Glenwood Hot Springs Resort — the 130-year old historic geothermal attraction in Glenwood Springs, Colorado — embarks on a major renovation project that includes a new adventure river, interactive water features and more.
Glenwood Springs, Colo (January 2019)
The world’s largest hot springs pool is getting a large-scale makeover that will update and transform the look of the premier geothermal resort for years to come. Construction is underway at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort for an extensive, multi-million-dollar renovation to the west end of its property. The resort is adding new aquatic features, replacing the former waterslides, kiddie pool and miniature golf course with an all-new updated and integrated water park.
The main attraction will be an Adventure River with plenty of twists, turns and refreshing surprises along the way, lasting a little over three minutes in duration.
“The new Adventure River is a custom-designed tube ride in keeping with the family-oriented Colorado outdoor experience,” Glenwood Hot Springs CEO and President Kjell Mitchell said.
The attraction is a novelty among geothermal destinations in that it will offer visitors a high-quality theme park ride experience at a hot springs resort. Riders will get the sense that they are floating down a mountain creek in Colorado—complete with lush landscaping, cascading tiers and boulder features.
In addition to the Adventure River, there will be a children’s play area with mini water slides, interactive water features, shallow play areas for youngsters and shade structures for sun protection. According to the Pool’s COO and Vice President, John Bosco,
“This addition serves a key niche to offer an expanded experience for those wanting extensive play opportunities beyond the current 1978 vintage kiddie pool.”
Included in the plans is a water feature that acts as a kid-friendly splash pad by day. After the children’s area closes for the night, it becomes a lighted fountain that can be seen by pool-goers and Glenwood Springs visitors strolling across the pedestrian bridge.
“We are always seeking ways to elevate the guest experience. This latest renovation will provide yet another opportunity for guests to have fun, smile and create lasting memories at the resort,” Mitchell said. “By moving all kid-related activities to the west, our plan is to create delineated active and passive areas. As we develop future phases, the east end will specialize in an adult-oriented environment that appeals to relaxation and rejuvenation.”
Mitchell estimates completion by July 2019. The expansion also targets improving guest comfort with new restroom facilities conveniently located at the west end of the resort.
The planning and design process for the new aquatic park and associated features has been in the works for two years.
The goal has been to create customized attractions that appeal to today’s traveler, fit the historic setting and complement the geothermal springs. Glenwood Hot Springs management staff has been consulting with two firms specializing in hot springs and aquatic park design: DHM Design in Carbondale, Colo. and Cloward H2O based in Provo, Utah.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort – New Aquatics Features
About Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is an historic Colorado landmark resort located along Interstate 70 at Glenwood Springs, approximately 165 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver and 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction. Famous for its enormous hot springs pools, other amenities include the Spa of the Rockies, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, an athletic club, a poolside restaurant and a retail store specializing in swimwear. For a press kit, press releases, photos and a live web camera, please visit hotspringspool.com/misc/press-room.
John Bosco, COO & Vice President
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
Vicky Nash, President/CEO
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