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High Water Prompts Glenwood Springs Vapor Caves Closure

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The Glenwood Springs Vapor Caves (credit: yampahspa.com)

The Glenwood Springs Vapor Caves (credit: yampahspa.com)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – High runoff from the state’s record snowpack levels has prompted the temporary closure of the Glenwood Springs Vapor Caves spa, a popular attraction in Glenwood Springs.

Vapor Caves General Manager Ann Hoban says more hot water from natural springs have been pushed back in to the caves than usual.

More than a foot of water flooded the caves with 125 degree water last week, prompting its temporary closure.

The nearby Hot Springs Pool Lodge and Pool has also take steps to deal with the high water, including switched to a discharge tunnel further downstream.

U.S. Geological Survey monitoring system recorded a peak of 24,500 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, which dropped slightly to 23,000 cfs on Friday. Additional high water is expected as the snowpack continues to melt.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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