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A visit to one of Glenwood’s two museums could strike your fancy. The Frontier Historical Society at 1001 Colorado Ave., the historic home was built in 1906 and left to the society by the Shumate family who lived in it from the early 1900s to 1971. On display are everyday artifacts used in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Every October the society hosts a Ghost Walk through the historic Linwood Cemetery . As night falls, visitors wind their way up the dirt track to the graveyard where they meet some of the town’s famous, and infamous, characters who are buried there. Without fail, the renowned Doc Holliday, who made his name at the gunfight at the OK Corral with Wyatt Earp and his brothers, makes an appearance. It’s great fun for the whole family.
Also worth a visit is the Glenwood Railroad Museum in the town’s historic railroad depot. Operated by the Western Colorado Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the museum features photographs, documents and artifacts from the historic railroads that operated in the area, including the Denver and Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland. There’s also a large scale model railroad layout that is sure to delight kids and grown-ups alike.
Hot Springs Pool
The Hot Springs Pool , established in 1888, is the largest mineral hot springs in the world, measuring over two blocks long, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, and along the banks of the Colorado River . The thermal waters are 90°-93°F (32°-34°C) in the large pool and 104°F (40°C) in the smaller, therapy pool. Features like two water slides, inner tubes, diving boards, and bubble chairs bring out the kid in everyone. Visitors have access to modern locker room facilities, lounge chairs, towel service, and swim suit rentals. Other amenities include a full service Sport Shop, the Hot Springs Deli and Snack Bar, the Hot Springs Athletic Club, and a challenging miniature golf course. 970-947-2955, 800-537-SWIM (7946), hotspringspool.com
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Located on top of Iron Mountain in historic Glenwood Springs , Colorado , Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers guests a full day of fun and adventure. The Iron Mountain Tramway takes guests on a scenic 10-minute ride that skims over tree tops and offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and rivers. At the top, guests can take one of three different tours of Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, ranging from mild to wild; enjoy thrill rides—including Colorado’s only alpine coaster; pan for gemstones; try the climbing wall, bungee trampoline or mechanical bull; and relax with lunch, dinner or drinks while they take in the views. Kids love the virtual Conestoga wagon ride and train ride, which are suitable for all ages. The Adventure Park also provides a memorable setting for special events. 970-945-4228, 800-530-1635, glenwoodcaverns.com
Sunlight Mountain Resort
At, 9895 feet above sea level, Sunlight Mountain Resort has 67 trails covering over 470 acres of terrain and a vertical drop of over 2,000 feet for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The diversity of terrain features everything from cruisers to heart-stopping steeps all at family-friendly prices. Sunlight Mountain 's Extreme challenges all experts. With a pitch of 52 percent, the Heathen is one of the steepest trails in the state. Sunlight is also home to one of the longest trails, Ute, a cruising beginner slope, winding more than two-and-one-half miles from the summit to the base. For boarders, there are two terrain parks. Base facilities house a restaurant, bar, equipment rental, retail shop, snow and board education center, and children’s center. 970-945-7491, 800-445-7931, sunlightmtn.com