You may be aware of Colorado’s fresh mountain air, many beautiful parks, and its culture of outdoorsiness and exercise—all of which make it a near-perfect place to stay healthy. But did you know the state is also full of incredible hot springs?
Not only are hot springs beautiful and fun, but they can have major health benefits. Hot springs are filled with all kinds of nutrients, including iron, magnesium and zinc; these nutrients, mixed with hot temperatures, provide a soak that can heal and rejuvenate. In fact, hot springs are known for soothing everything from arthritis to schizophrenia to cancer.
Whether you need these small fountains of youth for healing or simply to unwind, here is a 15-hour tour of some of the best hot springs of Colorado. Happy relaxing!
1st stop: Hot Sulfur Springs
Start off getting a taste of Colorado’s natural beauty while soaking your worries away. These hot springs aren’t the typical swimming pool, but a rugged wonderland of rock and soothing waters.
Nearby restaurants such as Mama B’s and the Glory Hole both Traditional American restaurant are good places to eat lunch before trekking further to the next place to continue unwinding.
Open 8AM-10PM Every Day
Adult Age 12- Up: $18.50
Child under Age 3: Free
Child Age 3-Up: $11.50
Private Pools for 1 Adult: $16
Double Occupancy Rates: $108-$168
Cabin Rates: $195-$255
Apartment Rates:$175-$225 ( Up to 3 people.)
This is a great place to relax after skiing, horseback riding, hiking, or zip lining. These hot springs are nestled in a beautiful forest setting; soak your cares away in their 104-degree mineral pools while taking in the beauty around you. Alternatively (or additionally, if you’re up for it), you can enjoy a massage in one of their private huts or get Watsu therapy (a special form of water therapy conducted in warm water) in their private pool.
Check out Rootz vegetarian restaurant, known for its sustainability and wholesome food. Then keep truckin’ to Glenwood…
Open 10AM- 10:30PM Sunday-Thursday
No entry after 9:30
After dark, no entry for youth under 18
Adult 18-Up: $15
Youth Ages 3-17: $8
Child under 3: Free
Lodging: Call 970-879-0342 for information and to make reservations
3rd Stop: Glenwood Springs Resort
Glenwood has an enormous pool where you can soak away your woes. Though it can be crowded during the day, at night it’s wonderful and has a beautiful view of the stars (and a discounted rate). You can stay at the historical Hotel Colorado, where Teddy Roosevelt invented the Teddy Bear, or many other lodging options nearby.
Great restaurants in town include The Lost Cajun, The Italian Underground and Los Margaritas to name a few. Get ready, for tomorrow you’ll be driving a beautiful scenic route of Colorful Colorado to the next destination of deep relaxation.
Open every day
Peak Season: 7:30AM-10PM
Value Season: 9AM- 10PM
Adults Ages 13-Up: $15.75
After 9PM: $10.25
Children ages 3-12: $10.75
After 9PM: $9.25
Infant Ages 0-2: Free
Lodging nearby: Road Away Inn, Courtyard by Marriot, Quality Inn, Best Western Antlers, Glenwood Suites, Hampton Inn, Red Mountain Inn, and the Hotel Colorado to name a few.
4th stop: Great Sand Dunes Pool
This place is an actual oasis in the middle of the desert. There are numerous pools with different temperatures, including one with a gorgeous waterfall, along with a bar and grill. If you are traveling with kids, a large hot springs swimming pool is there for entertainment. What’s more, the Great Sand Dunes scenic vista is just a half hour away for your viewing pleasure.
March 1-Nov 30 10AM-10PM
Dec 1- Feb 28th 1PM-8PM
Closed every Thursday for maintenance
Adult Ages 13-Up : $12
Child Ages3-12: $8
Child Under Age 2: Free
Cabins $70-$80 a night
RV $30 a night + Tax
Tent $20 a night +tax
5th (and possible 6th) stop: Joyful Journeys
Located in Moffat, Joyful Journeys has five different pools along with accommodation in the form of yurts, teepees, and cabins.
If you are looking for something a little different and less…clothing-ish…you can drop by Valley View in Moffat, a clothing-optional resort out in nature.
The nearest restaurant by Joyful Journey’s and Valley View is the Desert Sage in Crestone, with traditional American-style eats. Other restaurants are located in Salida, around 45 minutes away with a number of different pizza parlors including Moonlight Pizza Pub and Mexican restaurants such as the Boathouse Cantina. Salida is a cute town to take an evening stroll with their niche shops and riverfront.
Open 9AM-10PM everyday
Adults Ages 15-Up: $15
Children Ages 4-14: $12
Senior Citizens Ages 65 and Up: $12
Teepees: $65-$85. Rate varies with additional adults, children and pets.
Hotel: $115-$224 Rate varies with additional adults, children and pets.
RV: $45-$70 Rate varies with additional adults, children and pets.
Camping: $45-$60 Rate varies with additional adults, children and pets.
Last stop: Cottonwood
If you want to keep trekking for your hot springs fulfillment (before turning in for the night), head to Cottonwood in Buena Vista. Only another hour away, this resort is known for their lodging options including cabins, camping, and a small hotel. The pools are close to Calypso Style and vary in temperature. To fill the belly, check out the House Rock Kitchen or the Simple Eatery and Spoon It Up.
Open 8AM-10PM every day
Children under age 16 not permitted after dark.
Child Under Age 16: $15
Hotel, Dormitory, Cabin and Tent Camping: View this link for details http://cottonwood-hot-springs.com/colorado/lodging/ Prices subject to change.