Join the Family Fun at the 116th Annual Strawberry Days Festival, June 21-23, 2013.
Glenwood Springs is located 40 miles north of Aspen, Colorado and 60 miles west of Vail, Colorado. Awe-inspiring Glenwood Canyon is the gateway to western Colorado and is the starting point of many popular hiking trails like Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek. At the confluence of the Colorado River and Roaring Fork River, Glenwood Springs is known for its rafting, kayaking and gold-medal fly fishing. Glenwood Springs is home to the world’s largest natural Hot Springs Pool, the natural underground Vapor Caves at Yampah Spa, and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves.
Sunlight Mountain Resort is an affordable, family-friendly ski area that caters to all abilities. Glenwood Springs offers a variety of accommodations including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins and campgrounds, vacation homes, and ski-in ski-out condos. Glenwood Springs is the perfect place to plan your next Colorado vacation!
The Ute Indians were the first to call Glenwood Springs home. They enjoyed the healing powers of the hot mineral springs, they called "Yampah," which means "Big Medicine." In 1860, Captain Richard Sopris was the first white man to lay claim to Glenwood Springs. By 1883, the area had grown into a rough-hewn town of bars and brothels, populated with gamblers, gunslingers, miners and madams. In 1890, a bath house, lodge and pool were built near the hot springs' source. Glenwood Springs became known as the "Spa in the Rockies" and attracted the rich and famous of the day, including President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, President William Taft, and the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. Glenwood Springs also attracted infamous gangsters such as Al Capone and Diamond Jack Alterie. Gunman-gambler-dentist, John Henry "Doc" Holliday came to Glenwood Springs in hopes of curing his advanced tuberculosis by soaking in the hot springs. The mineral-rich waters couldn't help him, and he died in Glenwood Springs in 1887. His memorial is located in the Linwood Pioneer Cemetery, just a short hike from historic downtown Glenwood Springs.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is the largest business organization in Glenwood Springs and represents more than 600 members. The Glenwood Springs Chamber on three different occasions was named one of the top chambers of commerce in the nation by American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Other awards include a Daily Point of Light Award from President Clinton and several awards for communications excellence, including best chamber of commerce web site and best chamber of commerce magazine in the country. The chamber is organized around five core competencies: to promote the community; to build a strong local economy; to provide networking opportunities for members; to represent business interests; and to engage in political action. For more information or to join, contact the chamber at (970)945-6589 or email email@example.com