Love: Ruby & Romance at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Love: Ruby & Romance at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Like all of the soaking pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, our heart-shaped pool named Ruby is a gem. During the month of Valentine’s Day we’re showcasing this charmer and a few other ideas to foster affection in Glenwood Springs.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs is a romantic Colorado destination. Its 16 steamy thermal springs soaking pools vary in size, shape and temperature. One that’s a favorite, especially among couples, is Ruby our heart-shaped pool.

The shape of love

Ruby is one of the first pools you’ll encounter when you exit the bathhouse.  It’s situated, along with Mother Lode, Moonstone and Turquoise, on the uppermost level of the terraced hillside that overlooks the Colorado River.  Like the water in all the soaking pools, Ruby is filled with 100 percent pure thermal spring water for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating soak. Each of Iron Mountain’s 16 pools has a distinct form; Ruby is designed in the shape of a heart which has turned out to be a hit with guests.

Indeed, the pool is a favorite spot for couples to take snapshots as a keepsake of their visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs. To photograph a lovely moment in this special pool, we recommend coming early in the day or during the week when attendance is lower and the odds of getting the perfect shot of just the two of you increases dramatically. Another word of advice for couples, always remember to be respectful of other pool-goers by keeping public displays of affection to a minimum.

More couple time in Glenwood Springs

While soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs is a supremely romantic way to spend a few hours, we recommend keeping that loving feeling going with these other coupley things-to-do in Glenwood Springs:

  • Take a stroll. Glenwood Springs is the ultimate walkable town. Take a leisurely hand-in-hand stroll across the pedestrian bridge which spans the Colorado River and offers views of downtown’s many sights and attractions. Up for a little more exertion? Hike to Doc Holliday’s grave—Glenwood’s most famous former resident or summit Red Mountain for breathtaking panoramas of the Roaring Fork Valley all the way to Aspen.
  • Plan a memorable dinner out. There are so many wonderful places to eat dinner in Glenwood Springs. Explore Glenwood’s dining scene — a delicious panoply of palate-pleasing restaurants that range from brewpubs and cafes and casual to upscale. Here’s a shortlist to get you started: CO Ranch House, the Riviera Supper Club & Wine Bar, the Pullman, Baron’s at the Hotel Colorado, Brava Modern Trattoria and River’s Restaurant.
  • Listen to live music. Sip a glass of wine, sample a craft beer or enjoy a favorite cocktail while you listen to live entertainment. There’s a venue for every musical taste. The Riviera Supper Club & Wine Bar plays show tunes and pop hits while you dine, the Glenwood Brew Garden regularly hosts open mic nights and bands; classical guitarist Rodrigo Arreguin plays weekends year-round at the Hotel Colorado, local bands highlight a variety of genres at River’s and the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue brings in musicians for special events in addition to their regular comedy show.  For more music, offered seasonally in Glenwood Springs check out Music on the Mountain and Friday Afternoon Club at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the six-week series Summer of Music.

Gems are precious, but they aren’t’ just for jewelry, experience our heart-shaped Ruby soaking pool with your special someone and get romantic in Glenwood Springs. Learn more about Iron Mountain Hot Springs at

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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.

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