Frontier Historical Society and Museum | Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Frontier Historical Society & Museum

Glenwood Springs History

Exhibits at the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum showcase what life was once like for residents and visitors in Glenwood Springs. Wander through a replica of a typical pioneer household; discover more about ranching and mining in the area; learn about the Ute Indians and their connection to the region. In time, as the hot springs were developed, Glenwood Springs became a place for the world’s privileged class and attracted a diverse array of characters that included entrepreneurs, presidents, outlaws, gangsters, movie stars and more.

Glenwood Springs Historical Society & Frontier Museum

During the summer months visitors can sign up for guided walking tours; on these “Hidden History Tours,” guides regale visitors with colorful stories of Glenwood’s past. The Frontier Historical Society also offers self-guided walking tour pamphlets; a map and accompanying text take visitors through Glenwood’s western history while strolling through the downtown core and surrounding neighborhoods. Be sure to leave time to hike to Linwood “Pioneer” Cemetery where outlaws John “Doc” Holliday and Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan are both buried.

During the month of October, the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum hosts its annual Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery when the ghosts of Glenwood’s past return for a few evenings of entertainment and education. The Ghost Walk is family friendly, and while a spirited air of spookiness surrounds the event, the “ghosts” are portrayed by actors who bring a magical quality to each performance. They also impart interesting historical anecdotes about what it was like to live in Glenwood Springs in the late 1880s to early 1900s.

Explore all the things to do in Glenwood Springs; there is something for everyone and a new adventure to be had every day!

Contact Information: 

Frontier Historical Museum
1001 Colorado Avenue
Glenwood Springs, Colorado


Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change, please call ahead to ensure availability.