After we got settled in our room, we headed to Glenwood’s new hot springs pool(s), Iron Mountain Hot Springs. We chose to buy combo tickets for the hot springs and Glenwood Adventure Park tram ride and cave tours. The first thing I like better about Iron Mountain than the original Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is that they don’t charge extra for lockers and towels, it’s much handier having that included. AND they also provide unlimited towels; bring your cold wet towel back, and they’ll give you a nice, clean, warm one!
The weather was oddly quite warm, I was expecting my feet to be freezing on the cement (I forgot flip flops, rookie mistake) but I could have literally just sat outside in my swimsuit. This hot springs is made up of 16 mini pools, all with different names and different temperatures. There is also a family pool and jetted spa. The mini pools are in a “quiet zone” which I really appreciated. No kids under five, which meant no splashing, one thing I don’t like about Glenwood’s main hot springs pool.
After dinner we walked around the hotel some more, exploring the different floors and memorabilia that lines the hallways. We made our way up to the “top floor” from which we found a tiny little staircase. I assumed that part was not meant for guests, but my curiosity won over and I went up anyway. Turns out that’s where the “Molly Brown Suite” is! I bet it has some pretty awesome views! After our little exploration we went back to the room, drank some wine, and headed off to bed.
We checked out of the hotel and made our way to the Adventure Park tram. Clouds were slowly rolling in but the views were breathtaking! We did a lap around the park and then mom decided she definitely wanted to ride the alpine coaster, so we bought tickets and were on our way. If you’ve never been, it’s actually a pretty long ride, lots of twists and turns down the mountain, and again, the views! We got off the ride and mom said, “We might have to do that again!”
But, it was time for our first cave tour, Kings Row. We were a few minutes late so we missed the whole safety talk, luckily we’re not 12 year old boys so it all worked out. The cave was incredible, and the tour guide very knowledgeable. Fun fact: apparently, King’s Row is the most highly decorated cave room in Colorado!
The tour guide this time was very animated, lots of singing and dancing. None the less, the cave was a pretty incredible site to see! There is a very exciting (and a little freaky) surprise during this tour. I wont give it away for those of you who want to see for yourself, but I have to recommend seeing this cave at some point in your life! Mom and I even got kissed by the fairies inside! We made our way back out of the cave and the weather had taken a turn for the worst. It was nearly white out conditions with snow and wind, so we decided we better hit the road.