Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood to host grand opening Saturday |

Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood to host grand opening Saturday

Staff report
Debbie Pain, from Silt, swims with granddaughter April Carter in the big pool. They came to the hot springs today because April loves to swim. To make sure kids are as safe as possible, a lifeguard is on duty at the big pool all the time.
Colleen O’Neil / Post Independent |

If You Go...

What: Iron Mountain Hot Springs Grand Opening

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Iron Mountain Hot Springs, 281 Centennial Street, Glenwood Springs

How Much: First 50 guests pay 25 cents; $25 for adults, $15 for kids 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. is $15 for adults and $9 for kids. Discounts available for seniors 65 and older, AAA members and military

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday.

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free coffee and Sweet Coloradough doughnuts. As a tribute to the site’s history as a hot springs destination, the first 50 guests to arrive and check in at the coffee table out front that morning will pay just 25 cents to enter. That’s what it cost for a soak when Sheriff Bob Ware operated the West Glenwood Health Spa in 1896. The fun continues throughout the day with 25-cent ice cream cones, giveaways and drawings for prizes.

“The response since our soft opening last month has been overwhelmingly positive,” co-owner Steve Beckley said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we’ve worked to finish the landscaping and put the final touches on the property. It certainly looks a lot different now than a couple of weeks ago. For the people who’ve already visited, we appreciate it so much and hope they’ll come back to see how much our team has accomplished. For those who haven’t, the grand-opening day will be a great time to do so. They might get in for a quarter or win some prizes.”

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which held its soft opening July 18, is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Labor Day weekend, and then offseason hours will begin. Admission is $25 per adult, $15 for children 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. An evening soak from 8 to 10 p.m. is available for $15 for adults and $9 for children. Discounts are available for seniors ages 65 and older, AAA members and military.

Through August, local residents from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to Rifle and areas in between can save $5 with a coupon from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent or Aspen Daily News; an ID with the appropriate ZIP code is required. Annual pass sales begin after Labor Day; pricing will be announced at the grand opening.

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers 16 mineral hot springs soaking pools and a freshwater family pool with a jetted spa. The family pool is heated to around 93 degrees, while the smaller, elevated whirlpool spa offers a perfect soaking temperature of approximately 102 degrees. Parents can enjoy relaxing in the warmer water while watching their children below.

Sixteen smaller, naturally shaped pools are filled with thermal mineral waters that range from 98 to 108 degrees. Two of the soaking pools have pebbles on the bottom so that guests can massage their feet on the smooth stones. Another is standing height with views over the Colorado River.

“Providing a variety of soaking experiences is really important to us,” co-owner Mogli Cooper said in a statement. “Each of the soaking pools is a little different from the next. The temperatures and the views vary. If you want to settle in for a peaceful soak in a small pool, you can do that here. We’ll even bring you a drink so that you don’t have to get out. If you want to bring the kids and play in the larger family pool, you can do that, too. You can tailor your visit depending on your mood.”

In addition to the pools, the Iron Mountain Hot Springs features a lodge-style bathhouse where guests can buy passes and gift vouchers, shop and prepare for their soak in well-appointed locker rooms. Separate, accessible changing rooms for families are available to make visits with children easier. Free water and bottle-filling stations are available near the family changing rooms. The retail shop offers swimwear, sunscreen and pool accessories; lotions, body wash and other personal-care items; specialty soaps and candles; shirts; hats; ornaments and candies. Many of the items are made in Colorado, including some from in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The on-site Sopris Cafe is located next to the family pool and offers drinks, snacks, meals and desserts. The menu includes breakfast pastries and croissants, salads, wraps, sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream, smoothies, specialty coffees, soft drinks, beer, wine and mixed drinks. Friendly wait staff provide poolside service, as well.

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs is located at 281 Centennial St., just off Devereux Road and across from Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. More information is available at IronMountain or by calling 970-945-4766.