Glenwood Springs: A go-to geothermal wellness destination

Spa treatmentsFor the ultimate in relaxation, wellness travellers can count on the therapeutic effects of touch therapies at spas in Glenwood Springs. The town is home to the award-winning Spa of the Rockies at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, which has cultivated a loyal following for its upscale setting in the resort’s historic red sandstone bathhouse and its diverse menu of services. Tried-and-true feel-good treatments include Swedish, deep tissue and warm stone massage. For something a little different, try indigenous-inspired spa packages at the Spa of the Rockies, immersive Watsu therapy at Splendor Mountain Spa or a slimming European Body Wrap at Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves.Forest bathingOriginating from Japan, forest bathing is growing in popularity with those wanting to experience the regenerative powers of nature. The practice consists of simply being present in nature surrounded by trees and passively accepting its sensory input: natural beauty, birdsong, fresh air and the sound of running water. The benefits of forest bathing include reduced stress, improved mood, more creativity, lower blood pressure and faster healing after illness. With the exception of Hanging Lake, due to its popularity and off-limits lake policy, there are a multitude of nearby trails, riverside spots and high alpine locations where visitors can easily find a quiet, wooded place to meditate, walk barefoot, dip toes in a stream, practice yoga or even take a nap al fresco. Wherever you go to commune with nature, remember to always be respectful of your surroundings and follow the Care for Colorado Principles.With wellness travel on the rise, make plans today to Visit Glenwood Springs, established more than a century ago as a destination for health and healing in Colorado.