sweat. You wander around, you marvel, you creep out, you detox. You start hallucinating "Frankie Goes to Hollywood" videos. You stumble out like mole people into the glassed in Solarium or refreshin...Read More