Glenwood Springs, CO

In 1885 this city was incorporated 9 years after the state of Colorado became a state in the USA.  The Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River meet here in this city. This city is probably best known for hot springs as a destination for vacationers.

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A long time ago the city of Glenwood Springs was known as Defiance, yes Defiance. In 1883, it was established and it was basically a camp of tents, saloons, and some brothels. It also featured some cabins and was populated with gamblers and gunslingers.

President Teddy Roosevelt spent an entire summer vacation there living in the Hotel Colorado. Ted Bundy, the infamous serial killer, was imprisoned there and he escaped and they didn’t know it for 17 hours. (hope they got better)

Doc Holliday

The legend from the O.K. Corral gunfight lived the last years of his life there and is buried there.  He started out as a dentist, yes he started out in dental work.  He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and later died of that.

Some Facts

  • Population
    • 9,614
  • Area
    • 5.85 sq mi
  • Elevation
    • 5.761 ft

Things to do

  • Hot Springs
  • Skiing
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Paragliding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Golfing
  • Disc Golfing
  • Downtown market
  • Glenwood Caverns
    • An Adventure Park

Overview of the city

It is a nice little town, everything is close by, except for skiing, it is a way up there. But You have to go places to ski that is up in the mountains to get some good skiing in. I really liked my time there.