The magic of unwinding in a steaming hot spring as snowflakes fall from the sky is one of the greatest joys of winter in Colorado. Hop on the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop to discover some of the state’s best winter soaking locales — and spend your time in between dips enjoying some quintessential cold-season activities.
Get out in front of backcountry danger this winter, and keep safety top-of-mind! Seek education and training prior to heading out, or utilize a professional guide or a seasoned mentor to explore Colorado's backcountry. Find more ways to get informed and stay safe in Colorado.
There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.
Start your hot-springs trek in Glenwood Springs before heading on to Ouray on Day 2.
Take the scenic 3-hour drive to Pagosa Springs for more hot springs and winter adventure!
The day isn't over yet, you're just going for a nice soak in the hot springs.
Once there, donate time or money at the Ark-Valley Humane Society before exploring the area. The lifesaving work of Ark-Valley Humane Society is only possible because of donors and volunteers.
Embark on a snowshoeing adventure on this challenging trail near Nathrop in the San Isabel National Forest. From parts of the trail you can see the huge 14er mountains and Browns Canyon across the valley. About 3 miles up the trail is an amazing waterfall that is way bigger than you would expect.
Rent your snowshoes from The Trailhead.
Strap on your Nordic skis and head out to Howelsen Hill, the oldest operating ski hill in North America. Explore their 13 miles of Nordic trails and experience a piece of Steamboat’s winter Olympic heritage.
Wake up with breakfast in Salida and then head 3 hours north to Steamboat Springs' winter wonderland.
The Christie Peak Express high-speed chairlift whisks you to top of Christie Peak (8,000’) to embark on your night adventure across five trails including Sitz, See Me, Vogue, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo. All levels of skiing and riding will be available.