The Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves are located at 709 East 6th Street in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The facilities are one hundred years old and provide visitors with a feeling of rejuvenation and healing. There are a number of varying spa treatments combined with the caves in order to soothe aches and pains while simultaneously purifying the spirit and the body.
The caves were originally used by the Ute Indians as a place of rejuvenation and healing. The caves were believed to be sacred. The caves have North America's only known vapor caves that are completely natural. The facility offers more contemporary treatments in addition to the mystical vapors to visitors.
There are a range of beauty and health treatments including facials, private natural mineral baths, mud treatments and massage. There are three adjacent rock chambers underground at the Vapor Caves. There is a stairway in the main building that goes down and a stone corridor leads into the caves. The caves stillness creates a soothing atmosphere. There are also marble benches for guests to utilize natural vapor in the dim chambers of the cave.
The temperature of the caves in the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves average 110 to 112 degrees. These temperatures give guest visits of ten to twelve minutes at a time with short breaks in the close by cooling room or in an upstairs solarium. There are small tubs and cold water available for cooling off as well.
The hillside located behind the spa is the source of the hot springs. There are thirty-four trace elements and minerals in the water which is high in zinc, potassium, nitrate and sulfate. There are narrow and shallow channels that take the water through the caves. The current owners of the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves did extensive renovations on the facility during 1990.
When the structure was renovated the former structure was rebuilt completely. The complete interior was remodeled in addition the wiring and plumbing were all replaced as well. Men and women now have separate showers and dressing rooms. There are also a number of massage rooms and a solarium with a fountain and a skylight. There are mineral bath soaking tubs and an area for toning, cleansing and beauty treatments of the body. There was a full service salon added to the facilities during 1994 which offers complete care for the skin, nails, hair, facial and waxing.
The Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves can be reached from the major east to west thoroughfare that runs through Colorado which is I-70. The facility is just to the east of the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool facilities. The drive to Glenwood Springs is three hours long from both Boulder and Denver on the all weather highways. The facility is only an hour from Vail or Aspen and one and one half hours from Grand Junction.
The pricing at the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves depends on which treatments you receive. Those wishing to make reservations at the facility should contact the facility directly. Any questions that you may have should be asked of the staff prior to your arrive to make sure you are properly prepared for your visit.