Top 5 Colorado Hot Springs Soaking Spots

Colorado is blessed with lots of healing waters. Here are our picks for après-anything soaking.


Glenwood Hot Springs (Courtesy Photo)

1. Glenwood Springs

Three hours west of Denver on I-70, this historic resort at the intersection of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers was once a rough-and-tumble place, hosting guests as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt and Al Capone. Before them, Ute Indians resided here, wintering by the large natural hot pool and steam caves. They called the mineral waters yampah, which translates to “big medicine.” Nowadays, the area is full of amenities, plus opportunities for outdoor adventure in every direction. The main attractions remain the Hot Springs Pool (more than 2 blocks long) and Yampah Spa Vapor Caves. Info:

Strawberry Park Hot Springs Colorado

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

2. Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Head 7 miles north of Steamboat Springs to find this series of outdoor soaking pools with an au natural feel. While some hot springs are reminiscent of a swimming pool, here you’ll bask in rocky grottoes surrounded by evergreens; massage and watsu body therapy round out the experience. Note: at night, it’s adults-only and bathing suit optional ( looking for something a little more kid-friendly? head to Old Town Hot Springs in downtown Steamboat, which features waterslides and a climbing wall (

Hot Sulphur Springs Resort Pool, Courtesy Photo

Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa (Courtesy Photo)

3. Hot Sulphur Springs

This quiet complex west of Grand Lake features a series of small, soothing pools, some blazingly hot. We like moving from warm to roasting, then going back the other way and finishing off with a tingling-cold shower. We also recommend the Canyon Motel on the main drag (I-40) in town. It’s a modest looker inside and out, but it is one of the friendliest places we’ve ever slept, thanks to an owner who goes the extra mile. More info:,


Pagosa Hot Springs

4. Pagosa Springs

Also favored by the Utes, this area’s name comes from the tribe’s word for “healing waters.” Located 20 minutes from New Mexico, the town is surrounded by millions of acres of pristine wilderness, national forest, and ranch land. The hot springs complex has a hotel and spa, and the 22 pools overlook the San Juan River (some from feet away). Try the waterfall pool, where a good pounding from the falling water provides delightful therapy for sore shoulders. Info:

Conundrum Hot Spring. Photo by Flickr BloomsEyeView ( Zak Bloom)

Conundrum Hot Spring. Photo by Flickr BloomsEyeView ( Zak Bloom)

5. Conundrum Hot Springs

No crowds, no chemicals, no fee, and they’re the most scenically blessed hot springs in Colorado. So what’s the catch? To get to these pools above 11,000 feet in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, you must hike 8.5 miles on rugged trail. Google a photo of the place though, and you’ll see why it’s become a pilgrimage site for backpackers. Hiking directions and map:


Ready to take a dip? Sign up for our free trip planner kit for more information on visiting the Rocky Mountain region.


Comment Feed

7 Responses

  1. I love it when individuals come together and share ideas.

    Great site, stick with it!

  2. I have been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.

    Personally, if all site
    owners and bloggers made good
    content as you did, the internet will be
    a lot more useful than ever before.

  3. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your content seem
    to be running off the screen in Opera.

    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let
    you know.
    The design look great though!
    Hope you get the issue resolved soon.

    Many thanks

  4. It runs from Madison Square (23d St.) for the Madison Bridge in the Harlem River (138th St.). inside big apple New York City: see Ny, city. Ny. Tanzania. Tailandia. Togo. In lots of ways Nantucket could be the designerlabel island with all the Northeast, the Ralph Lauren of islands. Absolutely every inch of Nantucket wil attract. The town of Nantucket itself, when the ferry docks, is usually a webwork of cobbled streets lined with huge old elm trees, gas lamps, and historic buildings.

  5. Buy the latest ladies Barbour Jackets online.100% authentic and fast &free shipping.

  6. It did not mention Valley View Hot Springs (aka Orient Land Trust). It’s located between Alamosa & Villa Grove, south Colorado. They have camping and cabins, several pools on the mountain, a large man-made pool, history – great place!!

    AnonymousMarch 14, 2014 @ 6:26 pm
  7. You left out Mt Princeton between Salida and Buena Vista. What a snub. Better water than Glenwood and better scenery too.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.