One usually thinks of a hot springs as a great stop after a day of skiing. We recently took a trip to Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO. Yes, it was summertime, but Debbie’s daughter and granddaughter were visiting from Florida and we wanted to check it out.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs opened in August of 2015. We came across their booth while at a travel show in Denver this past spring. Having previously visited the famous old pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort many times, we were excited about a new hot springs opening.
The staff was very friendly. There is a small gift shop located at the entrance. Here, you can buy souvenirs, swimsuits, towels, etc. Bring your own towel as it costs $3 to rent one. The shower and locker areas were beautifully designed. The shower stalls are large and have rain shower heads. The best part, the lockers are free.
No outside alcohol or food is allowed, although we saw people with their own food and snacks.
Walking out to the courtyard you will find a stand displaying a map of the pools with the temperatures of each. These were updated as the day went on. The springs is located between the Colorado River and I-70. While the springs are not secluded, the highway behind the sound barrier does not seem at all intrusive and watching the river rapids is relaxing.
The 16 natural thermal water pools are in a quiet zone. Calming music fills the area and umbrellas provide shade over some of the pools. The Garnet pool has an infinity edge looking out to the river. The temperatures start at 99 degrees and range up to 108.
At your far right you will find a larger family pool, just past the outdoor showers. The fresh water here is chlorinated and heated to about 93 degrees. There is an elevated jetted spa pool on the edge of the family pool. The spa is kept at 103 degrees and great for watching the people in the pool. A waterfall flows from the spa into the main pool. Music in this area is louder with a mix of mid-seventies soft rock and some disco.
If you are up for an outdoor massage, look for the white tent, on the lawn, near the family pool.
Sopris Cafe is located by the family pool. Here you can buy shakes, ice cream, sandwiches, pizza, beer, etc. Outside of the cafe is a covered seating area. Watch for the chipmunks and birds begging for food here.
There is an option for members of your group who are interested in a bit more excitement while you relax in the hot springs. The entrance and gondola ride to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, a mountain-top theme park, is only two minutes away.
We heard people commenting on how peaceful this place was compared to Glenwood Hot Springs, which is usually crowded and full of running and screaming kids. This was a relaxing area. We will be returning in the winter.