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The Ute Indians knew what was good for them, and they congregated, for many years, at the hot springs near the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. In the 1880s, the springs became a hot spot for high society after wealthy miners "discovered" the springs and made them their own.

The scions of America's great families stayed at the famous Hotel Colorado where the waters could be taken amidst top class service and all the luxuries of home. Now, the ski resort of Aspen is just down the road and Sunlight is even closer, summer rafters come to float the Colorado River through the Glenwood Canyon, and the springs continue to attract visitors to Glenwood Springs.

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Alpine and cross country skiing are enjoyed at the local
Sunlight Ski Area. Ten miles of groomed Nordic trails are accessible from the ski area base and from at least two of the chair lifts. Lessons and equipment are available. A warming hut is located in Upper Meadow, with a backcountry cabin sleeping eight people ($40 a night). The downhill ski area has a vertical drop of 2,010 feet, with 440 acres of skiable terrain. The normal season lasts from December to April, and a shuttle service is available from town. For skiing and shuttle information, call (970) 945-7491 or 800-445-7931.

Built more than 100 years ago, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is touted as the "world's largest outdoor mineral hot springs pool". Actually, there are two pools. The small pool is heated to 104 degrees while the large pool is heated to 90 degrees. Bathing suits and towels may be rented and there is a restaurant on the site. In summer months, the pools are open daily. From September through May, the facility is closed the second Wednesday of each month. The Vapor Caves are located next to the hot pools and provide steam bathing as well as a spa program. The caves are open daily, year round except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pools and caves are located at 709 East 6th Street.

There are other caves near the town which offer spelunking adventure. Some of the caves are inside Iron Mountain, to the north of town. Across the river is Hubbard's Cave. For touring information, contact Timberline Grotto (970) 945 5053. There are two golf courses in Glenwood Springs (four if you count the two naturally landscaped mini-golf courses at Johnson Park). Glenwood Springs Golf Club is an excellent 9 hole course with a pro shop, driving range and restaurant. It's on Highway 6. The Westbank Ranch Golf Course (at 1007 Westbank Rd.) also has nine holes with carts available.

Alpine and cross country skiing are enjoyed at the local
Sunlight Ski Area. Ten miles of groomed Nordic trails are accessible from the ski area base and from at least two of the chair lifts. Lessons and equipment are available. A warming hut is located in Upper Meadow, with a backcountry cabin sleeping eight people ($40 a night). The downhill ski area has a vertical drop of 2,010 feet, with 440 acres of skiable terrain. The normal season lasts from December to April, and a shuttle service is available from town. For skiing and shuttle information, call (970) 945-7491 or 800-445-7931.

16 miles northwest of town, via Interstate 70 and Elk Creek Rd., the White River National Forest has an excellent trail system which leads through Flat Tops Wilderness.

The downhill slopes of Aspen and Snowmass are about 42 miles south of Glenwood Springs via Highway 82

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Camping

The Hideout Campground
1293 County Road 117, (970) 945-5621
This is a superior RV park, with tent sites and cabins. The Hideout is open year round with winter sites and cabins available.

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For local information, go to
Glenscape,
the Web site of the

Glenwood Springs Chamber
Resort Association.

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