In our recently-released fall issue, don’t miss our destination feature about Glenwood Springs. My family has stayed in Glenwood Springs several times for corporate events, soccer games and getaways, so it is always exciting to hear about new things to enjoy. Since the story was written, I’ve received word about an exciting attraction on the horizon.
Plans are underway to redevelop the historic Iron Springs Spa on the bank of the Colorado River. Iron Mountain Hot Springs LLC, co-owned by Steve and Jeanne Beckley and Mogli and Coop Cooper, has purchased 13 acres west of Two Rivers Park and is going through the approval process with the city of Glenwood Springs. The owners envision a 40-by-60-foot family pool and four smaller relaxation pools all tucked into the hillside, along with buildings to house admissions, changing rooms, concessions and retail operations. The new resort will have a maximum capacity of 300 people and will be operated by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which is owned by the Beckleys.
Plans include construction of a watchtower resembling an old water tower similar to one that was on the site in the 1890s, a waterfall feature, a small bridge with a water slide and walkways, heated with water from the hot springs, connecting the pools. The family pool will include an elevated, hotter section where parents can soak while watching their children play in the shallow, cooler pool. Construction is slated to begin this fall with a tentative opening date of May 2015.
Long known as a hot springs destination, Glenwood Springs continues to add more reasons like this to visit and gather in town. Also, not only is the community accessible from other towns by bike trails and roadways; it’s scenic, fun and convenient to arrive by Amtrak.