From their information booklet and various plaques around the hotel, I learned that the hot springs were a frequent visiting location for the Ute Native Americans. The Ute believed the springs cured illnesses and named it Yampah, meaning "Big Medicine."
In 1881, the Ute signed a treaty with the US Government and were relocated to a reservation. They retained hunting rights in the area and often returned, even as the white man's presence at the hot springs increased. In 1888 a bathhouse was constructed and the white man officially took over.