Go Play: Soak up the soothing powers of Colorado’s hot springs
Special to the Free Press
Colorado’s natural hot springs offer a wondrous way to relax and soothe the soul.
While every hot spring offers the glory of bathing in a naturally warm pool, there are unique treasures that each destination boasts. Whether hot spring-goers are looking for a luxe-level resort, breathtaking mountain views, family-friendly fun or rustic serenity, the geothermally heated pools in Colorado are unforgettable.
BOX CANYON LODGE & HOT SPRINGS
Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs hot tubs are the perfect end to a fun-filled day of ice climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling in Ouray — or just a great respite after a “challenging” day of reading, napping and relaxing.
The tubs with temperatures ranging between 103 to 108 degrees provide spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains and don’t contain any sulfur, so it’s free of any unpleasant odor. The hot springs water — rich in sodium, manganese, iron, and sulfates — is not only good for the body, it is also good for the environment as this natural resource is used to heat the motel during the winter months.
DUNTON HOT SPRINGS
Tucked deep in the mountains of southwestern Colorado lays the beautifully restored 19th century ghost town and mineral hot springs. Just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs transports guests to an exclusive resort with unparalleled services, delicious food, uncompromised comfort and of course the leisure’s of its historic springs.
Dunton offers six ways to take to the waters, which range in temperature from 85 to 106 degrees. Not only memorable and soothing, these springs contain high mineral content that is therapeutic and helps to improve skin quality.
GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS
Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Home to the world’s largest hot springs pool, Glenwood Hot Springs is a celebrated landmark open year round, and daily until 10 p.m. Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the world-famous springs have been helping people feel wonderful for more than a century.
Visitors come to soak in the bathwater-warm, large and smaller therapy pool perfect for splashing, socializing, relaxing and swimming. With a focus on wellness, Glenwood Hot Springs is also home to the award-winning Spa of the Rockies offering massages, body treatments, facials and more. Continuing the spa-like ambiance, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge features 107 guest rooms.
MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS
Located in picturesque Nathrop between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, Mount Princeton Hot Springs provides unique lodging options, a variety of hot springs pools and pampering spa treatments. The resort is a gorgeous natural oasis surrounded by towering peaks and a perfect getaway with top amenities. Enjoy a one-day hot springs experience or relax with an overnight stay at this unique family friendly Colorado hot springs resort. Unlimited outdoor recreation is available for every interest and the variety of pools allows for hours of soaking and relaxing, or exercising and playing.
SAND DUNES SWIMMING POOL
This family-owned site in Hooper boasts two pools, a covered baby pool and a 25-person therapy pool all kept between a soothing 98 to 107 degrees year round. Featuring 150,000 gallons of odorless hot spring water, guests can soak away the stress and worries of life. San Dunes features RV hook-ups for those families who are on an extended vacation and want to take in the sights of the valley. Visitors can also dine at a gourmet concession stand that offers organic produce from the on-site greenhouse, adding to the rejuvenating experience.
STRAWBERRY PARK HOT SPRINGS
Steamboat Springs, Colo.
A foray to the rustic Strawberry Park Hot Springs near Steamboat Springs is sure to invigorate mind, body and soul. Nestled alongside Hot Springs Creek is the array of naturally fed and geothermally warmed springs nourishing to the spirit at 104 degrees. Guests will feel tranquil while unwinding in the picturesque wilderness as Steamboat’s famous Champagne Powder gently collects in the surrounding forest. Visitors can also enjoy a massage in one of the beautiful private huts or a watsu therapy in a private pool.
THE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA
Pagosa Springs, Colo.
A dip in one of the The Springs Resort and Spa’s 23 soaking pools, including the world’s deepest hot spring, heals and rejuvenates the body and soul. This resort in Pagosa Springs touts mineral rich waters with restorative elements that absorb in the skin throughout the soaking processes. While guests unwind they will be surrounded by pine-covered hills, rolling grassy meadows, and blue mountain lakes, and bordered on two sides by the dramatic peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The Resort also offers 79 guest rooms that include complimentary access to the soaking pools.
WAUNITA HOT SPRINGS RANCH
Located high in the Colorado Rockies near Gunnison, the Waunita Hot Springs Ranch is a remote lodge offering guests an unforgettable experience. Boasting one of the largest private swimming pools in Colorado completely fed by natural hot springs, the Waunita’s 95 degree pool and adjacent 100 degree hot tub is popular after a day of hiking, riding or other outdoor activities. Waunita Hot Springs is truly a special getaway with amazing food, cozy accommodations and the chance to soak away the pressures of everyday life.
For more information, visit http://www.colorado.com/articles/19-colorado-hot-springs-quick-guide.
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