Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Fact Sheet
Year established: 1888
Claim to fame: world’s largest outdoor mineral hot springs pool
Water source: Yampah spring
water flow: 3,500,000 gallons of water per day
temperature: 122°F (51°C)
Size & temperature:
Large pool: 405 feet long x 100 feet wide (123 x 30 meters); 90°-93°F (32°-34°C)
Therapy pool: 100 feet long x 40 feet wide (30 x 12 meters); 104°F (40°C)
Gallons/Liters of water:
Large pool: 1,071,000 gallons (4,054,176 liters)
Therapy pool: 91,000 gallons (344,472 liters)
Diving Boards: 1
Lap Lanes: 4
Parking: free parking in a variety of lots; Hot Springs Hopper continuous shuttle available to outlying lots
Hours of operation: open daily, year round
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fall, winter, spring: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price of Admission: click here
Physical Properties and Chemical Analysis of Yampah Spring
as determined by the Colorado Geological Survey Department of Natural Resources
Sopris Splash Zone Fact Sheet
- The new Sopris Splash Zone is a family-friendly, water-centric aquatic park located at the west end of Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. It consists of three distinct areas: Shoshone Chutes, Hanging Lake and the Grand Fountain.
- Sopris Splash Zone honors the memory of Captain Richard Sopris, a prospector who explored the area around Glenwood Springs in 1860. He later became the mayor of Denver, Colorado. Mt. Sopris, the majestic peak south of Glenwood Springs, is named for him.
- Construction of Sopris Splash Zone began in October 2018, with the demolition of the old fiberglass water slides and the miniature golf course.
- A 100-plus-year-old oak tree was preserved because it likely dates back to the resort’s early days and is known as the “Legacy Tree.” The bathhouse and hot springs pool opened to the public in July 1888.
- Hours for the Sopris Splash Zone are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- There is no additional fee to use the new attractions in the Sopris Splash Zone.
- The Sopris Splash Zone is Phase I of a years-long, multi-phase, resort-wide renovation plan.
- Riders navigate Shoshone Chutes on either one- or two-person tubes. The ride is designed as an activity that can be experienced and shared by friends and family; young children can experience the river with an older sibling or an adult.
- The river ride is approximately 700 feet long with a total run time of about 2.5 to 3 minutes. There are about 100 seconds of shooting through fast-moving whitewater rapids at about 5mph, interspersed with calm areas to gather and regroup.
- From the launching pool, riders immediately begin their descent with a steep drop into the whitewater with quick turns, obstacles and contours designed into the channel to create fast-moving rapids and engineered to maximize thrills while still being safe.
- At the halfway point through the river, riders have the option to exit if they’ve had enough excitement or they can continue through the second half starting with another swift, steep drop and more rapids.
- The walls and landscaping of Shoshone Chutes are designed to emulate the natural Colorado landscape, some have likened it to the rock formations seen while rafting in Glenwood Canyon.
- To ride Shoshone Chutes riders must be 36 inches tall. Children between 36 and 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult in a double tube. Life jackets are provided and strongly recommended for small children and weak swimmers.
- Aquatic engineering firm Cloward H20 based in Provo, Utah and the landscape design firm DHM Design with offices in Carbondale and Durango, Colorado worked together to design the project.
- Cloward H20 is an award-winning aquatics consulting firm with projects worldwide, including Atlantis Resorts in the Bahamas and Dubai; water parks throughout the U.S., Asia and the Middle East; aquarium and zoo projects; whitewater and surf resorts; and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
- DHM specializes in landscape architecture, ecological and urban planning, and design. One of the company’s specialties is designing for the hot springs niche and recently completed an extensive redesign of Ouray Hot Springs in Ouray, Colorado. The firm is involved in five current hot springs facility improvements across the mountain west.
- The surfaces in and around Hanging Lake and the Grand Fountain are covered in soft Life Floor pool decking that improves comfort and safety for all ages. It is a slip-resistant surface that also stays cool in the heat.
- Hanging Lake, named after the famed falls and hiking trail in Glenwood Canyon, features waterfalls that children can play under and walk behind. The falls cascade into a zero-depth-entry pool.
- Other features include three kiddie slides and interactive aquatic play features.
- Under a large modern pergola that provides dappled shade for visitors is another zero-depth wading pool for youngsters.
- By day, the Grand Fountain is a fun splash pad that shoots water seven feet in the air.
- At night, the Grand Fountain becomes an illuminated show fountain with sprays of water that reach heights of 17 feet and can be seen by pool-goers and people strolling across the pedestrian bridge.
- The show fountain aspect of the Grand Fountain is a year-round feature. The fountain’s illuminated displays will add to seasonal celebrations throughout the year.
- The Grand Fountain recalls both the history of Glenwood Springs and Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. The Colorado River was originally called the Grand, which is also the name of Glenwood’s main street. When the pool opened in 1888, it featured a large fountain. The new Grand Fountain is a welcome return of a favorite pool element.
Kjell Mitchell, Glenwood Hot Springs President & Chief Executive Officer, overviews the vision:
“The Sopris Splash Zone is what Glenwood Hot Springs envisioned: a family-friendly resort experience with modern features that uniquely represent the Rocky Mountain West and complement our 130 years of rich history rooted in an authentic European hot springs spa tradition.”
Allen Clawson, Aquatic Engineer & Principal of Cloward H20, describes Shoshone Chutes:
“What makes Shoshone Chutes so exciting has more to do with volume of water and accelerations than vertical drop. A typical waterslide might have 600 gallons per minute (gpm) of flow down a fiberglass flume—a fun, yet predictable experience, but not really a group activity. Shoshone Chutes is much more like experiencing whitewater on a tube in a natural river with your friends. The ride pumps more than 25,000 gpm for an exciting and far less “controlled” experience than a slide flume—or at least it appears and feels that way to riders, and that’s the appeal.”
Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club Fact Sheet
Overview: Considered the premier fitness center in the region, the Athletic Club is located in the historic stone bathhouse. In addition to the club’s state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a full roster of daily classes and top-notch facilities, members and guests have unlimited access to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.
• movement studio equipped with Pilates chairs and reformers
• Yoga classes and therapy
• Pilates mat classes
• steam room
• full-circuit strength-training equipment
• free weights
• champion racquetball and handball courts
• cardiovascular equipment
• Barre, Zumba, aerobic and spinning fitness classes
• certified personal trainers and instructors
• locker rooms, towel service and amenities
• private sun deck
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge Fact Sheet
Refurbishments: 2011, comprehensive remodel of all guest rooms; 2008, comprehensive remodel of public spaces
Number of rooms: 107 non-smoking rooms
In-room: amenities include air conditioning, 42-inch flat screen LED televisions, built-in mini refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, in-room safes, energy efficient lighting, free internet access (Wi-Fi in lobby), iPod docking stations and other technological upgrades to accommodate a variety of electronic devices.
On-site: guest laundry, outdoor patios, private balconies and off-street parking
AAA Three Diamond rated: Rated by professional evaluators as a multifaceted property, with a distinguished style, including upgrades in the quality of physical attributes, amenities and level of comfort provided.
Awards: 2017, CNN Travel selected Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge as a Most Amazing Pool 2016, Colorado Parent selected the Lodge as a Top 5 Resort/Hotel winner; 2013, 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence; 2013 TripAdvisor Green Leaders, Bronze; 2010, Fodor’s Travel, Gold Choice “Top 10 US Hotel Pool.”
Business center: computers, color printer, fax, copy machine, internet
Meeting facilities: Ute Mountain Room seats 20; Iron Mountain Room accommodates 35
Audio/visual equipment: TV/VCR/DVD, dry erase board, overhead projector, screen, easel or flip chart available at no charge; extra flip-chart pads are $15 each
Packages: rates include one night’s lodging, unlimited swimming at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, full breakfast at the Glenwood Hot Springs Grill
Most popular packages: Ski Swim Stay, Rafting, Biking, Golf, Fly Fishing & Wellness Package
Price range: $159 to $319, rates are based on dates, room type and availability, and are subject to change. Taxes not included.
Discounted Athletic Club pass for Lodge guests: $17.00 (regular drop-in price is $34.50)
Reservations: 800-537-SWIM (7946) or 970-945-6571;www.hotspringspool.com
Restrictions: No smoking in guest rooms or common areas; no pets.
Glenwood Hot Springs Shop and Grill Fact Sheet
Apparel: The Rocky Mountain region’s largest selection of swimwear. Resort wear, handbags jewelry, gifts, sundries, hats, sunglasses, water toys and more are also available for sale in the retail store.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. during value season
Glenwood Hot Springs Grill & Snack Bar
Menu: daily specials, breakfast, sandwiches, soup, salad, snacks, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream
Full breakfast: every stay at the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge includes a full breakfast at the poolside Grill with a choice of cooked-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, daily specials, fresh fruit, baked goods, yogurt and hot and cold beverages
Beverages: juice, coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies, tea, soda, water (beer and wine are available at the Grill only)
Seating capacity: 80
Hours: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day; 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. during value season
Snack Bar hours: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day