Sunday, October 08, 2006

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Glenwood Springs is a beautiful and mountainous region which is also the county seat of Colorado's Garfield County. The city has several municipal and administrative offices such as the Courts, the Garfield County Jail and the Three Rivers Regional Library Service System, with the Colorado Mountain College close by. The city is well located with Aspen 40 minutes to the south, Vail 45 minutes to the east and Grand Junction 90 minutes west.

The city is unique due to its location at the confluence of two of the regions main rivers, the Colorado and the Roaring Fork Rivers. When the stop at Glenwood Springs on the railroad opened in 1887 and the Glenwood railway station called the 'Depot' opened 1904, the city became a popular stop for both tourists and commerce activities.

I remember visiting Glenwood Springs on my cross country trip across the US one summer when I was in college. I traveled from Washington DC to San Francisco on Amtrak with a change at Chicago, where I boarded the famous California Zephyr train, with its dome roofs, lounge cars with sofa's facing the windows. I clearly remember Glenwood Springs as the track goes along the Colorado River with Interstate 70 across the river. The Glenwood Canyon is incredible and awe inspiring to see in person.

The city has had its share of interesting residents and characters associated with it. Doc Holliday, the infamous gunslinger and legend is buried there and the city was President Teddy Roosevelt's favorite, who liked to stay at the Colorado Hotel and the waters of the Yampa Hot Springs, which is one of the largest outdoor pools in the world.

Glenwood Springs is a great place for history, nature, relaxation at the hot springs and sporting activities. For more detailed information on the city, have a look at this site on Glenwood Springs and also check the Roaring Fork Wiki site for other information on the area.

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