Colorado’s spas offer heavenly — if a bit unorthodox — therapies like bathing in cornmeal, resting against river stones or getting drenched by mountain rain. Soak in Colorado’s natural resources and feel as fresh as our mountain air without leaving the spa.
Backcountry Journey at RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square
A trek through Colorado's backcountry — be it a hike, mountain-bike adventure or horseback trailride — is likely to leave you with a few sore muscles. The Arrabelle will heal those wounded warriors with this body scrub and warm wrap designed to draw out toxins and increase circulation, both of which speed up the healing process to get you back on the mountain tomorrow. Many of the spa's treatments are inspired by Vail's alpine-valley locale and incorporate natural ingredients and aromas from the area, including mountain juniper, lavender, white pine and cedar.
Turquoise Wrap at The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa in Telluride
With roots in the American Indian belief in the qualities of turquoise (protection, positive energy and self confidence), this natural treatment will engender feelings far from blue. Begin your journey of relaxation with a bath in a hydrotherapy tub followed by a gentle, exfoliating brush massage using Hopi blue cornmeal. Then let your body be wrapped in warm, ionized turquoise clay and serenaded with the sounds of a rain stick ritual. The therapist uses essential oils in a traditional smudging ceremony to purify the spirit. The treatment concludes with a warm shower and a soothing full-body honey mask with steam, giving you a feeling of peace and well-being.
The Springs Resort and Spa’s Mineral Pool Aqua Therapy in Pagosa Springs
The purported curative powers of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs were so highly valued that American Indians battled to claim ownership. Today, visitors can experience for themselves what makes the springs so captivating at The Springs Resort, which is situated along the banks of the San Juan River. Immerse yourself in romantic secluded pools filled with mineral-rich waters or enjoy family-friendly swimming areas.
Colorado River Stone Massage at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver
The legendary, historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa lies in the heart of downtown Denver. Inside the elegant brick hotel, the spa offers an escape from the rush of the city with calming treatments that take inspiration from its Colorado setting. Flat river rocks, polished by years of the mighty Colorado River’s constant flow, gently smooth away your tension with the blending of warm and cool sensations, leaving you feeling as if you are floating down a stream of repose and renewal.
The Mountain Shower Massage at The Broadmoor Spa in Colorado Springs
This hydrotherapy treatment is designed to reproduce the sensation of a Colorado rain shower, from the initial downpour to the radiant sun that breaks through the clouds. The experience begins with a cleansing Vichy shower. Tension is eased from your muscles during the 20-minute hot-stone and essential earth-oil massage performed under gentle showers. An exfoliating treatment with summer-scented body wash follows until the showers gently taper off naturally, just as if the clouds were dissipating right above you. The treatment ends with a scented oil application — and a newfound respect for Colorado rainstorms.
Other Colorado Spa Treatments
The spa at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver has a Rocky Mountain Suite, with region-themed decor and a fireplace that sets the tone for maximum relaxation.
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge’s Spa of the Rockies offers a High-Altitude Adjustment Massage that eases breathing, fatigue and headaches sometimes felt after exertion at higher altitudes.
In Ridgway, Chipeta Solar Springs Lodge & Spa’s Southwestern Stone Massage uses the region’s warm basalt stones and cool marble to increase circulation.
The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa features a Mountain Rescue Facial perfect after a long day on the slopes. It soothes a sunburn and deeply hydrates dry, tired skin.
Sol Impressions Massage Studio in Breckenridge also caters to the post-ski crowd with its Apres Massage, which uses amica ointment to provide immediate relief to sore muscles.
In Mount Crested Butte, The Wildflower Spa has a Traveler’s Relief Massage that replenish vital energy for those who might have worked themselves too hard exploring Colorado's high-altitude playground.
Photo: Courtesy of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.