Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Takes Top Honors in 2011 Locals’ Choice Awards

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Every year the community of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and neighboring towns in the Roaring Fork Valley up to Aspen, nominate businesses and attractions they think are top notch in a variety of categories. For the first time since opening in 2008, Spa of the Rockies won the prestigious Best Spa designation. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool took the top honor for the Best Place to See and Be Seen.

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and the Spa of the Rockies received three Locals' Choice Awards

We consider it an honor to be selected as outstanding by the people who live in our community; it’s one of the highest achievements we can earn.

The people who live, work and play in a community – the locals – are often the harshest, albeit the best, judges when it comes to what’s special in their particular neck of the woods. Well, the locals have voted in the annual Locals’ Choice Awards sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Topping the list for the first time for Best Spa is the Spa of the Rockies. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool won first place for the Best Place to See and Be Seen for the second consecutive year, and for eight years in a row Glenwood Hot Springs Pool remains a top finisher for Best Attraction.

Glenwood Hot Springs has received many awards and accolades over the years, but we always hold our breath a little when the Locals’ Choice Awards come out. We consider it an honor to be selected as outstanding by the people who live in our community; it’s one of the highest achievements we can earn,” said Avalon Lionheart, Spa of the Rockies Manager.

In 2008, Glenwood Hot Springs converted the landmark sandstone bathhouse into a state-of-the-art health and wellness spa as a complement to its hot springs amenities. Spa of the Rockies is the result – a modern spa in a historic setting that dates back over 120 years. Many original features, such as a fireplace in the couples’ massage room located in the building’s round tower, were either restored or renovated to maintain the historic integrity.

Since opening, the Spa of the Rockies has become known for its professional massage services and specialties, particularly prenatal massage and lymphatic drainage. The Spa is also gaining a reputation for its hydrotherapy treatments, some of which use a Vichy shower, a specialized five-headed shower of French origin that allows the client to lie down during wet treatments such as the Stonecrop Extreme Hydration Body Cocoon and the Grapeseed Body Revitalizer. Private, mineral-rich soaks in claw-footed bathtubs are another popular hydrotherapy choice for spa clientele.

“The Spa of the Rockies is a natural extension of our amazing hot springs resource,” said Lionheart, who explained that the hot springs have long been used for relaxation and rejuvenation. Originally, before it was developed, the hot springs were used for healing by the Ute Indians, who referred to them as “yampah,” which translates to “big medicine.” During Victorian times, the hot springs were part of an exclusive resort catering to this nation’s and Europe’s wealthy. Later it was frequented by the area’s silver miners to sooth their aching muscles, and during WWII, the pool was commandeered by the U.S. Navy as a place for injured soldiers to convalesce.

Today the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is one of Colorado’s most popular destinations and a long-standing favorite place for Glenwood Springs’ natives to convene. Voted Best Place to See and Be Seen, as well as second place for Best Attraction, Glenwood Hot Springs is as much a social club as it is a top visitor destination. Pool Manager and local Brian Passenti, who oversees the pool’s large staff of lifeguards, also won an individual Locals’ Choice award as one of Glenwood Springs’ top athletes. In addition to being a new father, Passenti is a triathlete and coach for the Glenwood Springs High School cross country team.

As a small town where the locals tend to gather in the Therapy Pool rather than at the mall, it’s no doubt Passenti’s award was a topic of conversation. The Therapy Pool is popular place for visiting and catching up on the goings-on around town, especially in the early morning hours just after opening. The smaller of the two pools, the Therapy Pool is the hotter one with temperatures around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The large pool, which is the size of a football field, is kept bathwater warm at about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and is ideal for swimming, diving, splashing and all-around fun for kids and adults.

For an honest answer, when seasoned travelers want to know where to go and what to do, they ask a local. In Glenwood Springs the locals have spoken, and the answer is the Spa of the Rockies and Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

About Glenwood Hot Springs
Glenwood Hot Springs is a landmark Colorado resort located along I-70 at Glenwood Springs, approximately 165 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction. Famous for its enormous hot springs pool, other amenities include the Spa of the Rockies, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge; an athletic club, a restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, a retail store specializing in swimwear, and a miniature golf course open seasonally. For more information, please visit or call 800-537-SWIM (7946) or 970-947-2955. Current press releases, a press kit, photos, and a live web camera are available at

Media Contact:
Ann Denney, Director of Sales and Marketing
Glenwood Hot Springs/Spa of the Rockies
adenney (at) hotspringspool (dot) com
Vicky Nash
Resort Trends, Inc. – media communications for the travel & tourism industry
pr (at) hotspringspool (dot) com

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