Glenwood Hot Springs opened its doors back in the 1880’s, but its healing mineral waters were used by the Ute Indians for decades (if not longer) before then. The waters are filled with 15 minerals coming from The Yampa Spring, and The Ute called it “Big Medicine” for its healing qualities.
There are two pools at Glenwood Hot Springs. The larger pool is a 405 by 100-foot pool full with over 4 million gallons of “healing” waters. This pool is a constant 92 degrees, and the smaller "Therapy Pool" is a toasty 104 degrees.
Location: 401 N River St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Glenwood Springs is located about 3.5 hours from Denver, Colorado, just off of I-70. Glenwood Hot Springs is located at the edge of town alongside the Colorado River near The Hotel Colorado. It is an easy walk or drive from downtown.
Price: $29 for the day
Passes can be purchased at the counter or online before arrival. The passes are good for the entire day, and you can come and go as you please during their hours of operation (9am-9pm). There are also gazebos and towels available for rent. Each day pass also comes with its own locker to store your clothing and other items.
There are also packages available from Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort, and with Glenwood Adventure Park. Check those out here:
Glenwood Hot Springs is also known as “The Athletic Club of The Rockies”, and there is a gym with workout classes available. The gym access is an additional charge but includes access to the pools as well.
Glenwood Hot Springs is also family friendly and has slides and a splash pool available during the summer season. (When I went in November, these were closed).
There is also a lodge on site with a variety of rooms. When you book a night’s stay you gain access to the pools free of charge! Although I have not stayed here yet, if you plan a vacation to Glenwood Springs, I suggest considering the lodge as a place to stay, so you can have free and unlimited access during your trip!
Glenwood Hot Spring vs. Iron Mountain Hot Spring vs. Yampah Spa Vapor Caves
There are actually three different hot spring locations in Glenwood Springs, and each is distinctly unique:
Plan a trip to Glenwood Springs and visit each of these different spas and hot springs to experience their different qualities and minerals and leave town the most relaxed you have ever been in your life.
There is something in the water in Glenwood Springs, and it is magical!
However, I found a very nice, relatively cheap place to stay just outside of town. See more in my video below!
I had never stayed in a hostel before December 2022, but after this great stay, I plan to come back to this one and try more in the future.
Staying in a room with strangers in a dorm-styled room has never really appealed to me and, quite frankly, scared me. That is, until I went to Telluride and hotel rooms were over $400 for just one night and my only other option was to sleep in the car. Staying in a dorm-styled room seemed safer and much warmer than the backseat of my Jeep.
That’s when I found The Bivvi Hostel. With beds starting at $55 and private rooms at $150, it was a deal I couldn’t pass up!
As I mentioned, staying in a hostel always kind of scared me. I was worried about who might be in a room with me, having things stolen, and overall cleanliness, but Hostel Bivvi completely blew me away.
I chose to stay in their cheapest option, which was a 6-person room with bunk beds. Each bed came with its own locker, ear plugs, towels, and was just as nice as any hotel I have visited.
The Hostel Bivvi was incredible!
I ended up only having one roommate who was super nice and polite during my single night stay, and very quiet when she left early the next morning while I was sleeping. She had actually stayed in the same room the weekend before too. She said she absolutely cannot get enough of the place when she comes to ski Telluride!
Then, all the people I met in the lobby at breakfast were super nice too. The staff was also helpful by answering my questions and giving me a tour for my videos.
Compared to the other places in Telluride, The Hostel Bivvi was by far the best option. I would recommend it for anyone traveling to Telluride especially if you are solo. The people here will make you feel welcomed and safe.
I will say that the short 15-minute drive out of town wasn’t the most convenient especially if it’s snowing late at night. The other pros completely outweigh this one con.
Book your own night at The Hostel Bivvi here:
See more from my entire weekend skiing in Telluride:
Watch more from other trips to Telluride, here:
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