All in the Family: Multi-Generational R&R

Kids having fun in the family pool

All in the Family: Multi-Generational R&R

A top travel trend for 2020, more families are embracing multi-generational travel as an opportunity to vacation together. With its variety of soaking pools and gorgeous outdoor setting, Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is a family favorite for all ages.

For generations families have gotten together to celebrate major holidays, gathering for the yearly biggies like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Increasingly, however, the trend has shifted from convening at grandma’s house to meeting up in a vacation destination. The key to a successful multi-generational trip that keeps everyone smiling from arrival to departure is selecting a location with varying levels of engagement for recreation and relaxation.

Pools for serene soaking & friendly splashing

Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is ideal for extended families who want to spend time together. Sixteen soaking pools with a spa vibe, a family pool for splashing and generation-friendly changing rooms set the scene for a cheerful familial outing. Kids can play, swim and make waves in the freshwater family pool while mom and dad relax in the attached and elevated jetted spa that doubles as the perfect place to keep an eye on youngsters below. Meanwhile, grandparents canSeniors enjoy a soothing hot springs soak soak in the thermal pools and take in the views of the Colorado River valley. Everyone can meet at the Sopris Café for a casual lunch and refreshments. Switch it up throughout the day by rearranging the groupings for everyone’s maximum enjoyment. As you’re planning your trip to Iron Mountain Hot Springs, especially over holiday times, consider a weekday visit when it’s typically less busy.

Thoughtful Amenities for Families

Iron Mountain Hot Springs is ADA compliant, but more than that, the hot spring property hopes all visitors find its facilities welcoming to every age whether you’re 5 or 95. The bathhouse is loaded with added-value elements including free lockers—no need to bring a pocket-full of quarters here. There are changing rooms for men, women and for those who need a little extra help or privacy. Family changing rooms are spacious and fitted with bathroom and shower facilities. Complimentary shampoo and conditioner mean you don’t have to lug along those items either. In the pool area, heated walkways ensure snow-free walking outdoors and transfer rails at pools provide stability and reassurance to mobility-limited guests as they enter and exit the water.

A Destination that Bridges the Generations

Multi-generation travel includes activities for every member of the familyIn addition to being the home of Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs offers a broad spectrum of opportunities for extended families to share experiences, have a blast and make memories together. The best activities to connect as a group are those that can be scaled—calm to crazy—depending on a group’s interests and abilities. For instance, summer rafting trips range in intensity from mild float trips to negotiating wild rapids. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers thrills like the Giant Canyon Swing and Haunted Mine Drop, as well as mellower adventures—the Glenwood Gondola, cave tours, scenic viewing and musical entertainment. In winter months, visitors to Sunlight Mountain Resort can ski and snowboard, but there’s also snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling tours. Another fun outing that’s also a challenge for all is the Glenwood Escape Room where groups have to puzzle their way out of a locked room.

Experiences that can be enjoyed separately or in smaller groups can also strike a chord with multi-generational travelers. Part of the group can break away for a round of golf, a massage or an afternoon of shopping, while the rest of the group engages in other activities like hiking, biking or paragliding. Groups can meet up later in the day for dinner. Glenwood Springs also offers visitors an abundance of dining options sure to accommodate everyone’s tastes and with an inventory of over 1,500 rooms, lodging choices abound as well.

Strengthen Family Bonds

Traveling together and sharing new experiences creates closer connections and lasting memories for every member of the family. Learn more today and make your multi-generational plans to visit Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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Karin Gamba

Karin Gamba has been writing professionally for the travel and tourism markets for nearly two decades. She has promoted a wide array of travel products that include destination towns, vacation resorts, golf courses, ski areas, spas, hotels, restaurants and countless visitor attractions. Karin especially loves writing about her hometown of Glenwood Springs.