Photo courtesy of Ouray Chamber Resort Association/Kane Scheidegger
Photo courtesy of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
Photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
Colorado’s hot springs give you a chance to experience one of the state’s most surreal phenomena: sitting outside in your bathing suit even though it’s snowing. In Colorado, you can submerge yourself in naturally heated hot springs while the flakes fall all around you.
Colorado’s variety of year-round hot springs all offer relaxation, soothe muscles and will have you marveling at how an unglamorous occurrence like geothermal activity can result in such a luxurious experience.
For luxe-level resorts and fully pampered escapes, take refuge at Dunton Hot Springs, where elegant cabins sit just steps from the natural mineral waters and a holistically focused spa, or the Pagosa Springs Resort & Spa, with luxury hotel suites, pampering spa treatments and champagne-and-chocolate packages beckon.
Family-focused Colorado hot-springs fun leads straight to the slides and diving boards at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, which launch big kids into more than a million gallons of crystal-clear waters while mom and dad swim laps. Families can practice their best form in Glenwood Hot Springs’ diving pool, take a break in the mini-golf course and frolic in the kiddie pool (while mom gets a facial in the attached Spa of the Rockies).
And though all of Colorado’s hot springs come with amazing views, a few are especially notable for a rustic mountain feeling: experience Strawberry Park Hot Springs’ forest-surrounded pools, mountainside Jacuzzi tubs at Indian Hot Springs, box-canyon vistas at Orvis Hot Springs, 30 Chalk Creek pools at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and 16 Rocky Mountain National Park-adjacent pools at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa.
Nearly every hot springs facility in Colorado features lodging, spa facilities and family attractions — you just have to find the one that suits your ideal of a Colorado hot-springs vacation.