Ghost in Rocky Mountain Town of Glenwood Springs
Hotel Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain town of Glenwood Springs, is a historic destination with fine amenities, legendary thermal spa treatments, and ghosts of the past.
Famous for healing hot springs and medicinal thermal waters, Glenwood Springs, CO is nestled in the great Rocky Mountain Range in Colorado.
Glenwood Springs was known as a healing area since before recorded history. The Yampeh Vapor Caves are three natural underground hot water steam baths that were first discovered by the Ute Indians. the Ute Indians considered the underground rock chambers a sacred place for healing, purification and rejuvenation.
Set along the Colorado River, with 50 hot springs on both sides of the river the area became well-known for the healing benefits of the therapeutic alkaline water. The healing waters and caves drew visitors and were the main reason for the settlement of this mountain community.
Victorian era Glenwood Springs was known worldwide as the “Spa in the Rockies”, attracting the rich and famous for health and beauty treatments in the magnificent Rocky Mountain Range.
The world-famous Hot Springs Lodge and Pool is in the center of town. The amazing Hot Springs Pool is the world’s largest man-made outdoor mineral hot-springs swimming pool. The pool water changes constantly. as springs feeding it flows through the three-block-long pool.
Strange occurrences have been reported by guests and employees. Ghostly phenomena is particularly active in the early morning hours of 2-4 am. Ghostly happenings that could indicate haunting include:
An elevator that moves up and down without passengers for no apparent reason.
Mysterious smells are detected, without apparent cause, including the smell of cigar smoke and the fragrance of the perfume.
A young girl dressed in Victorian clothing has been spotted playing with a ball in the hotel.
A female apparition watchfully peers over the heads of sleeping men.
During World War II the hotel did duty as a naval hospital. Around this time a chambermaid was caught in a lover’s triangle and murdered. People have reported hearing her screams in the area of the hotel that she died in.
Hotel Colorado is a Grand Destination
The American West was an exciting place to be in 1893 when Hotel Colorado opened. The originator of the mountain hotel was Walther Devereux, who spared no expense in building a grand hotel.
The picturesque hotel, situated in a scene of majestic Rocky Mountain beauty, drew society’s elite. Health benefits of the natural hot springs brought the sick and ailing, hoping to regain strength and vitality with the legendary thermal waters.
Legendary Guests, Presidents and the Teddy Bear
The historic hotel has entertained many colorful personalities over the years, including gunslingers, legends, gangsters, and the elite of society. Many United States Presidents have slept at the Hotel Colorado. Visiting Presidents have included President William Howard Taft and President Theodore Roosevelt.
One of the world’s most popular toys, the Teddy Bear, was created at Hotel Colorado. According to legend, it was here that the teddy bear craze started. The maids presented visiting President Teddy Roosevelt with a stuffed bear made with scraps of fine material. His daughter named it “Teddy” The term caught on and a new toy was invented.
Hotel Colorado Today
Today Hotel Colorado features modern amenities including La Provence Spa, a 24-hour fitness center, ski shops, skating, and more. Fine dining is featured at Baron’s Restaurant.
Glenwood Springs is situated at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and mighty Colorado, Natural wonders that draw visitors include the world’s largest hot springs swimming pool and Yampah Vapor Caves. The mountain region is popular in the winter for snow sports such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile tours.
Hotel Colorado is a National Historic Landmark Hotel and Historic Hotel of America, offering the best of the majestic Rocky Mountains. It may be that ghosts don’t want to leave.