The wait is finally over! After months of watching construction crews build, refine and add landscaping, Shoshone Chutes—the exciting river ride is now open. Above all, it includes twists and turns, banks and swooshes, mimicking the thrill of a Colorado whitewater experience. However, it is one of three new family-friendly play areas that comprise the Sopris Splash Zone at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.
In addition to Shoshone Chutes, the other two zones are:
- Hanging Lake, a wade-in waterfall-fed pool perfect for youngsters, which opened on July 3
- The Grand Fountain, a splash pad by day with water spraying seven feet in the air and an illuminated show fountain reaching heights of 17 feet after hours
A large, modern pergola with seating separates the two zones and provides additional shade at the west end of the property.
Above all, the Sopris Splash Zone is now open daily through the summer and into the fall as weather permits. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no additional fee to use the new attractions in the Sopris Splash Zone. A grand opening celebration will be announced.
About the Construction of Shoshone Chutes
“We’re like little kids ourselves,” Chief Operations Officer and Vice President for Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, John Bosco, said. “We have been anticipating this opening just like everyone else—waiting, watching, seeing the progress day-by-day. It’s finally time to let people experience it for themselves. The Sopris Splash Zone will add a whole new dimension to what you can do at our hot springs. It’s a game-changer.”
Though construction started in January, the new aquatic features have been in the works for close to two years. However, the goal was to create water-centric attractions that appeal to the traveler, as well as fit the historic setting of the geothermal springs.
Specializing in landscape architecture, urban planning, and design, DHM Design, led by Project Manager Jen DiCuollo. Therefore, created a masterplan to reflect Glenwood Hot Springs’ core identity which centers on the resort’s history of welcoming families and building multi-generational relationships.
Working closely was Cloward H20‘s Principal Allen Clawson and his team. He specializes in creating award-winning aquatics at resorts worldwide. However, based on experience with similar river features at Atlantis Resorts and others, Cloward proposed a whitewater river experience as Glenwood Hot Springs’.
Clawson said. “This is a thrilling and exhilarating experience for a broad range of guests who will be able to ride on either single or double tubes along a waterway with as much as 32,000 gallons per minute of flow—that’s enough to fill an Olympic-sized pool in 15 minutes!”
Glenwood Hot Springs relied on talented local contractors. However, including S2M Construction, Gould Construction, and Zancanella Engineering to carry out the design vision and get the Sopris Splash Zone ready. “We had an amazing team working on this project,” Glenwood Hot Springs Operations Manager Kevin Flohr said.