Welcome to Glenwood Springs
Let’s start with the fun stuff. Doc Holliday – gunfighter, gambler, Wild West legend and, uh, dentist – died here. Why he came here is the first clue to Glenwood Springs’ long-standing appeal: thermal hot springs. In Holliday’s day they were thought to have restorative powers; he hoped they’d ease his chronic respiratory ailments. Perched at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers at the end of gorgeous Glenwood Canyon, the hot springs have been a travel destination for centuries. Ute Indians sat in steamy thermal caves, which they called yampah ('great medicine'). A mild climate and a range of summer and winter activities have rounded out the city’s appeal, but the springs remain the town's primary draw.
Glenwood Springs also represents an inexpensive down-valley alternative to Aspen and Vail – it's only one hour from each, which makes it a reasonable budget base for some of Colorado's best skiing.