If there’s ever a good introduction to hot springs, it’s at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.
The resort, which is equipped with a lodge, athletic club, spa, and the gigantic pool for which its named, is a community staple—offering its healing waters to the public since 1888. Visitors come to soak and enjoy the mineral-rich, geothermal pool, which is considered the largest hot springs in the world.
Glenwood Hot Springs has two pools: a large, football field-sized pool set at a comfortable 93 degrees, and a smaller 104-degree therapy pool. There are lap lanes, diving boards, water slides, bubbly chairs, summer-staple treats, and a historic red-sandstone-vibe—offering a little something for every visitor.
Upon entry in the historic bathhouse, you sign in to pay for a ticket (you can also rent a towel or a suit while you’re there), then head to the designated locker-room. You can leave and come back, so remember to stamp your hand if you plan to return. Lockers cost 25 cents to rent, so be sure and pack your quarters. From there, the only thing standing between you and the hot springs pool is a quick shower.
Pro tip: bring extra quarters and a pair of flip flops. In the summer, the pavement gets HOT, and the winter can make for icy stepping.
When most people think of hot springs, the first thing that comes to mind is likely a rugged wilderness bath or a spa experience. While Glenwood Hot Springs has a spa element (its Spa of the Rockies is a luxurious, award-winning choice—with a wide menu of therapies available), the vibe is both commercial and down-to-earth. It’s a communal space of gathering, filled with shared experiences of laughter and aquatic joy.
Locals have made Glenwood Hot Springs a part of their go-to daily routine, grabbing an early-morning soak or late-lunch lap, while out-of-towners can be seen cannonballing their way through entire days. Lodgers that stay at the Hot Springs Lodge get complimentary soaking access, and other lodging properties also have soak and stay packages (like the Hotel Denver, which also throws in a few brews). The pedestrian bridge makes for an easy gateway to and from downtown from the waters: a scenic walk across the bridge and, viola, the bustling charm of the small-town awaits.
It’s nostalgic. Easy. Low-key. Fun. Glenwood Hot Springs is incredible all year round—making for a refreshing summertime indulgence or a crisp winter retreat. It’s kid-friendly, so prepare for masses of families (especially in the peak season), splashing and giggling and having a great time. Prepare for a visit to a place that feels both familiar and brand new; a throw back to simpler times at the family pool, mixed with the excitement of a scenic soak in a neat, undisturbed mountain town.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is also part of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop; learn more about the 720-mile trek here.
Price: Peak season weekday ($23.75), peak season weekend ($25.75); value season ($17.50)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Bring: Quarters for a locker (they cost 50 cents), sunscreen, water, a towel (though you can rent them and a suit at the front desk), and slip on shoes.
Remember: You can’t bring in umbrellas or shade devices, toys must be soft (no plastic or water guns of any kind), and floaties have to be less than 48-inches in diameter (so big-time unicorns will have to stay in the car).
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