Glenwood Hot Springs celebrates grand opening of Spa of the Rockies |

Glenwood Hot Springs celebrates grand opening of Spa of the Rockies

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Vicky Nash/Special to the Post IndependentUte Indian Loya Arrum performs a blessing ceremony at the new Spa of the Rockies at the Glenwood Hot Springs as his son Dan Cesspooch plays a drum.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado It has a new name.It has a new spa that is sleek and luxuriant.The Glenwood Hot Springs, the new name for the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool, is ready for a new future.Leaders and staff at the Glenwood Springs landmark, along with dozens of people from the community, last Wednesday celebrated the new look and direction of the longtime tourist favorite with a grand opening celebration of the Spa of the Rockies a multimillion dollar new addition to the 120-year-old destination spot.The building of the new spa, a process that began more than a year ago and is wrapping up, has owners and leaders of the Glenwood Hot Springs and city tourism officials hopeful the new look and feel of Glenwood Hot Springs will draw in more visitors.The visibility of this spa will elevate all of Glenwood Springs as a spa destination, said Kate Collins, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, adding the new spa could help draw tourists during the towns slower tourism months of the year.Kjell Mitchell, chief operating officer and general manager of the Glenwood Hot Springs, said the new Spa of the Rockies will be synergistic with the rest of our operations. He added it would help the bottom line during the slower months of the year since it could draw daytime interest from surrounding communities like Aspen, Grand Junction, Vail and Summit County.The new spa has eight rooms for massage therapy, facial treatments and one specialized hydrotherapy room for Vichy shower treatments, along with couples suites. There are also five hydrotherapy tubs for mineral baths and soaks. Spa services also include manicures, pedicures and waxing.Mitchell said the incorporation of the spa into the business led to the name change from the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool to the Glenwood Hot Springs.It made us rethink who we are, said Mitchell, adding there are some final construction details that still need completion. With the introduction of the spa, we are more than just a pool. We are more than a lodge.Mitchell said leaders and owners of the Glenwood Hot Springs began studying the concept of adding a spa more than five years ago. They spoke with patrons and consultants about the possibility.We did not want to go into it lightly, Mitchell said. But in the end, he said it was a natural fit with who we are.The grand opening ceremony included a Ute blessing ceremony. Descendants of Ute Indian ancestry, Loya Arrum of Vernal, Utah, along with other family members, performed a tribal blessing and traditional dances at the facility. Arrum recalled her grandfathers stories about traveling to the hot springs on horseback in the late 1800s. Ambassadors from the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association conducted a traditional ribbon-cutting with Glenwood Hot Springs representatives manning the over-sized scissors.Barbara Clarke, Glenwood Hot Springs director of sales and marketing, said the new spa might also widen the vacation spots international market.There are spas in Aspen and Beaver Creek, but no one has this incredible water like we do, she said.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO .

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