Colorado Attractions Worth a Visit: Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves

If you’re driving west from Denver along I-70, the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves is the first hot springs attraction you’ll notice before you exit the interstate at Glenwood Springs. As you emerge from Glenwood Canyon, look for a structure built into the hillside cliffs. In all of North America, the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves is the only one that is naturally-occurring, all others are manmade excavations. 

What makes the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves so special? 

  • The underground caves have been in use since the mid-1880s when Glenwood Springs was a startup pioneer town. However, no one knows how many decades or centuries the native inhabitants used the caves prior to that.
  • The Ute Indians believed the hot mineral water possessed great healing properties. In the Ute language, Yampah means “Big Medicine.” 
  • The natural, untreated therapeutic water contains 34 minerals and trace elements. 
  • Hot mineral water flows through channels on the cave floors to create natural geothermal steam baths that range in temperature between 110 - 112°F (43-44°C).
  • Visitors can cool off in a variety of settings:  the upstairs solarium, an outside deck or by splashing cold water on their skin via cold water spigots in the caves.
  • The Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves is also a full service salon and spa offering hair and nail services, massage, body treatments and private soaking tubs for individuals and couples. 

To find out more about Glenwood’s one-of-a-kind attractions and book lodging reservations, visit

For more information and to book reservations please visit Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116. An online Media Room is available at and photos are at B-roll video footage is available upon request. 

Lisa Langer, Vice President of Tourism Marketing
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
Vicky Nash, Media Relations Representative 
Resort Trends, Inc.