In 1860, Capitan Richard Sopris laid claim to this historic mountain town, though not before the Ute Indians called Glenwood Springs home utilizing the healing powers of the hot mineral springs. They named them “Yampah” which means “Big Medicine”, a name still held today.
Sitting at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River, Glenwood is historically known for the world’s largest natural medicinal hot sulfur springs pool. Constructed in 1890, Glenwood became known as the “Spa in the Rockies”, and attracted the likes of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, infamous gangster Al Capone and world famous “Doc” Holiday.
Glenwood Springs is also close to the starting point of many popular hiking trails like Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek. Glenwood’s colorful history and scenic beauty lure millions of travelers from all over the world each year. Enjoy white water rafting right in Glenwood Springs on Shoshone Rapids. This more mild class III family whitewater rafting trip has a minimum age of 6 and features the rapids Man Eater, The Wall, and the Tombstone.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEAR GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Rafting on the Shoshone or ziplining in Glenwood Canyon!
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