Glenwood Springs: Your Overnight Stay
It would be hard to find a more beautiful setting than Glenwood Springs where the Roaring Fork River meets the Colorado, mountains rise up in every direction and the largest hot springs pool in the world waits to welcome you to its healing, soothing waters.
This is where you’ll spend the night at the end of your first day on the Rockies to Red Rocks train between Denver and Moab. If you’re coming from Denver, you’ll arrive in Glenwood Springs about 5:00 PM, just in time for dinner and a soak in the pool before turning in for the night.
If you’re coming from Moab, you’ll arrive about 7:00 PM, enough time to check into your hotel, don your bathing suit and take advantage of the half price admissions at the pool from 8:00 PM on. The pool closes at 9:00 PM.
If you want a quieter, more private hot springs experience, consider Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Iron Mountain has 16 soaking pools filled with mineral water ranging in temperature from 98 to 108. All pools are within a quiet zone so you can relax and unwind.
There is also a larger family pool where both kids (5 & older) and adults are welcome. Iron Mountain is open daily from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Reservations are advised.
Besides the hot springs, Glenwood Springs has excellent hotels. You’ll be staying at one of these:
The Hotel Denver is across the street from the train station. The Hotel Colorado and Glenwood Springs Lodge are just across the bridge from the train station, about a 10 minute walk. Your luggage will be delivered to your hotel and picked up the next morning.