What’s in the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool?
The geothermal waters of Glenwood Hot Springs are overflowing with attributes touted to improve health and wellbeing.
Come on in! The waters of the historic Glenwood Hot Springs are beyond fine – they are warm, soothing and healing. In fact, the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool is not only open year-round and heated by Mother Nature, as Colorado’s premier hot springs, the resort has become a global destination for health-minded visitors thanks to the curative characteristics of the geothermal waters.
The spring that feeds Glenwood Hot Springs is called Yampah, named by the Ute Indians who were the first known people to use the springs for its therapeutic properties. In the Ute language Yampah means Big Medicine, a fitting moniker as visitors continue to seek out the Hot Springs Pool for health and wellness benefits.
The Yampah spring is one of the most prolific and hottest in the world. Discharging over 3.5 million gallons of water per day at a temperature of 122°F, the water is cooled down to between 93°F and 104°F, ideal temperatures for restorative soaking. Glenwood Hot Springs contains 15 naturally-occurring dissolved minerals that include: boron, calcium, chloride, sodium, sulfate, lithium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, silica, zinc, fluoride, phosphate and nitrogen.
Taking the waters – bathing – in mineral-rich geothermal springs for health purposes is known as balneology. It’s a practice that dates back to ancient Roman times and is deeply rooted in the spa cultures of Europe and Asia. The waters of Glenwood Hot Springs have been touted to soothe ailments ranging from arthritis and fibromyalgia to mood disorders like depression and anxiety. One thing is certain, after a soak in the Hot Springs Pool; you’ll emerge feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated.