Welcome to Hot Sulphur Springs
When you roll through the sleepy little village of Hot Sulphur Springs, it’s hard to imagine its glory days as a happening tourist destination. In the late 1860s William Byers, founder of the Rocky Mountain News, acquired most of the land in the area from itinerant Utes with a combination of legal maneuvering and the aid of the US Army, and he immediately began promoting it to tourists. At one time its rivalry with Grand Lake was so serious that a struggle over which town would be the Grand County seat led to a fatal shoot-out between elected officials. Hot Sulphur Springs prevailed politically, but never suffered the tourist invasion of Grand Lake – a blessing and curse, as these days it seems to be wilting in a slow economic decline.