The Balneology Association of North America (BANA) will meet for our 2015 annual meeting in Colorado, USA. We are reviewing regions for our upcoming map of North America mineral water sites, developing our programs and touring Glenwood Hot Springs.
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The Balneology Association of North America (BANA) is publishing periodic newsletters with the intent to inform and direct the reader’s attention towards the various geo-thermal mineral water sources and sites, springs and wells, baths and pools found widely spread and mapped across the North American continental landscape.
In most places these site-specific water sources offer direct and regular opportunities for personally experiencing the numerous benefits of Balneology. Balneology is the study and practice of the arts, sciences, applications, therapies and communities for Baths and Bathing.
The BANA Newsletter plans to bring new research, information and education about The Waters, Seasons and Climates of North America, especially as this information relates to the proper and regular use of natural mineral waters for wellness, health care, therapeutics and rehabilitative benefits.The hygienic, healthful, and therapeutic use of natural mineral waters is accomplished by means of soaking, floating, steaming and drinking The Waters as well as resting and sleeping at these sites.
Throughout North America there are natural hydrologic districts and watershed commonwealths that include distinct geothermal regions. Within these Regions there exists extensive natural geo-thermal mineral water sources that have been used for centuries, if not millennia, for wellness and health, therapy and healing. Also, these Regions are identified and distinguished by various latitudes, longitudes, and altitudes along with their seasonal weather and climatic conditions.
In each BANA Newsletter, we plan to present Regional profiles and maps of the natural mineral water locations along with introductions as to how The Waters have been/are being/and in new locations will be used for wellness and health, therapy and rehabilitation. This may include first hand personal experiences and stories that are hoped to inspire and contribute to the Vision and Mission of BANA.
Glenwood Hot Springs Pools and Vapor Caves, Colorado: A Brief Profile
Buried high and deep within the long chain of the great Rocky Mountains at a central point in the North American continent are several ancient Vapor Caves through which hot (F 122)mineral waters have been flowing for millions of years; or as the indigenous families and tribes of the Ute once told in their healing stories…”since a Time before Time.” On the surface and rushing out from under the rocks at a rate of 3.5 million gallons per day and pouring into a 19th century stone edged floating pool (1888) and 20th century swimming pool (the largest natural geo-thermal mineral water pool in the Americas) are The Waters of Glenwood Hot Springs.
The Waters of this site-specific source emerge onto the surface and into the floating pools after having worked their wandering ways within, around, up, and out of the deep earth.
Along the way and passing over and through centuries of geological strata The Waters have become infused with an abundant supply of Nature’s minerals including: sodium chloride, potassium sulfate, calcium sulfate and calcium bicarbonate, with traces of boron, lithium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, silica, zinc, fluoride, phosphate and nitrogen.
The Source of The Waters at Glenwood Hot Springs in the State of Colorado is centrally located midway between the Canadian and Mexican borders as well as distant from the Atlantic, Great Lakes, Gulf, and Pacific Coasts.
West of the lower Great Plains and east of the high desert, where rainfall is sparse, each spring, high in mountains, the melting snowpack flows into rocky streams, swelling springs, rivers and lakes in turn transforms the landscape, plants, animals and humans with renewed life.
It is estimated that around 13 millennia ago, perhaps longer, the Ute, a nomadic tribal people of the Great Basin were the first people to use The Waters and Caves at Glenwood Hot Springs. Historically they called the place: “Yampah” or “Big Medicine.” Long considered as sacred healing waters, the Ute them for bathing, steaming, sweating, inhaling and drinking.In the decades following the American Civil War a group of American and European investors purchased the land around the springs in order to develop and build what they came to name: The Glenwood Hot Springs and Hotel Colorado.
Today, The Glenwood Hot Springs welcomes all to visit, sit, soak, swim, play, relax, rest, sleep and experience, fully… The Waters in a high mountain environment that combines the historically restored sandstone bathhouse and spa with a contemporary grand geo-thermal mineral water pool and newly renovated lodge.
Besides Glenwood Hot Springs, the State of Colorado lists another 26 Hot Spring site specific sources and destinations within the Rocky Mountain Region. For the other 26 hot springs spas of Colorado, read ‘27 Colorado Hot Springs Quick Guide‘.