Amtrak’s California Zephyr

Amtrak's California Zephyr runs through the Rockies
April 3, 2013

Amtrak’s California Zephyr takes a scenic route through the Rockies between Denver and Glenwood Springs, with a stretch marked by 29 small tunnels and the 6-mile-long Moffat Tunnel.

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‘Doc’ Holliday’s grave

Doc Holliday gravesite in Glenwood Springs
March 16, 2013

John Henry “Doc” Holliday, the gambler, gunfighter and dentist, died in Glenwood Springs in 1887 and reportedly was buried there, though some researchers have questioned the claim.

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Glenwood Springs history

President Theodore Roosevelt near Glenwood Springs
December 14, 2011

Staff writer As in Idaho Springs, it was the hot springs that first attracted European settlers to Glenwood Springs. The town’s first citizen, James Landis, bought the hot springs site and set up for business. The tent town, officially founded in 1885, was populated by miners, gamblers, prostitutes, shopkeepers and outlaws. They all settled in where the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers meet, about 180 miles west of Denver. The…

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Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon
November 2, 2011

By John Leach Hanging Lake is a crystal-clear, turquoise-blue lake suspended on the edge of Glenwood Canyon about seven miles east of Glenwood Springs. The 1 1/2-mile hike to the lake is rated “difficult” by the U.S. Forest Service because it climbs 936 feet to the top of Glenwood Canyon, at 7,323 feet in elevation. The hike will take about two hours round-trip, depending on stops to rest or take…

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Iron Mountain Tramway in Glenwood Springs
November 2, 2011

Staff writer Getting to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is part of the fun. At the edge of town, visitors hop on the Iron Mountain Tramway, a scenic trip to the top of the mountain where a rustic amusement park waits. Topside, there is the first alpine slide in the state, a huge swing over Glenwood Canyon (1,300 feet below), a 70-foot bungee jump, a zip ride 625 feet down the…

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Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs
October 23, 2011

Staff writer Glenwood Canyon is 12 1/2-mile-long scenic wonder, with the Colorado River running through the bottom and canyon walls of granite and limestone that rise up to 1,300 feet above the river. It is the largest canyon on the upper Colorado. The canyon stretches from Glenwood Springs, where the Colorado meets the Roaring Fork River, east to Dotsero, where the Colorado meets the Eagle River. In 1906, the canyon…

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Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
October 22, 2011

Staff writer The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has been in operation since 1888, using 3.5 million gallons of naturally hot mineral water that rises from the Yampah Hot Springs each day. The main pool is kept at 90 to 93 degrees, while the therapy pool is at 104 degrees. The outdoor pool is two city blocks long (405 feet by 100 feet, with nearly 1.1 million gallons of water), and…

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Hotel Colorado

Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs
October 10, 2011

Staff writer The Hotel Colorado, a national historic landmark, opened in 1893, catering to the rich and famous. The six-story building was made of local cream-colored brick and pinkish peachblow sandstone and designed to be a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. The hotel, which sits on a hill above the hot springs, was built at a cost of $850,000 by silver baron and banker Walter Devereaux. The…

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