Salida Colorado Hot Springs Enthusiasts: 5 Hot Springs to Choose from
This area of the Rocky Mountains seems to be geologically perfect for hot springs formations. We have 5 public hot springs and more for those who like to soak after arduous hikes in the mountains. This post is about the 5 hot springs nearby or in town.
At the end, we have created a video highlighting the 5 hot springs. Enjoy!
The closest, right in town, is Salida Hot Springs and Pool. They have a pool for laps, a soaking pool, private pools and plans for more outdoor soaking pools. For those of you who like to swim for exercise, this is a great choice...the water is warm but not too warm to swim in. This pool is great for soaks after a full day of skiing when you just want to roll out of the soaking pool into bed.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs, 22 minutes away, is a place for a quick soak, a destination weekend or a place to hold a conference or retreat. There are five swimming pools averaging 95 degrees, a 400-foot waterslide, and a soaking pool. The lodge and private cabins are inviting. Guests who rent a cabin or stay in the lodge have access to the private pools. Everyone can use the lap pool, the deep soaking pool or the Creek. Chalk Creek, which flows next to the pools has pockets of hot water that soakers love to use... we just arrange the rocks to get the right amount of cold water coming through to cool down the hot water coming out of the sand, bring a book and camp out. That is a favorite on a winter day. The lodge has a restaurant for those who want a long soak and then dinner.. or vice versa. Mount Princeton is located in Chalk Creek canyon, a place of incredible beauty near national forest. Great hiking exists near the Springs for those who want to diversify your experience.
Cottonwood Hot Springs is about 25 minutes away, off Cottonwood Creek. The Ute tribe used this area for centuries, understanding the curative power of the hot water. . It is an old-west style gravity-fed mineral spa with many pools, creekside tubs, and a dry sauna. Because the pools are in the middle of national forest, this old-west style cannot be changed, adding to its charm. The result is a lovely, rustic, healing place to soak, either alone or with others. Cottonwood Hot Springs Resort is in the mountains, with nearby hiking and other forest/mountain activities to choose from.
Joyful Journey Hot Springs, resort and Spa is located 30 minutes to the south.Unlike the Mount Princeton Hot Springs and Cottonwood Hot Springs, Joyful Journey is located in the valley with the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range looming in the distance. Joyful Journey has three pools, with 3 different temperatures. In the winter, the soakers migrate from one pool to another as their body temperatures dictate. This tends to be a quiet, more meditative experience, which appeals to many. Have a massage while you are there or stay in the hotel or one of their yurts.
Valley View Hot Springs, about 35 minutes south of Salida is the only one nearby that is clothing optional. Valley view hot springs are an oasis...with gravel bottoms and a place for wildlife to come, especially in the mornings and evenings. It is a rustic, beautify place for camping, soaking, hiking and mountain climbing. The most spectacular vistas come at dawn and dusk, since they are in the foothills with views to forever in every direction.
Not only are we a river town, a mountain town, a ski town, and a biking town, Salida Colorado Hot Springs add a lovely touch for those who want to end or begin the day with a leisurely soak in healing geothermal waters.
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Salida Colorado Hot Springs Enthusiasts: 5 Hot Springs to choose from