FAMILY PORTRAITS GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO
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We provide affordable professional family portrait photography packages and our sessions can be done at home, or on location. Whether you live here in town, or coming here on vacation, family portraits are a great way to preserve your memories. We service the Roaring Fork Valley which includes: Glenwood Spring, Carbondale, El Jebel, Emma, Basalt, Snowmass, and Aspen, CO.
Glenwood Springs sits at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, 180 miles west of Denver. Throughout our history and continuing today, Glenwood Springs is known for its medicinal hot sulfur springs, rich natural history, and scenic beauty that draw tourists from around the world.
WHERE TO STAY IN GLENWOOD
Designed after the Villa de Medici in Italy, the Hotel Colorado was originally a summer destination for affluent tourists. Opened in 1893, the Colorado employed a highly trained staff in its luxurious surroundings to cater to visitors who expected only the best. Over the years, the hotel has played host to presidents, gangsters and movie stars.
Things to do in Glenwood:
Ski, snowboard, snowmobile at Sunlight Mountain
Sunlight is located just 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs, where you can après ski in the world’s largest hot springs pool and still find a room for under $100 a night. And when you book Sunlight’s Ski Swim Stay package, kids 12 and under ski free. You’ll also find plenty of affordable restaurants, many within an easy walk of Glenwood’s historic downtown.
Hot Springs Pool and Bathhouse
With a diversion of the Grand (now Colorado) river in 1886, visionary Walter Devereux sought to develop the natural hot springs bubbling from the ground into a recreational attraction to accommodate the wealthy traveler. The Hot Springs pool officially opened July 4, 1888 and the addition of the beautiful sandstone bathhouse in 1890 completed the picture.
The current Yampah Vapor Cave was actually the third geothermal cave to be opened to the public, but the only one on the north side of the river and specifically intended for use by the wealthy clientele of the Hot Springs Pool and Hotel Colorado. Workers began development of the cave itself in 1892, providing marble benches for seating in this “hygienic Hades.” After completion of the cave building, the facility opened in March of 1896.
Historic Fairy Caves and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
The Fairy Caves Co. was incorporated in 1895 by local attorney, Charles Darrow. By July of 1896, a road up Iron Mountain was constructed to access the caves which were previously reached by a foot trail up the mountain behind the Hotel Colorado. By the summer of 1897, electric wires had been strung up the mountain and throughout the caves, making the Fairy Caves one of the first five electrically lighted caves in the country. In 1900, a tunnel to Exclamation Point was blasted through, creating an incredible view of Glenwood Springs and the Canon of the Grand.
Established in 1886, Linwood contains the graves of the pioneers of Glenwood Springs. Its most infamous resident is Doc Holliday, who died of tuberculosis here in November of 1887. Doc had arrived in May of that year, presumably looking to the hot springs as a cure for his tuberculosis. Harvey Logan, alias “Kid Curry” was also buried in Linwood after committing suicide following a train robbery in 1904 near Parachute. Logan had been, for a while, a member of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid’s gang. Exploring this historic graveyard, with its beautiful and interesting headstones, is not to be missed.
Frontier Historical Museum
Home of Glenwood’s Frontier Historical Society, this 1905 house takes you back in time with artifacts and exhibits on everything from household life, mining, ranching and the Ute Indians to Doc Holliday, Teddy Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody, all of whom spent time in Glenwood Springs. The archives are available for research and the photo collection contains over 5,000 historic images. Pick up a walking tour of downtown historic Glenwood Springs or arrange a guided tour of Linwood Cemetery. Shop the Museum Store for books on Glenwood history, Doc Holliday and much, much more.
Glenwood Railroad Museum
The railroad museum, located in the historic 1904 train depot, focuses on Glenwood’s railroad history. Model railroads and train artifacts tell the story of railroad transportation in Glenwood Springs and throughout Colorado.
Cardiff Coke Ovens
An important part of the mining history of this area, the Cardiff coke ovens (circa 1888) were used to superheat locally-mined coal to remove any impurities. A company town grew up around the ovens, where upwards of 250 people resided. There was a company store, post office and school. Remnants of the coke ovens, on the National Register of Historic Places, can still be seen today.
History-related events: Annual Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery
Held every October, costumed actors portray the pioneers of Glenwood Springs who are buried in the cemetery. Tour guides lead you up the ½ mile trail to the graveyard at night by lantern light. With tickets going on sale October 1st, this fundraiser for the Frontier Historical Society is a sell out every year, so buy your tickets early.
Storm King Fire & Memorial
On July 6, 1994, 14 firefighters perished as a wall of flames swept over them in a matter of seconds. Trapped by steep slopes and dense vegetation, they gave their lives in the line of duty on Storm King Mountain about five miles west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Details: Hiking all the way out to the ridge and the two memorial sites is about 4 miles roundtrip with about 1,300 feet of total elevation gain.
Directions: Take I-70 to exit 109/Canyon Creek. Take the frontage road east about 1 mile to the trailhead.
Hanging Lake – The Gem of Glenwood Canyon
There’s a good reason this is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Colorado. Geologically speaking there are few places in the world that can compare to this marvel of Mother Nature. Hanging Lake is a rare example of a lake formed by travertine deposition where the natural geologic and hydrologic processes continue to operate as they have done throughout the history of the lake. The site is also noteworthy for its thriving hanging garden plant community. Because of these qualities Hanging Lake was designated a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.
While Hanging Lake may be a geologic wonder, its popularity with Colorado travelers has more to do with its awe-inspiring beauty. Suspended on the edge of Glenwood Canyon’s cliffs, the clear turquoise lake and the waterfall that spills into it are a breathtaking sight after the uphill climb. The stocked lake is teeming with native trout, but don’t think about bringing fishing gear or even your dog, both are strictly prohibited on this hike. Instead, bring your camera to capture memories of this photogenic site.
The Hanging Lake trailhead is located approximately 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs along Interstate-70 on exit 125 in Glenwood Canyon. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, with foot bridges spanning the creek along the way. If the trail seems a little rigorous, hikers can take a break at one of many convenient rest spots. Near the top, the trail becomes rocky and steep, but handrails help guide visitors to the boardwalk that frames a portion of the lake. Since you made the trek to Hanging Lake, be sure to follow the signs the short distance to Spouting Rock, where icy water from snowmelt high atop the Flat Tops barrels through a narrow hole in the limestone rock, spraying hikers with an invigorating mist of cold water.
Though the trail is only a little over a mile long, it is steep and rocky in places. Hikers are advised to bring adequate hydration and wear sturdy shoes. Because the trail is so popular, parking can be a challenge during the peak summer weekends.
Grizzly Creek Hike
Grizzly Creek Trail – Named in 1881 by the man who killed the largest grizzly bear in Colorado, Grizzly Creek Trail is still full of wildlife, though these days it’s mostly songbirds, butterflies, mule deer and squirrels. With plenty of places to dip toes in the icy mountain stream, this shady hike is ideal for a picnic on summer’s hottest days. To reach the trail, head east on Interstate-70 through Glenwood Canyon to the Grizzly Creek Rest Area and park in the upper lot where the trail begins