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Warm Up This Winter With a Soak in a Colorado Hot Spring
DENVER (January 18, 2012) – After spending a day on the slopes of one of Colorado’s 26 ski areas, there is no better place to relax than in one of many hot springs scattered across the state. These mineral-rich waters have created legends of healing, mountain adventure and romantic relaxation for thousands of years. Below is a sampling of rustic and refined hot springs which can be found in both remote and easily accessible locations. For more information visit www.COLORADO.com.
Colorado Hot Springs:
§ Conundrum Hot Springs. At the end of an 8 1/2 mile trail lays remote hot springs with views worth the hike. Located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, Conundrum Hot Springs rewards hikers with two beautiful hot spring pools. The lower pool is cooler (80 degrees), smaller and more private, while the upper pool is much larger and averages 95 degrees. www.LonelyPlanet.com/usa/rocky-mountains/aspen/activities/hiking-hot-springs/conundrum-hot-springs
§ Named for its geothermal hot springs,Steamboat Springs boasts two well-known hot spring resorts.Strawberry Hot Springs is just seven miles outside of town and blends the pure natural beauty of its surroundings with the stone masonry of the 104-degree mineral water pools. Old Town Hot Springs is located in downtown Steamboat Springs and offers eight hot spring-fed pools, two waterslides, (seasonal: winter and summer only), fitness center, exercise classes and massage. www.StrawberryHotSprings.com, www.SteamboatHotSprings.org
§ Glenwood Hot Springs is the most heavily visited of Colorado’s hot springs, busy even on the chilliest winter's day. As one of the biggest and most improved hot springs pools in the world, European royalty, presidents and celebrities have ventured to this mountain town to enjoy the two blocks of swimming pools, therapy pool, diving pool, kiddy pool and waterslide available at the complex. www.HotSpringsPool.com
§ Penny Hot Springs, just outside of Carbondale is a completely natural hot spring off of the Crystal River where bathers formed rock walls to create pools, which are removed to let cool water in when the pools are too hot. Those looking for a more sophisticated experience head upstream to Avalanche Ranch, which offers three pools of varied temperatures and sizes, 13 cozy log cabins and a quaint three-bedroom rental house. www.MarbleTourismAssociation.org/penny_hot_springs.html, www.AvalancheRanch.com
§ Pagosa Springs. Mineral-rich water flows through town, with three highly mineralized geothermal water fountains running along the San Juan River and The Great Pagosa Hot Springs, which sitsat a stifling 145 degrees. While that is too hot for safe human use, the town is also home to three spas including Springs Resortwhich has more than 20 naturally-heated, family-sized outdoor pools of different temperatures. www.Pagosa.com
§ Ouray. Adventurers find solace in the hot springs scattered around town,including Ouray Hot Springs Pool,which is open to the public and contains more than one million gallons of crystal- clear natural hot springs water. For those who prefer a more private hot spring experience, Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Spring offers guests majestic views of the San Juan Mountains while soaking in a redwood hot tub, fed with 105-degree natural hot springs water. www.OurayColorado.com/discover-ouray/hot-springs-pool.php, www.BoxCanyonOuray.com
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, 26 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 54 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet and 12 national parks, monuments and historic sites. For more information or a copy of the 2011 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO. Media are invited to visit the Colorado Media Room at www.COLORADO.com/media-room for story ideas, press releases, press kits, and high-resolution, downloadable photos and video for editorial use. Follow Colorado on Twitter at www.twitter.com/colorado or become a Colorado Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/visitcolorado.
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