Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Colorado

The world’s largest hot spring pool is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

It was named the “Most Fun Town In America” by Rand McNally and USA Today in 2011.


Hot Springs the President Loved

It is 2.5 hours’ drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs.

The train (Amtrak) may be an option to reach there.

Glenwood Springs is one of the most popular spa towns in the U.S.

Hotel Colorado

Once people called Hotel Colorado “Little White House,” as Theodore Roosevelt loved the staying.

According to one explanation, a teddy bear was born from a stuffed toy given by this hotel to his family.

The World’s Largest Hot Spring Pool

Hotel Colorado does not provide hot spring water.

A hotel next to it, Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge has the world’s largest hot spring pool.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Overnight guests can use it during the business hours (9am-10pm).

This is one of the bedrooms.

Bedroom

The main target of the pool seems to be walk-in guests.

As soon as the doors open, so many tourists enter, and the facility is big enough to accomodate them.

Panorama

The pool is divide into two.

Large Pool is 405 feet long x 100 feet wide, and Therapy Pool is 100 feet long x 40 feet wide.

Due to the gross area, it is said the largest hot spring pool in the world.

Large Pool1

A historic building of a public bathhouse built in 1888 remains in the premises.

American Indians (Ute) inhabited the area before the Gold Rush era, and it became under control of settlers in the second half of the 1800s.

The  history as a hot spring resort started in that way.

Water Slide

The water filled in Large Pool is tepid (around 92 degrees F).

Water slides looks fun, but the atmosphere is not for relaxation.

Therapy Pool

Therapy Pool is filled with hotter water (104 degrees F) high in salt.

Unfortunately, it is chlorinated and you will notice the smell.

Source of the Spring

What is worse is that they filter the mineral water with emerald color in the source, probably because most Americans recognize sulfur smell as bad odor.

You will experience it in a little bit better condition at the small fountain beside the pool.

The Original Glenwood Springs Cocktail

Although the way they use the water is not ideal, the huge pool against beautiful background of Rocky Mountains is worth seeing.

The pool is not just a historically important place regarding hot springs in the U.S., but very attractive tourist spots even today.

People Soaking

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
Rating[2/5]
Walk-inYES (9:00 AM – 10:00 PM)
LodgingYES
Official WebsiteYES

Related Hot Springs

It is only three minutes’ walk from the hot spring pool.

Yampah Hot Springs

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