Road Trip 2008 - Day Four: Estes Park to Glenwood Springs, Colorado

I had originally intended to leave Estes Park via Trail Ridge Road (CO-34) which traverses through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park and reaches the impressive elevation of 12,000 foot. But following the weather of the day before, the road was closed due to snow. So we headed due South through the mountains via CO-72 and CO-119 and finally reached I-70 which we took West to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The drive was beautiful and the final stretch through Glenwood Canyon was perhaps the most outstanding view (from the driver's seat) of the entire trip.

The trip from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs was a relatively mere 4.5 hours and 200 miles. In Glenwood Springs, we stayed at the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge which boasts "the World's Largest Hot Springs Pool". And indeed it was HUGE and HOT. The hotel itself left a little to be desired, but we were hardly there anyway. We were lounging down at the hot springs until we both were shriveled, prune-like and very, very relaxed.

The hot springs are divided into two pools. The larger is 450 feet long by 100 feet wide and is kept at a temperature of 90 degrees. The smaller, hotter pool is 100 feet by 100 feet with a temperature of 104 degrees. The water is mineral-rich and comes from the Yampah Spring (also on the hotel grounds) which the Ute Indians named meaning "big medicine". The springs are open year round and undoubtedly offers some stunning views in the midst of winter.

Perhaps this was akin to taking a detour to see the world's largest yarn ball or the world's oldest fossilized tree stump, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

The road through Glenwood Canyon.

Glenwood Hot Springs

Onward to Day Five: Glenwood Springs, Colorado to Taos, New Mexico

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