Warm up during the winter at a Colorado hot spring
In Colorado, there is no better way to chase the mid-winter blues than to soak them away in one of state’s many natural hot springs. Warming up with beautiful views seen through the mist of Here are a few of our favorites.
The two options in Glenwood Springs are both top-notch. The Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is the old standby for a reason. The large hot pool and the mid-sized super-hot pool give soakers plenty of room to spread out. Add in the diving boards, swimming lanes and waterslides for the perfect fun, relaxing and family-friendly day or evening.
The new hot-spring kid in town is Iron Mountain Hot Springs. With 16 smaller soaking pools in the “Quiet Area” and a nice-sized family pool with hot tub, Iron Mountain has something for everyone. The soaking pools are beautifully arranged in terraced fashion overlooking the Colorado River. Don’t forget to bring your cash and try one of their awesome smoothies, cocktails or snacks.
There’s a reason Ouray has the nickname “The Switzerland of America.” You have so many choices here; you’ll have to keep coming back, just to try them all. The main pool in town, The Ouray Hot Springs, can get crowded, but its proximity to the breathtaking San Juans makes up for it.
For a more private option, head to the Box Canyon Falls Lodge or the Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs. Both places have semi-private natural hot springs and laid-back accommodations. The Wiesbaden hotel is another great spot. In this pretty and historic hotel, serenity reigns supreme. Don’t forget to check out the underground vapor caves and mineral baths.
Located in tiny Nathrop, between Buena Vista and Salida, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is renowned for its 400 foot long water slide, but don’t discount the thrill of being surrounded by the natural beauty of our state. In addition to the man-made hot-springs pools, visitors can visit the hot springs bubbling up right in the cool waters of Chalk Creek.
Au Naturel Options
Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs is a unique hot springs with a less-developed flavor. Enjoy soaking in the pools that stream over natural rocks, up in the mountains of Steamboat Springs. Strawberry Park is clothing optional after dark, so keep that in mind as you plan.
Orvis Hot Springs, near Ridgway, is clothing optional all the time, so if you’re feeling adventurous or free-as-a-bird, this might be the place for you. The property has two larger pools, one with a gravel bottom and waterfalls, as well as a super-hot “Lobster Pot.” Stone pathways lead the way around the pools and add a unique, authentic charm.