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main attraction near the deep end of the pool, it
won¡¯t be the only one; the entire area will be re-
vamped to create a modern fun zone for families
and children.
Planned features include a waterfall that flows
into a children¡¯s pool, interactive play elements,
a zero-depth entry toddler pool with a shade
structure and a splash pad with a fountain focal
At night, after the children¡¯s area closes, the
fountain will become an eye-catching geyser-like
centerpiece. The resort will have the ability to
vary the height of the spray and adjust light-
ing according the season¡ªred and blue for the
Fourth of July, red and green at the holidays.
Other planned amenities include new restrooms
and family locker rooms.
To make room for the new water park, Glen-
wood Hot Springs is in the process of removing
the miniature golf course and water slides. Over
the years, both have been favorite attractions
for kids of all ages. The 18-hole course provided
hours of putt-putt fun for families and the hy-
droslides, nearly 20 years old, were an invigorat-
ing way to cool off on hot summer days.
The resort¡¯s new aquatic park will offer visitors
fresh new ways to have fun in the Colorado sun!
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is open year-round
for soaking and relaxation.
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Already, in just a short period of
time, they have installed many feet
of thick vitreous clay pipe as part of
the plan.
The yet-to-be-named new aquatic
attraction at the west end of the
resort will showcase a theme-park
quality ride experience featuring a
fast-moving adventure river with
cascading tiers, boulders and exten-
sive landscaping. As riders descend,
they¡¯ll navigate twists, turns and en-
counter quite a few surprises along
the way.
¡°The new adventure river is a cus-
tom-designed tube ride in keeping
with the family-oriented Colorado
outdoor experience,¡± Glenwood Hot
Springs CEO and President Kjell
Mitchell said in a press release.
While the adventure river will be a
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Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Breaking Ground: Glenwood Hot Springs
Resort Begins Work on New Water Park;
The world¡¯s largest hot springs pool adding
an aquatic park to its roster of attractions;
construction on the project is underway
NOV 27, 2018: Glenwood Hot Springs recently
unveiled plans for a major addition to the historic
geothermal resort in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Construction crews broke ground on the project
in late October.
Currently, Pre-Phase One consists of removing
the existing waterslides, mini-golf course and
laying essential groundwork for plumbing on the
northwest side of the property.
¡°Much of the work we are doing now involves
pipes and systems going deep in the ground. We
want to ensure they perform for many years to
come with new attractions like the fountain and
kids swim-and-play area to be built above them,¡±
said Kevin Flohr, Director of Operations for Glen-
wood Hot Springs Resort.
Gould Construction and water resource engi-
neering firm Zancanella & Associates, both local
companies, are forging ahead to get as much
foundational work done as possible before the
snow flies and impedes progress.
New Hot Springs Aquatic Park
Bighorn Sheep Research Project Begins
in Weminuche Wilderness
Nov 17, 2018: To gain a better understanding of
wild Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Wemi-
nuche Wilderness, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
and the U.S. Forest Service are cooperating on a
5-year project to study the cliff-dwelling mammal.
Sometime in late November through early De-
cember, a helicopter crew will be used to locate
and capture bighorns and fit them with GPS
telemetry collars.
The collars will allow biologists to follow daily
movements of the animals and determine what
areas of the wilderness they use.
Crews may also swab nasal tissue and take blood
samples that could be used to determine what
A Top Priority
areas of the wilderness they use.
Crews may also swab nasal tissue and take
blood samples that could be used to determine
if the bighorns have been exposed to diseases
that can adversely affect the animals.
These actions will help the agencies achieve
conservation objectives for bighorn sheep herds
on National Forest System lands.
The remote nature of the Weminuche bighorn
herds has made detecting and monitoring the
animals from the ground difficult.
Consequently, the U.S. Forest Service Rocky
Mountain Region has approved landing the heli-
copter in the wilderness for the project.
Weather permitting, the capture crew will at-
tempt to capture up to 17 animals in five days
of operation.
In the primary capture area, roughly between
Vallecito Creek and Wolf Creek Pass, there are
about 405 bighorns that reside primarily in the
Weminuche Wilderness.
¡°We don¡¯t know a lot about how these bighorns
use the landscape,¡± said Brad Weinmeister, a
terrestrial biologist for CPW in Durango, ¡°We
know that this area provides good habitat, but
we¡¯d like to get more information to help us
with management plans.¡±
Four of the five Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
herds occurring on the San Juan National Forest
are in the Weminuche Wilderness.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife considers the Wemi-
nuche population to be a top priority for state-
wide inventory and monitoring, habitat protec-
tion and improvement, disease prevention and
The project is being funded by the U.S. Forest
Service, CPW and the Rocky Mountain Bighorn
For wildlife questions, please contact Joe Le-
wandowski, Public Information Officer, Colo-
rado Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region,
For wilderness questions, please contact Joni
Vanderbilt, Acting Public Affairs Officer, San
Juan National Forest, 970.385.1219.