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Historic Hot Springs Loop

Historic Hot Springs Loop
5 days
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
Activity

Collegiate Peaks - Scenic and Historic Byway

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

Insider's Tip

Along the Byway: Travel the byway so that you end up in Buena Vista for lunch.
Lunch

House Rock Kitchen

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

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

The Asian Palate

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Our Thai & Sushi restaurant is located in downtown Buena Vista, CO, surrounded by the beautiful Collegiate Peaks and the active Arkansas River. Read More
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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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Come soak in Colorado's purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Historically noted for their medicinal and therapeutic value, the springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a... Read More

Lodging

Surf Chateau

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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 endless possibility for outdoor adventure,... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Jan's Restaurant

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

Wolf Creek Pass Scenic Overlooks

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

Farrago Market Cafe

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Farrago's Market Cafe is a tasty, but health minded casual dining spot in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Delight in homemade foods from Panini's to salads to pizza! Read More
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Pagosa Brewing Company

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Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill is Pagosa Springs' National Award-Winning Brewery, recommended by Sunset Magazine, National Geographic & The New York Times. We've got a cozy tap room & dining room... Read More
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Overlook Hot Springs

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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 in one of five indoor pools. The rooftop has a... Read More

Lodging

Fireside Inn Cabins

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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 to offer private river and fishing access as well... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

The Rose

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

San Juan Skyway - Scenic and Historic Byway

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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, recreational and historic sites.... Read More

Insider's Tip

Head West & Then North: Travel the San Juan Skyway to the box-canyon-cradled town of Ouray.
Lunch

Ouray Brewing

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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 kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers... Read More

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Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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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 water over the falls. It is truly a dramatic scene. Read More
Dinner

Bon Ton Restaurant

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

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

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The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray's most popular lodging, offers extremely clean, attractively decorated rooms; from standard rooms with queen, king or two queen beds to a... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Roast & Toast Cafe

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Colorado’s premier coffeehouse restaurant, featuring locally roasted Exotic Earth espresso & coffee. Serving breakfast, lunch, & sweets. Open daily from 6:30am – 2:00pm. Read More
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West Elk Loop - Scenic and Historic Byway

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

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

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Taps, tacos, dogs and more. Fresh, affordable, chef-driven cuisine. Read More
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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WE WILL BE CLOSED 10/29/18-3/15/19 FOR IMPROVEMENTS. Coming in spring 2019! A new high capacity tram to get you to the fun even faster.

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Dinner

Juicy Lucy's

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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 fresh seafood. As our loyal customers will... Read More

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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

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Nestled along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers incredible views of the Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys to surrounding sandstone cliffs and beyond... Read More

Lodging

Hotel Denver

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Close to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the train station, and downtown restaurants and shopping. Historic elegance with modern conveniences. Free wireless, on-site brew pub, high-def... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant

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

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 Western Shopping

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In the beginning, the store’s merchandise consisted mostly of shoes, but soon expanded to men’s fine wool suits and Stetson hats. Read More
Lunch

Paramount

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Breakfast & lunch cafe with a mountainside patio serving sandwiches, salads, juices & cocktails. Read More
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Steamboat Bike Park

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The Steamboat Bike Park offers an expansive 50 mile trail network that includes a wide array of lift assisted downhill only "flow" and "tech" trails, numerous multi-directional trails for those... Read More

Dinner

Salt and Lime

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Salt and Lime in Downtown Steamboat Springs is a new twist on Mexican food Read More
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Old Town Hot Springs

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Four 104-degree spring-fed pools. 230-foot water slides, climbing wall. Read More
Lodging

Rabbit Ears Motel

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

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