10 of Colorado’s Best Hot Springs
Colorado has no shortage of hot springs to explore. Glenwood. Manitou. Pagosa. Steamboat. The list goes on. While there are more than two dozen hot springs scattered across the Centennial State, these developed, resort springs are easily accessible and cater to all kinds of adventure enthusiasts.
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop This 141-year-old hot springs resort features a scorching 140 degrees hot spring that feeds into a cool racing creek, private Japanese-inspired overflowing pools, hot stone massages, and even a water slide. Relax and enjoy water yoga classes, a historic bathhouse, a soaking pool, an exercise pool, and a family pool.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs Iron Mountain boasts 16 naturally-shaped hot springs, all ranging from 98 to 108 degrees, as well as a large family pool heated to a relaxing 94 degrees. Soak up the 14 healing minerals surrounded by sweeping mountain views.
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs, Redstone Open year-round, the three-tiered pools were designed to complement the natural landscape and rock formations of the Crystal River Valley. Each pool ranges from 92 to 104 degrees, with the lower pool fed by a 3-foot waterfall. Surrounding the pools are log cabins and wagons available for guests.
Ouray Hot Springs, Ouray Ouray Hot Springs features five manmade, odorless pools with temperatures ranging 78-106 degrees. While many hot springs boast relaxation, the pools at Ouray encourage exercise and play with a lap pool, climbing walls, water obstacle course, and two rushing waterslides.
Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa, Hot Sulphur Springs Without added chemicals or re-circulation, these fresh springs are safe to marinate in for hours. Each of the 21 mineral pools are heated by volcanic rock 35,000 feet underground. Because the springs’ water flows constantly, the pools range from 95 to 112 degrees. When you’re done soaking, opt for a full body, hot stone, or deep tissue massage at the accompanying spa.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs Ranging from 103 to 109 degrees, the hot springs feature five pools with the option to jump into the freezing cold Hot Springs Creek. In the winter, roads require 4WD with snow tires and chains Nov. 1-May 1; or reserve a shuttle.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Glenwood Springs Great for families and the world's largest outdoor mineral hot springs pool with bath-temperature water. The smaller, quieter, and hotter pools, will give a more therapeutic experience soaking in the minerals from Yampah spring.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolore Dunton Hot Springs is a restored 19th-century ghost town, complete with authentic miners cabins, an old-fashioned saloon and dance hall, and a cozy library. Lodging and soaking packages offer cabins with private pools, and an opportunity to explore the town via guided Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh ride expeditions.
The Springs Resort & Spa, Pagosa Springs The steaming mineral water filling 24 pools is sourced from the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring—the Great Pagosah Spring. In 2011, it was measured at 1,002 feet. And though you can’t actually soak in this one (it’s way too hot) Great Pagosah connects to the other pools, so you can connect to the rejuvenating deep-earth minerals.
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, Buena Vista Unplug in one of the five natural artesian hot spring pools with restorative waters. If you stay overnight you will notice a lack of refrigerators, WiFi, and televisions in your room, encouraging you to put down the screens, and connect to your surroundings.