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Winter Stops Along the Hot Springs Loop

Winter Stops Along the Hot Springs Loop
5 days
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.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local: 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.
Day 1

Insider's Tip

Start in Glenwood: Start your hot-springs trek on Glenwood Springs before heading on to Ouray on Day 2.
Activity

Sunlight Mountain Resort

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With more than 680 skiable acres and 2,000 vertical feet, Sunlight Mountain Resort offers big skiing at an affordable price. Great for families and beginners, Sunlight also offers one one of the... Read More

Lunch

Glenwood Canyon Brewpub

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Located within the historic Hotel Denver, this brewpub specializes in handcrafted beers and serves hearty pub fare in its restaurant.

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Glenwood Escape Room

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A balance of high and low tech elements, puzzles and clues create an adventure for the mind. We like to make our rooms challenging but fun so that those who escape know they’ve performed like top... Read More
Dinner

Grind

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When we first opened GRIND we had a vision for a “burger joint” with the sensibilities of a farm to table restaurant. We wanted to be a local hang out focused on crafted and scratch made products. Read More
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Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

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Located between Aspen and Vail, you'll find the World's Largest Hot Springs Pool! The Ute Indians called it Yampah, meaning "big medicine" because of its therapeutic qualities. Soothe your... Read More

Lodging

Hotel Colorado

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The historic Hotel Colorado is full of unmatched charm and one of a kind style. It boasts presidential legacy, full service amenities, and a dedicated staff. The Hotel Colorado features 80... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Sweet ColoraDough

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Sweet ColoraDough is a bakery located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado specializing in doughnuts, pastries, pies, cupcakes, cakes, tea, coffee, and more!

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Activity

Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

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Nearly one million gallons of clear hot springs water, without the sulfur smell common in many hot springs. There are 3 pools ranging from 80 to 105 degree, plus lap lanes and a Wibit obstacle... Read More

Lunch

Maggie's Kitchen

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Find the best burgers in Ouray at Maggie's Kitchen! Read More
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Ouray Ice Park

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The Ouray Ice Park is an outdoor park featuring ice climbing, viewing, all for free! Read More
Dinner

Outlaw Restaurant

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Tthe Outlaw Restaurant still has the same sign hung in 1969. Those who return come back with happy memories of the past, while newcomers take away experiences they will fondly remember. Read More
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The Blue Pear

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The Blue Pear prides itself on bringing the extraordinary, quirky, and lovely to Ouray. We enjoy finding those unique gifts that can set us apart. Our team is made up of artists, locals, and... 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 beautifully... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Timberline Deli

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Longtime deli in Ouray. Fresh, homemade sandwiches, salads, breakfast. Great Burgers and Fried Chicken. The biggest scoop of ice cream in Ouray – it's a great deal! All items are available to-go.... Read More

Insider's Tip

Make Your Way to Pagosa Springs: Take the scenic 3-hour drive to Pagosa Springs for more hot springs and winter adventure!
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Pagosa Dogsled Adventures

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Every winter our minds turn to mush.... Experience the thrill of being pulled through the snow by a team of beautiful Alaskan Malamutes

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Lunch

Kip's Grill & Cantina

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Kip's Grill started operating out of a caboose on the side of the Highway in Del Norte, Colorado in 1996. The goal was to create seriously fresh, handmade tacos with amazing flavors and provide our... Read More
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The Springs Resort & Spa

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The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Offering 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the... Read More

Dinner

Borde Rio Riverside Restaurant & Tavern

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Dine and drink on the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs. Read More
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Riff Raff Brewing Company

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Founded in 2013, Riff Raff Brewing Company opens in downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in May 2013. The brewery is Pagosa Springs' first downtown brewery and features artisan ales handcrafted in... 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 4
Breakfast

The Rose

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

Sustainability Activity

Head to Buena Vista:

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.

Lunch

Eddyline Restaurant, Brewery & Taphouse

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Wood-fired pizza & grill, Award winning Ales & Lagers, Colorado's only 16oz micro-cannery! Read More
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Snowshoe at Browns Creek

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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.
Dinner

216 Ferraro's

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Specializing in fresh house-made pasta daily, including spaghetti, fettuccine, linguini, pappardelle, rigatoni and ravioli. Read More
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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

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These Colorado hot springs are located in Nathrop, Colorado between the towns of Buena Vista and 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 5
Breakfast

The Bounty

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The Bounty is Salida’s oldest family-run restaurant, and 75 years later, we remain true to the tradition of serving simple, classic and fresh meals during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read More

Insider's Tip

Head North After Breakfast: Wake up with breakfast in Salida and then head 3 hours north to Steamboat Springs' winter wonderland.
Activity

Gondola Ride at Steamboat Resort

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Take a ride up Mt. Werner and enjoy the views that can only be appreciated from Steamboat's own eight-passenger gondola. Once up top, take in the views from the Thunderhead building or sit down to lunch at Hazie's or Stoker.
Lunch

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
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Haymaker Sleigh Ride Dinner

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Dash through the snow as a pair of majestic draft horses pulls a sleigh through the Yampa Valley’s rolling hills before settling down to a delicious three-course dinner with all the trimmings. Read More
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Night Skiing at Steamboat Resort

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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.
Lodging

The Steamboat Grand

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With the resort right out the front door, The Steamboat Grand Hotel has lodging to fit every need, from five-bedroom penthouses to hotel rooms. Just steps away from mountain activities and a... Read More