Colorado is known for its stunning landscape, year round sunshine, and outdoor lifestyle for every season. There is never a bad time to visit and the natural hot springs scattered throughout the region are just one of the many ways natives and visitors alike enjoy spending their time. Whether looking for a luxurious resort for a long weekend or the nearest natural hot spring to rejuvenate mid week, there is something for everyone. Here is a list of the top hot springs in Colorado:
Aspen, CO: Conundrum Hot Springs can only be reached from an eight and a half mile hike up Conundrum Creek Trail into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Camping is allowed and clothing optional in any of the water pods roughly about 100 degrees.
Buena Vista, CO: The Cottonwood Hot Springs offers a variety of pools reaching temperatures up to 110 degrees. An area once used by the Ute Indians, the water is believed to have medicinal healing properties.
Carbondale, CO: Penny Hot springs is a free natural hot spring located along the Crystal River. A short hike down the river is required but worth it. Large granite cliffs mark the on either side mark the area.
Crystal River Valley, CO: Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs is perfect for a weekend getaway anytime of the year. The three cascading springs are situated in the beautiful Crystal River Valley. See website for hours and reservations.
Idaho Springs, CO: Indian Hot Springs & Lodge has a large main indoor mineral pool averaging tempuratures between 90 and 100 degrees as well as geo-thermal caves, outdoor Jacuzzis, private baths, and a detoxing mud bath. Historical lodging or camping available by reservation.
Durango, CO: Trimble Hot Springs, though one of the smaller resorts, is great for families. With a lawn area for get together and available lodging, this olympic sized mineral pool is just five minutes from downtown Durango.
Glennwood Springs, CO: Glennwood Hot Springs is the largest hot spring pool in the world and one of the most popular attractions in Colorado. If your desire is a more unique experience, try Yampa Spa and Vapor Caves across the street. The caves are located underground and make up three separate chambers for soaking in the hot 110 degree water. For a more secluded soak, park your car and hike up to South Canyon Hot Springs. Click the links for details.
Hooper, CO: The Sand Dunes Pool has a large outdoor pool fed by natural spring water. A smaller pool is available inside and the picnic and lounge area is perfect for families.
Hot Sulpher Springs, CO: With 21 different hot mineral pools, Hot Sulpher Hot Springs is worth the Drive. An indoor mineral lap pool and locker rooms are available. The year round resort is located between Kremmling and Granby along off of highway 40.
Moffat, CO: Joyful Journey Hot Springs is a secluded resort known for minimal crowds and the perfect stop after a day of skiing at Wolf Creek or Monarch Mountain. Featuring three mineral pools and the option to lodge in a ti-pi or yurt for a one of a kind stay.
Nathrop, CO: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs offers two pools, one cool enough for swimming, and multiple natural springs along the creek. Visitors can stay in one of the many lodging options and enjoy the fine dining restaurant located in the main building.
Ouray, CO: Ouray Hot Springs is family friendly with a designated area for kids. Similar to Glennwood Hot Springs, the outdoor pool is sectioned off for different purposes. Conveniently located near many attractions for a day of fun.
Pagosa Springs, CO: Pagosa Springs has multiple spots for soaking in the natural waters but The Springs Resort & Spa is by far the largest. Recently renovated, the facility is among the most luxurious hot springs in the state.
Penrose, CO: Dakota Hot Springs is just west of pueblo and about a 45 minute drive from Colorado Springs. Although the facility is bare bones, its a relaxing and affordable spot to soak your muscles before heading home. Swimsuits are optional except for Tuesdays.
Steamboat Springs, CO: Old Town Hot Springs is a modern resort located in downtown Steamboat Springs. Featuring eight hot mineral pools, a children's pool, lap swim, and water slides, this resort is great for families. For a more rustic setting try Strawberry Park Hot Springs just outside of town.
Villa Grove, CO: Valley View Hot Springs offers visitors convenient springs for soaking or the option to hike to more secluded pools. Not as "glamorous" as many of the other facilities but known to be a favorite among Coloradans for its authentic wildlife atmosphere.
With too many Hot springs to list, check out mycoloradolife.com and coloradodirectory.com for more locations and hot springs in Colorado. Share your favorite hot springs to visit and any secret spots you came across while exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.