Salida Colorado Hot Springs Enthusiasts: 5 Hot Springs to Choose From

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Salida Colorado Hot Springs: Cottonwood Hot Springs near Buena Vista COSalida 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!







Salida Colorado Hot Springs: Salida Pool


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.


Salida Colorado Hot Springs: Mount Princeton Hot Springs near Nathrop


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.

Salida Colorado Hot Springs: Cottonwood Hot Springs near Buena Vista COCottonwood 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, Near Salida Colorado

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 near Salida CO


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.

We have provided a link For those looking for Homes for Sale in Salida Colorado if our lifestyle and location appeal to you. 

Salida Colorado Hot Springs Enthusiasts: 5 Hot Springs to choose from


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Specializing in homes and land in the Colorado river towns of Salida, Howard, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Nathrop, Poncha Springs  and Buena Vista, I am here to work for you as you buy or sell your home or land. 


It is not just about buying in this area. it is a statement about lifestyle. Our residents generally are active people, whether it involves horses (my passion), white water rafting, cross county or downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or Contra dancing. Some prefer quiet sunrises, strolls through town and time in one of our fabulous coffee shops or restaurants. Whatever the style, folks appreciate this area for its charm and beauty.


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Our Colorado Mountain river communities: A Snapshot


Salida ColoradoSalida:  As quoted in the 2004 edition of Outside Magazine, Salida is “Sweetly unpretentious” as they ranked it as one of their “Dream Towns and Adventure Hideouts.” You might agree. Our community of 6,500 (9700 counting the surrounding homes) is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM lands, a haven for bicyclists, campers, folks who love to fish, hikers, skiers, nature photographers and hunters. It is a lovely natural setting with several converging mountain ranges  (We have15 peaks surrounding us that reach over 14,000 feet in elevation).

 We are known for being the Banana Belt of Colorado and this area is known as one of the Colorado River Towns. The Arkansas River winds its way through the Arkansas Valley, through downtown Salida and more; creating an invitation to rafters, kayakers, fishers, and “beach lovers” alike.

 Salida’s charming downtown area had the largest historical downtown district in Colorado. We have blocks and blocks of Victorian and other historic buildings. Because so many folks also come here to play, we have many of the advantages of a smaller resort town: great restaurants, 22 art galleries, fabulous boutiques, outdoor sportswear stores, and an array of shops for music, kitchen, sports, natural foods, children, books, knitters, and quilters.



 Real Estate in Salida CO


Poncha Springs COPoncha Springs: Poncha Springs is a small Salida “bedroom community” (population of 474 but a few thousand when you consider the outlying neighborhoods and ranches). Because it was surrounded  by hot springs (99 nearby) and had a strong early  influence of Spanish culture, the community became known as  Poncho (meaning cape and warmth) Springs. In 1924, the town officially became Poncha Springs.


Real Estate in Poncha Springs


 Howard ColoradoHoward: Howard, part of what is known as Pleasant Valley, is nestled along the Arkansas River as it snakes its way from Salida to Canon City. Some of the early settlers in the area were prospectors (some still pan for gold in the tributaries of the Arkansas).  Besides gold and silver, rhyolite, travertine, and limestone were sought after. Just a bit north of Howard is a tiny community of Wellsville where the locals used to soak on their time off in the natural hot pools. The area became more populated when the Rio Grande Railroad came through. Today, Howard is a charming, quiet ranch community and “bedroom Community” for folks who work in Salida. Many avid fly fishing folks have 2nd homes here. I love this valley.


Real Estate in Howard CO  


Coaldale Colorado


Coaldale: Coaldale, a tiny community just SE of Howard opens up into a lovely, meadow-like area with many horse properties, ranches, and folks who like the open meadows and surrounding mountains. It got its name from being called Charcoal Valley. In the early days, the Pinon Pines were burnt in beehive kilns to turn them into coals used for the silver smelters in Leadville Co and Pueblo CO. Some of the early kilns can still be seen. Every valley in Coaldale has a creek in it and with just a few minutes drive to the west, you can be on national forest trails. Absolutely lovely community.


 Real Estate in Coaldale CO


This image can be found at Cotopaxi, named after an Ecuadorian Volcano, grew from being a “whistle stop” for the Rio Grande railroad. Now it is known for world class white water rafting and fly fishing. Folks who live around here can commute for work to either Canon City, further east or back to is almost midway between the two. Cotopaxi is a great location for vacation/second home or your primary residence if you don’t mind the commute or can work from home.




Real Estate in Cotopaxi CO


This image can be found at  Nathrop, a quiet community north of Salida has always been known as the access point to Mount Princeton Hot Springs. To this day, folks come to soak in the restorative waters. It is my personal favorite in hot springs because the 104-degree water not only comes into the soaking and lap pools but comes out in Chalk Creek, running alongside the pools. I can spend all day there with a book, adjusting the rocks so that the water is neither hot nor cold. Lovely. Many folks choose to live in the area because of access to the hot springs and national forest.





Real Estate in Nathrop CO


This image can be found at Vista: Buena Vista was named after it’s stunning 360-degree views. Folks originally settled here because of the gold mining. Later, families began farming and ranching as they discovered the good soil in the area. The stagecoach and subsequent railroad brought more families to the area. With a population of about 2500 people, the town remains quiet and gracious. It is known as the best kept secret place to stay for folks skiing at the premier resorts near Denver and Aspen…because the town is so friendly and hotel rates are inexpensive. It is a few miles from Cottonwood Creek Hot Springs and Mt. Princeton.


Real Estate in Buena Vista Colorado


Crestone...beginning of the sunsetCrestone: Unique, magical and beautiful are words that tumble out of my mouth when I think of Crestone. The tiny town proper is 150 and the surrounding area is no more than 1500 when everyone is home. The magic of Crestone however, is its history. Early on, a rancher was instructed to bequeath parcels of his ranch to spiritual groups around the world which he did. It is now known for having the most diverse spiritual community in the world. Spiritual seekers in North America eventually hear about Crestone. And, it generally takes knowing a local or more than one visit for the fullness of the area to emerge…the 5 creeks heading up into the Sangre de Cristos, the temples hidden in the trees, the lovely residents and the “happening”. The local newspaper, the Crestone Eagle, has calendars of event for local happenings that rival a town 10 times its size. If you want a sanctuary, Crestone offers just that.


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Debbie Laity
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The last time I stayed in Salida, our hotel had a hottub with mineral spring water. It was wonderful. You did a really nice job with this blog. Thanks for this wonderful information.

Jul 21, 2012 11:25 AM #1
Paula Bradfield
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Debbie, I didn't know the hotels had you remember which one it was? Thank you wrt the blog.. it took about 6 hours but is timeless, I believe. Have a good sunday/


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