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Historic Hot Springs Loop

Thermal hot springs flow abundantly throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Soaking in natural mineral water is a time-honored tradition to enhance wellness. One thing is certain: Relaxation is the ultimate goal in the towns of Steamboat Springs, Buena Vista, Nathrop, Salida, Pagosa Springs, Ridgway, Ouray and Glenwood Springs.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local

Participate with in a trail repair project with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

Day 1

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Collegiate Peaks - Scenic and Historic Byway

This paved 57-mile route parallels the Continental Divide at the foot of the Sawatch Range

Insider's Tip

Along the Byway

Travel the byway so that you end up in Buena Vista for lunch.

lunch

House Rock Kitchen

House Rock Kitchen is a fast casual, from scratch, healthy, fun option in Buena Vista.

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South Main River Park

Watch the kayakers shoot the Arkansas River rapids on a walk through this park in Buena Vista.

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dinner

Quincy's

Quincys Tavern offers a simplistic menu that features a quality meal at an affordable price.

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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

Come soak in Colorado's purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Historically noted for their medicinal and therapeutic value, the springs were…

lodging

Surf Chateau

The Surf Chateau invites you to step away from the world of conventional corporate rooms and step into a place where thoughtful design, balanced with…

Day 2

breakfast

Jan's Restaurant

Down-to-earth place offering hearty servings of American fare, including breakfast, plus a bar.

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Wolf Creek Pass Scenic Overlooks

Head toward Pagosa Springs, stopping at the scenic overlooks on Wolf Creek Pass along the way.

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lunch

Alley House Grille

Alley House Grille is the premier dining destination in Pagosa Springs offering an elegant but casual atmosphere featuring Global/Colorado style fusion…

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Healing Waters Resort & Spa

At Healing Waters Resort & Spa it's all about the water! Soaking opportunities include a large, outdoor swimming pool - great for family fun, water…

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Stay for Dinner

Keep the fun going at Pagosa Brewing Company by having a bite of the crispy green beans or the meat eater pizza.

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Overlook Hot Springs

Overlook Hot Springs is Pagosa's newest hot springs spa! Relax in Victorian ambience as healing waters surround you in three scenic rooftop tubs or…

lodging

Fireside Cabins

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND Deluxe 1- and 2-bedroom cabins on 10-acres located along the San Juan River. There is plenty of room to roam and we offer private…

Day 3

breakfast

The Rose

The Rose diner in downtown Pagosa Springs has been a local landmark for three decades.

activity

San Juan Skyway - Scenic and Historic Byway

The 232-mile San Juan Skyway Loop takes about 7 hours to drive or can be a great 2 or 3 day trip with multiple opportunities to stop and enjoy scenic,…

Insider's Tip

Head West & Then North

Travel the San Juan Skyway to the box-canyon-cradled town of Ouray.

lunch

Ouray Brewery

The Ouray Brewery is open daily. Our brewery has three levels with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses our…

activity

Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

The "Box Canyon" Falls, Ouray's own wonder of the world, is the culmination of Canyon Creek narrowing and spilling thousands of gallons a minute of…

dinner

Bella Vino Restaurant

This historic establishment with a low-key, homey vibe serves old-school Italian & American fare.

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ViaSana Massage & Bodywork Studio

ViaSana is a massage & bodywork studio in downtown Ouray offering diverse therapeutic modalities. Inspiring alpine views, cozy ambience, advanced…

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Historic Western Hotel

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, surrounded by the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, relaxing to the whisper of our own natural…

Day 4

breakfast

Artisan Bakery & Cafe

Come enjoy breakfast, lunch, or just a pastry and coffee, in a cozy little restaurant on main street, Ouray CO. Located at the south side of town, right…

activity

West Elk Loop - Scenic and Historic Byway

Mount Sopris and Black Canyon of the Gunnison anchor the ends.

Insider's Tip

Head North

Travel part of the byway north before breaking off and heading to your next stop: Glenwood Springs.

lunch

Slope & Hatch

Taps, tacos, dogs and more. Fresh, affordable, chef-driven cuisine.

activity

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Elevate your adventure at America's only mountain-top Theme Park and western Colorado's #1 must-see attraction. Ride the scenic Glenwood Gondola to…

dinner

Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse

Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse has been serving award-winning food and wine for over eleven years. We feature Sterling Silver beef, local elk and lamb, and…

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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Iron Mountain Hot
Springs is located along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Go to our  to reserve your 3 hour soak, along…

lodging

Hotel Denver

Enjoy all Glenwood Springs has to offer from our historic downtown location, close to the Hot Springs Pool, the restaurants, the train and the shops…

Day 5

breakfast

Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant

German & American fare, plus pastries, served in a small chalet-style restaurant with homey decor.

Insider's Tip

Head North Again

Leave Glenwood Springs and head north to Steamboat Springs, a welcoming Wild West town.

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F.M. Light and Sons

Outfittin' the West for 113 years and five generations! We are a historic western store in downtown Steamboat Springs. We were founded in 1905, and…

lunch

Paramount

Breakfast & lunch cafe with a mountainside patio serving sandwiches, salads, juices & cocktails.

activity

Hit the Trails

Head to the dry lake campground on Buffalo Pass to explore miles of connected multi-use trails for all rider- and hiker-abilities. See some of the best…

dinner

Salt and Lime

Salt and Lime in Downtown Steamboat Springs is a new twist on Mexican food

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Old Town Hot Springs

Old Town Hot Springs is one of Colorado’s premier hot springs and has been a site for recreation and rejuvenation for over 100 years. We are a family-friendly…

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Rabbit Ears Motel

The Rabbit Ears Motel, located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, is your choice for comfortable, affordable lodging right in the center of downtown. Either…

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