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.
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.
Overnight guests can use it during the business hours (9am-10pm).
This is one of the bedrooms.
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.
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.
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.
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 is filled with hotter water (104 degrees F) high in salt.
Unfortunately, it is chlorinated and you will notice the smell.
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.
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.
|Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA|
|Walk-in||YES (9:00 AM – 10:00 PM)|
|Lodging||YES (Online Reservation Available)|
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