Hot Spring LbNA # 22653
|Placed Date||May 30 2006|
|Location||Glenwood Springs, CO|
7/26/2008: Box replaced and ready for finders with original stamp and new logbook.
This box was out of commission for nearly **11 months** because someone took the stamp home with them and I couldn't get back to return it for 8 months, only to then find the logbook completely soaked, which took another few months to get back over there to replace.
Maybe this time it'll stick around for a long time if finders are super respectful of my box. This box is at least a 6-hour round trip drive for me, weather permitting to check up on. Online updates really appreciated.
The Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs claims the title of World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool. The pool is over three blocks long and the natural spring which supplies its daily flow of 3,500,000 gallons of 122F water is called the Yampah spring. Water percolates through fractures in the bedrock formation and into the Leadville aquifer. As this occurs the water is heated by the geothermal gradient in the area. The source of water for the spring is from south of the Colorado River in the Lookout Mountain and Grand Hogback areas.
Exit I-70 at exit #116 to the town of Glenwood Springs, then head north (same side of highway as the pool) and turn left on 6th Street. This street will shortly turn into West 6th Street, and about when you need to turn up the hill, it will change names yet again and become Highway 6.
After turning left (west) onto 6th Street from I-70, look for the Tramway wires overhead and its lower green station on your left. A parking lot under a cliff will be on your right.
Immediately BEFORE the green tramway building on your LEFT, but immediately AFTER the parking lot on the RIGHT you need to turn right and go up the hill on “Travel Trail.”
At 0.3 miles up the hill you’ll come to a curve in the road and signage for “Transfer Trail.” Park here.
By foot take the gravel road that heads SE (or back in the direction of how you drove up the hill) until you get to a brown gate. Cross through or around the gate and head to the top of the hill and the wonderful view of the valley below. That’s Mount Sopris up ahead. Note the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and Colorado River just below. The Hot Springs Pool and Lodge are to the left (east).
Now head towards the old mine ruins you can see from here.
Please remember that mines are dangerous places and you should never enter old structures or mine shafts or hike on often unstable mine tailings (like the hillside behind the mine.)
Just past the mine you’ll come to a T junction. Go right (east) until this road ends a short distance up ahead. We saw a marmot in this area when looking for a place to put this box. If you look around, you might too.
From where this gravel road ends, look at about 40 degrees for a very large flat boulder about 8 feet up the hill. Look under the corner facing you, or the downhill, SW corner for your prize.
Please remember to rehide this rather large box well, completely hidden from view.
The drive to where you’ll park is less than 1 mile each way from I-70. The walk is about 10-15 minutes each way up a slight hill. Kid and dog friendly. Though bikes and strollers could probably make it, I’m not recommending it, especially since the gate is locked (and which has no prohibitions about going further!)
After you’ve done this quick hike, head down hill to take a soak in the hot spring! You’ll find all the information you need for your visit on the hot link above or at
Hand made stamp and logbook, pen but no ink.
Since I’m not local, I’d really appreciate status updates on how this box is doing.