Soaking up Glenwood Springs

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Doc Holliday's Saloon and Restaurant (Photo courtesy of Post-Independent)

We were very hungry after a 3 hour drive and an hour walking up and down a mountain. I had webscouted a likely place to eat called Doc Holliday’s Saloon and Restaurant. The combination restaurant with a very impressive antique bar was not around during Doc Holliday’s stay in Glenwood. But the building was. It was a mercantile store back then. The antique bar is over 125 years old and came from a bar in Leadville, CO. Inside is kind of dark, with lots of dark wood and pictures of Doc and his contemporaries. We settled in ordered. I remember ordering a hamburger and fries, my favorite vacation food (sue me), and recall it was very good. I believe they had buffalo on the menu as well. We all enjoyed both the food and the ambience.

 

After finishing up at the restaurant we promptly violated the Mother’s Prime Directive on Swimming.

Glenwood Hot Springs (Photo courtesy of Billy Hathorn)
We went directly the Glenwood Hot Springs and completely neglected to wait an hour before we began to enjoy the water. Surely thunderbolts or cramps would come to claim us, but we relaxed in the water with no negative consequences.

 

There are two pools at the hot springs. Both are filled with water from the Yampah Hot Springs on site. Water comes out of the ground at 122 degrees and they add fresh water to bring the big (400 ft by 100 ft!) down to about 90 degrees. We saw people swimming laps and using the diving boards. They even had a water slide. It cost extra, but I think the girls had a few passed on that. We mostly just soaked, splashed and floated in the big pool The small, therapy pool, is only cooled down to 104 degrees. I enjoyed this one. They have a filtration system and add chlorine, but you couldn’t tell. The water was clear, but looked somewhat green (not algae). But there was no chlorine smell. The smell was definitely sulfurous. But, I suppose that is what gives it it’s magical healing powers. Yampah means “big medicine”. It was named by the Ute Indians who had used it for 100s of years. We only had time for about an hour. But, that was OK. An hour was plenty. We were fed, relaxed and ready for our final five hours on the road.

 

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