The Glenwood Hot Springs has a fun array of water fun. They have a heated pool that's kept at a comfortable 90°-93° F and the therapy pool averages about 104° F. There are diving boards, water slides, and a kiddie pool stocked with rafts, rafts, floats, masks, snorkels and foam discs or balls. There's also a mini golf course on site. Mini golf and water slides only available in the summer.
Peak Season rates run from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. All other times are considered Value Season rates.
No trip to Glenwood Springs Colorado would be complete without a visit to the historic Glenwood Hot Springs pool. This pool is the largest naturally heated mineral hot springs pool in the world measuring over two blocks long with over one million gallons of water. The pool is open year round with waters heated in the large pool and therapy pool 90-93 degrees and 104 degrees respectively. The large pool also has two large (47-foot drop and over 330 feet long) tube water slides that dump out into a separate area. There are also swimming lanes and a diving area in deeper waters.
My family, with children aged 2, 6, and 10 spent a few hours at the Glenwood Hot Springs pool on a Saturday and enjoyed this unique experience. Families will love that the majority of the pool is very shallow, perfect for kids just learning to swim. However, the pool does not have gradual (i.e. zero depth) beach access. My 2 year old was too short to stand alone in the shallow waters (except the stair area) but my 6 year old was the perfect height to practice her swim strokes as she could touch the bottom of the pool easily. It’s a good idea to bring float tubes or life jackets for babies and toddlers.
The therapy pool is a nice place to relax and soak sore muscles. My kids found that the therapy pool water was much too hot for them and opted to spend most of their time playing in the larger pool. My kids weren’t alone in their preference for the big pool as it appeared that only adults stayed in the therapy pool for long periods of time.
The water in the Glenwood Hot Springs pool is truly unique. It’s cleaned using a state-of-the-art ozone purification system with just a small amount of chlorine. Because of this, the water doesn’t have a chlorinated/chemical scent. It does leave a coating of minerals (mostly salt) on your skin when you get out so you’ll definitely want to rinse off when you are done swimming. My 2 year old actually had some small salt crystals on the tips of her long eyelashes!
There is a poolside grill serving meals and snacks. You can also bring your own picnic (as we did) and enjoy plenty of poolside seating and a large grassy area. However, if your kids are like mine, they will just want to eat and run because who can resist 2 blocks of pool!
In summary, if you are staying in Glenwood Springs Colorado you shouldn’t miss this iconic attraction. This is a relaxing family fun activity – the perfect answer to all of the rigorous activities Glenwood Springs Colorado offers.
This review is based on complimentary passes that I received to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I received no other compensation besides the passes and the pool did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.
If you're in or going through Glenwood with kids, a stop at the Hot Springs provides a nice break. The prices are not to exorbitant (less than $30 for our family of five when we went last year) and the hot water is pretty relaxing. Older kids (and adults) will enjoy the hot water slides that land in the pools. Families with younger kids will enjoy splashing in the not-too-deep warm pools.
The Glenwood Hot Springs pool has two tube slides, the old slide is now ridden on inner tubes - single or double style. The best part is there is no age or size limit as long as the kids ride with a grown up. After our adventures on the snow tubing hills and my two year old being devastated because he was too small, at the Glenwood pool he was in heaven! He rode the slide 30 times (nope, that was not a typo).
The second slide is ridden "naked" (without a tube) and is a very fast moving slide with a 36" height restriction and everyone rides by themselves. My four year old decided she wanted to try this slide and down she went. She rode this slide twice and was done. The second time down I tried the "fast" slide as well - it was a blast. Lucky for my daughter she went first, otherwise I think my parental instinct would have kicked in.
Now aside from no height restrictions on the "green" slide, or swim tests for that matter, why do I say this pool follows old school rules? Drum roll please - they still let you bring in float toys. I'm not just talking noodles and water wings but rafts, alligators, whales, rings, you name it, they probably will allow it. I can't think of any public pools that still allow float toys except for this one! They also still let parents toss kids into the air, bring in coolers and picnic lunches, and have a good time at a pool like I remember when I was a kid. In fact, I have been going to the Glenwood Springs Pool since I was a really little kid and I think the only thing that has changed, was, well - not much - and that is fantastic!
Quick side note, don't forget to take goggles for everyone (especially the little guys). Even if the kids' don't put their faces in the water, just getting splashed by the mineral water stings the eyes.
The hot springs pool is on the pricey side, and the slide passes are not cheap however, for the occasional special trip, the cost is completely worth it.
We live not far from the Glenwood Hot Springs, with its hot-springs pools that stretch over two city blocks long. The huge main "cool" pool has diving boards and lap lanes and plenty of room for kids to frolic; the "hot" pool is super toasty, and great for soothing sore muscles after a day of hiking or skiing in the Colorado mountains (yes, the outdoor pools are open all year long).
Two water slides (cost extra) and a kiddie pool are open seasonally. If you can manage some "mom only" time away from the kids, book a massage appointment at the on-site Spa of the Rockies, a brand-new, top-notch facility.
Admission to the pools isn't cheap, so plan to spend the entire day here. Arrive early in the day in the summertime (especially on weekends) to snag lounge chairs in a prime location.