23 Sep Amtrak: Take the Express Train to Hot Springs Relaxation
Take Amtrak from Denver to Glenwood Springs for a geothermal fall getaway that includes soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, the town’s only riverside hot springs.
If spending an autumn afternoon soaking in the mineral-rich waters at Iron Mountain Hot Springs sounds like just the ticket for a tranquil getaway, make plans to visit this fall. For a truly relaxing and romantic mini-break, roll into Glenwood Springs in style—aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr.
Ride to Relaxation
Instead of stressing about traffic, you’ll be traveling aboard one of the most scenic rail routes in all of North America. Departing Denver’s Union Station, you’ll climb through the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Travel highlights include Moffat Tunnel, the Gore Range, Winter Park and Glenwood Canyon. In addition to spectacular vistas, train travelers can also enjoy onboard amenities including snacks and adult beverages while en-route to their destination.
Sky High Views
While Glenwood Canyon is currently under construction and down to two-lane traffic from Hanging Lake into Glenwood Springs, you’ll have the luxury of chugging past it all. Amtrak’s California Zephyr allows you to witness views that would be impossible to see if you were driving. For those interested in the damage caused by the recent Grizzly Creek Fire, you can get a good look at that as well. Except for the area around Grizzly Creek where the fire originated, and the topmost ridgelines, much of the beauty of Glenwood Canyon remains intact thanks to the dedication of countless firefighters.
Next Stop Glenwood Springs
After leaving Glenwood Canyon behind, you’ll arrive at the historic train depot located in the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs. Hotels and accommodations are abundant, many within walking distance of the depot. Depending on where you stay, your hotel may offer a shuttle service, otherwise, Glenwood’s taxi company can drop you at your hotel. This area of town is also a hub for dining at restaurants with a low-key, welcoming, mountain-town vibe.
Soak Away Stress
Some say it’s the minerals in the water, for others it’s the proximity to the river; it could be the soothing spa music or the fact that you have no place else to be, but soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs is deeply, truly, authentically relaxing. To ensure the best possible visit, pre-book your 2-1/2-hour soaking reservation online and follow COVID guidelines on arrival. Otherwise, fully enjoy your time by trying all 16 soaking pools; cool off in the freshwater family pool, and grab a snack and the beverage of your choice at the Sand Bar.
Enjoy Greater Glenwood
Even with soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs at the top of your list of things to do in Glenwood Springs, be sure to explore further afield while you’re in town. Fun fall activities include renting a bike and cycling on the Rio Grande Trail, taking a quick hike to Doc Holliday’s Grave or a longer one up Red Mountain; in the evening, plan to attend a hilarious comedy show at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review.
Quick Start Guide to Getting Here, Getting Around & Getting Settled
Use this helpful travel information to make plans to travel by train and book your visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs this fall.
- Amtrak. Beginning the week of Oct. 5, 2020, Amtrak’s California Zephyr will begin tri-weekly service between Denver and Glenwood Springs. The westbound #5 train will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, the eastbound #6 train on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The westbound train departs Union Station at 8:05 a.m. and arrives in Glenwood Springs at 1:46 p.m. The eastbound train leaves Glenwood Springs at 12:10 p.m. and arrives in Denver at 6:38 p.m.
- In town Transportation. Valley Taxi and bus services including RFTA and Ride Glenwood Springs can give you a lift in town and throughout the area.
- Glenwood Springs Lodging. Be sure to check out Iron Mountain Hot Springs’ lodging partners for accommodations discounts and deals that we’ve brokered especially for you.
- Blissful Soaking. Make your reservation to soak and relax at Iron Mountain Hot Springs today!