Colorado is well known for being covered in snow and having 300 days of sunshine. After a long day on the hill in freezing temperatures, the best thing for your body is going to be soaking in a warm natural hot spring. Check out these top 5 hot springs in the state of Colorado that you won’t want to leave.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs: About 15 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs, nestled into the mountain side is a natural hot water source that gets pumped into 4 different pool temperatures. The average temperature ranges from 95-102 degrees Fahrenheit with cold river right alongside it. Lodging is available at Strawberry Hot Spring with a different touch then just a hotel – offered are rustic cabins, train caboose, covered wagons and tent sites. While staying the night, wake up early for a unique massage; Watsu (water-shiatsu) is a gentle warm water massage given in their private pool heated to body temperature. If you’re willing to make the 3 hour trip from the front range, put this hot springs on your to-do list for an unforgettable experience.
Ouray Hot Springs: Located in Ridgeway just an hour outside of Telluride. This amazing place has several sources of water, each having different mineral content in all the pools. Lodging is located above the main entrance when coming into this cozy hut. With 4 outside soaking tubs and 3 indoor, the possibilities are endless. While the indoor pools require bathing suits, the outdoor pools are clothing optional from open to close. Be one with nature here at Ouray Hot Springs!
Cottonwood Hot Springs: Right under the Collegiate Peaks Range outside of Buena Vista, roughly two and a half hours away from Denver. These hot springs house more than eight different pools ranging in temperature from 94° F. to 110° F. At Cottonwood, massages are available for Swedish, integrative, deep tissue and specialties, and much more. Find the one that suits you and treat yourself! Lodging is not a problem with their new women’s dormitories, coed dorms, and creek side cabins with a full kitchen setup. Come down and enjoy the views.
The Springs Resort & Spa: This resort is located in Pagosa Springs in souther Colorado, and is definitely not your normal springs spot. With a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest geothermal hot springs, you can’t deny this place. The “Mother” ship pool is measured at 1,002 feet with a temperature of approximately 144° F. These hot springs have been known and enjoyed for over 150 years. In the 1980’s, The Springs Inn went out of business. 10 years later, new owners bought it and started a business in the early 1990’s. When staying at the Springs Inn, hotel guests have access to the mineral hot springs 24 hours a day and their public bath house is open year round.
Take that trip to Colorado this winter you have been planning for the past few years and don’t forget to soak in one of these hot springs after a day on the slopes!