Glenwood Springs

Doc Holliday Saloon in Glenwood Springs
Gunfighter Doc Holliday died in Glenwood Springs in 1887. | Photo by Steve Wilson / flickr.com

Glenwood Springs is a tourism center at the mouth of scenic Glenwood Canyon, the last stretch completed on Interstate 70 because of the challenges of preserving the canyon’s environment. It also serves as the gateway to Aspen, which is 40 miles to the south.

Glenwood Springs has been known for decades for the Hot Springs Pool and related facilities, which have drawn visitors wanting to relax and release every last bit of tension.

The city also is known for rafting, kayaking and fishing on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, which meet here, and for mountain biking and skiing at the local Sunlight Ski Area, as well as the Aspen ski areas.

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

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Glenwood Springs history

“Must-see” attractions
Glenwood Canyon
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

More attractions
Amtrak’s California Zephyr
“Doc” Holliday’s grave
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Hanging Lake
Hotel Colorado

Glenwood Springs facts
Population: 9,614 (2010 Census).
Land area: 4.8 square miles.
County: Garfield (Glenwood Springs is county seat).
Altitude: 5,761 feet above sea level.
Climate: Cool summers, cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 16 inches, including average snowfall of 59 inches. Snow depth of 3 to 5 inches from December to February. January averages: high 37, low 12. July averages: high 89, low 51. More weather >>