Historic Hot Springs Loop

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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 for sure: relaxation is the ultimate goal in these towns: 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
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway Photo
Activity
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.

Dinner
House Rock Kitchen
House Rock Kitchen is a fast casual, from scratch, healthy, fun option in Buena Vista.
Activity
South Main River Park

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

Activity
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…

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…

Day
2
Breakfast
Jan's Restaurant
Down-to-earth place offering hearty servings of American fare, including breakfast, plus a bar.
Activity
Wolf Creek Pass Scenic Overlooks

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

Dinner
Alley House Grille
Alley House Grille is the premier dining destination in Pagosa Springs offering an elegant but casual atmosphere featuring Global/Colorado style…
Dinner
Pagosa Brewing Company
Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill is Pagosa Springs' National Award-Winning Brewery, recommended by Sunset Magazine, National Geographic & The New York…
Insider's Tip
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.

Activity
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…

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're able…

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…

Insider's Tip
Head West & Then North

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

Lunch
Ouray Brewing

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…

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…
Lunch
Bon Ton Restaurant
This historic establishment with a low-key, homey vibe serves old-school Italian & American fare.
Lodging
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…
Day
4
Breakfast
Artisan Bakery

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,…

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.

Ceviche tostadas at Slope & Hatch Photo
Lunch
Slope & Hatch
Taps, tacos, dogs and more. Fresh, affordable, chef-driven cuisine.
Activity
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Elevate your Adventure at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, America's only mountain-top Theme Park and western Colorado's #1 must-see attraction…

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,…

Activity
Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Nestled along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers incredible views of the Colorado and Roaring Fork river…

Lodging
Hotel Denver

Welcome to The Hotel Denver in lovely Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  Enjoy all Glenwood Springs has to offer from our historic downtown location,…

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.

Activity
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,…

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 views of our valley and the aspen trees too.

Lunch
Salt and Lime
Salt and Lime in Downtown Steamboat Springs is a new twist on Mexican food
Activity
Old Town Hot Springs
Four 104-degree spring-fed pools. 230-foot water slides, climbing wall.
Lodging
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…