Iron Mountain Hot Springs is a resort set beautifully on a bend of the Colorado River, surrounded by stunning hillside views, and offering a multitude of hot mineral soaking pools, tubs and a jetted spa – and if you’re over 21, you can enjoy a beer while you soak, something of a rarity in the commercial soaking world! Iron Mountain’s motto is “Relax, Restore, Rejuvenate,” and we have no doubt you will!
What To Expect
There are more than 16 soaking experiences to enjoy at Iron Mountain Hot Springs – freeform pools of varying size, shape, and temperature (99 – 108°F), from the gemstone pools, pools spouting fountains of water to massage your neck and back, a cold plunge, and a freshwater family pool with a bonus whirlpool spa with jets, to the world experience zone where you can try out the minerals of Japan, New Zealand and more. Two of the pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs are ADA compliant for the less mobile.
|Address||281 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, Colorado|
|Location||Glenwood Springs, Colorado|
|Open||9am – 10pm daily|
|Road Access||Easy. All vehicles|
|Water Temperature||99°F – 108°F|
|Admission||$36+ for 3 hours, $100+ for Day Pass|
Choose a Legacy Access to enjoy 16 natural geothermal hot springs with 14 different minerals, top of the list being iron, sulfates, chloride, sodium and calcium, or a Legacy + World Springs Access (additional charge), where you can add soaks in 10 pools that mimic the world renowned mineral waters of France, Turkey, South Korea, Iceland, Romania, Japan, Italy, Australia, Bali and New Zealand. Note – the World Springs pools, while boasting water just as beneficial to your skin, are openly “freshwater with added minerals,” not fresh, out-of-the-ground springs as the 16 Legacy pools are.
In addition, there’s a large family pool of chlorinated water to swim in when you want a playful break from all that mineral goodness.
The pools are connected by concrete pathways which are naturally heated to melt the snow and ice in winter.
What we like is the fact the pools are labeled with the temperatures and mineral levels, so you know exactly what to expect. We also like the wrought iron trees for hanging your towels on, and the little informative signs around the garden too, explaining the benefits of various minerals. And as it’s riverside, all the pools direct you to a fabulous view of nature, as do the lounge chairs, of which there are plenty to relax on between soaks!
We recommend trying to book a slot around sunset (if you don’t want to go for a Day Pass) as the colors are just incredible, though be aware that many others know this too, so it might be busier, especially on the weekend.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs has changing rooms with lockers, and showers which are well maintained and well stocked with toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and body wash). You get one towel with your entrance ticket, and can purchase another if you need it, for around $3. Other bathing supplies are also available for a cost, including footwear, robes, etc.
For $10 more, there is an area for 21+ guests, which has its own bar and food court.
Because entry and exit is timed (you book your desired time in advance – early arrival will see you charged additional dollars), the site rarely feels excessively busy, certainly not noisy, and while you might end up sharing your pools with other guests, you’re unlikely to feel crowded in.
Hungry? Head over to the Sandbar cafe, or choose the Sopris Café, named after legendary Colorado statesman Richard Sopris, with its menu of pizza, wraps and salads (we recommend the cheese tray!) and a fine selection of beers and wines. Note that you cannot bring your own food or drink, but you can bring a bottle which you can refill with water on-site.
There’s a small gift shop selling swimwear, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, as well as Iron Mountain branded goods and unique gifts created by local Colorado vendors.
- 3-hour soak (access to limited pools) $36 – $48
- All-day soak (unlimited access to all pools) $100 – $150
Do read the resort rules before you go to ensure a pleasant and comfortable experience for all.
How To Get There
Take the I-70 W all the way to Glenwood Springs, 158 miles (2 hours 50 minutes) away. At Glenwood Springs, take Exit 116 onto the CO-82 (N. River Street), then hang a left onto E 6th Street and follow this through the town, round the roundabout and along W 6th Street. When you see the Hampton Inn, turn left onto Devereux Road and cross over the I-70. Turn right onto Centennial Street before crossing the Colorado River – Iron Mountain Hot Springs is at the end of the road.
Can I Stay There?
There is no accommodation on site at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The nearest best options are the Hotel Colorado and Hotel Denver, or you can pick from the list of hotel options in Glenwood Springs.
What Else Can I Do Near Iron Mountain Hot Springs?
Go Skiing at the Aspen and Vail ski resorts, or pay a visit to Hanging Lake in the White River National Forest. There are plenty of hiking, biking and climbing opportunities in the stunning surrounding wilderness, and you simply must try rafting and kayaking on the Colorado River.
Alternatively, head out for some family fun at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, or go to the Frontier Historical Museum at Glenwood Springs for a peek into local history.
There are also plenty more hot spring soaks near Glenwood Springs to be had, just a drop in the ocean of the numerous hot springs on offer throughout the state of Colorado. Whether you want free and in-the-wild or crisp, controlled and commercial hot springs resorts, you’ll be sure to find a soak to suit.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs has everything you need for complete mineral relaxation and rejuvenation – grab yourself a three-hour slot and spend it soaking, swimming, or sipping a cocktail and admiring the river view.
While we at Traxplorio do our very best to give you the latest information about these hot springs sites, life happens, weather happens, property owners happen. We always recommend you go to the official hot springs’ web page and/or the relevant state authority page to check conditions, times and prices (where relevant) before you head out. Thanks for understanding, and enjoy your soak!