The source of the Glenwood Hot Springs' mineral water is the Yampah spring which produces over 3 million gallons of water per day at a temperature of 122°F. It is one of the hottest springs in the world. Before it enters Glenwood Hot Springs’ two pools, the water is cooled down to 104°F 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 for the gigantic main pool.
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.”
A Natural Hot Springs Pool For The Whole Family
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.
During the warm weather months, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool operates two water slides. The Shoshone Chute is a body slide, while riders on the Avalanche Falls slide use inner tubes for their descent. Both slides feature a 47-foot drop which deposits riders into a separate pool overseen by lifeguards. 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. For some sun-free afternoon fun, guests can play a round or two of mini-golf at the resort’s miniature golf course. Additionally you can find plenty of other fun things to do in Glenwood Springs!
Glenwood Hot Springs Fast Facts
- Pay admission once and come and go all day at no charge.
- Coolers are acceptable, but please no glass containers or alcohol.
- 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.
- Umbrellas and shade tents are not permitted, however, ample shade is available throughout the property. Cabanas are available for rent, however reservations are recommended.
Glenwood Hot Springs Accessibility
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and the Spa of the Rockies are wheelchair accessible. A hydraulic lift is available to help patrons with disabilities enter and exit the main pool.