Glenwood Springs is home to the world's largest Hot Springs Swimming Pool and some of the most spectacular scenery, mild to wild outdoor adventures, and the friendliest people in the country.
Some people believe that Glenwood's hot sulfur springs have healing properties.
Dubbed "Spa In the Rockies", Glenwood Springs attracted the rich and famous of the day. The prestigious guest list included President Theodore Roosevelt, Baby Doe Tabor, President William Taft, the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, the Mayo Brothers and gangster Al Capone.
One of Glenwood Springs' most infamous citizens appeared on the scene around this same time. Doc Holliday, gunman-gambler-dentist, headed west after the famous shootout at the OK Corral, where he hoped that soaking in the hot springs would cure his advanced tuberculosis. But the mineral-rich waters could not dissipate the ravages of the disease. Doc Holliday died at the Glenwood Hotel in November 1887. His gravesite in Linwood Cemetery remains a popular attraction today.
From the economic depression that gripped the entire country in the late 1920s to the impacts of World War II on Glenwood Springs and tourism in general, as well as the rise and fall of a substantial oil shale operation nearby, Glenwood Springs, like many Colorado towns, has experienced the boom and bust syndrome.