There's no shortage of hot springs in ski country, but a new spot in Glenwood Springs, Colorado has upped the ante on relaxation. Denverites braving the traffic-laden I-70 corridor or travelers on their way to Aspen are probably familiar with the Glenwood Hot Springs, a sprawling facility that's been around for over 100 years. But the newly-opened Iron Mountain Hot Springs is posed to give its neighboring competitor a run for its money. With plenty of riverside soaking tubs and a larger, picturesque family pool, Iron Mountain should be at the top of your list of new spots to try this winter.
Located alongside the Colorado River and across from the tram at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Iron Mountain Hot Springs boasts 16 mineral soaking pools with temperatures ranging from 99 to 108 degrees. The soaking pool area is serene; peaceful music and discreet signs encourage visitors to keep things quiet and relaxed. Pro tip: head to the pools closest to the river for the best ambience and views.
Farther down river, a good-sized family pool is located next to the kid-friendly Sopris Cafe. A sampling of the cafe's flatbread pizzas yielded surprisingly delicious results, and the facility also provides locker rooms and plenty of bathrooms. The views of Mt. Sopris and Red Mountain are impressive, especially from the jetted hot tub located adjacent to the family pool. If your kids are old enough to swim on their own, ski-fatigued parents will enjoy soaking their legs while the kids splash out all of their extra energy.
Compared to other hot springs in ski country, Iron Mountain's only downside is its proximity to the highway, a problem that its older competitor also faces. But with new facilities, a luxurious ambiance, and similar pricing to Glenwood Hot Springs ($20 for adults, $14 for kids), Iron Mountain is our new go-to spot for soaking and swimming.
Check out a few more photos:
· Iron Mountain Hot Springs [Official Site]
· Lakes to Hot Springs: Mapping Where to Swim in Ski Towns [Curbed Ski]