The best hot springs in Colorado are
Dunton Hot Springs
If you’re looking for cozy, Dunton is one for you! Hand- hewn log cabins, a life-worn saloon serving your food, pampering massages, and hot sulphur springs beneath the snow banks. Enjoy the countryside and their local organic wine.
While in Mesa Verde Country, hike and explore over 6,000 ancient Ancestral Puebloans’ dwellings at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. And don’t miss a visit to the world-renowned Mesa Verde National Park.
For more information visit the Dunton Resort website.
Photos: Courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa
The “Great Pagosah Spring” which feeds hot water to 23 soaking mineral pools of the Springs Resort has won the Guinness World Record title of The World’s Deepest Geothermal Hot Spring. Measured at an astounding 1002 feet deep. The actual depth is still a mystery as during every measurement the plumb line ran out before touching the bottom.
The natural hot spring gets its name from the Native American tribes who discovered the spring’s therapeutic and healing properties. They called the cauldron Pag-Osah or, “Healing Waters”.
Soak in any of the 23 individual pools and pamper yourself with spa treatments. If it’s activity you seek, the nearby Wolf Creek Ski Area boasts the most snow in Colorado – over 268 inches so far this season!
For more information visit the Springs Resort website.
Photos: Courtesy of Pagosa Hot Springs
The source of Glenwood Hot Springs is the Yampah spring produces over 3 million gallons of mineral water per day. And at a temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit – it is one of the hottest sulphur springs in the world. Before it enters Glenwood Hot Springs’ two pools, the water is cooled down to 104 degrees for the resort’s hot tub-like Therapy Pool. And it’s cooled even further to around 90 degrees for the gigantic main pool with the water slide.
In winter, you can ski or snowboard down the nearby Sunlight mountain or take a snowmobile tour of the pristine back country trails. In summer, raft on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon, visit the Caverns park or trek to the nearby Hanging Lake.
For more information visit Glenwood website.
Photos: Courtesy of Glenwood Resort
One of Glenwood Springs’ most unusual attractions is also one of its most historic. The underground vapor-filled caverns at the Yampah Spa were originally used by the Ute Indians for both healing and rituals. The Yampah Vapor Caves are one of the few known natural vapor caves in North America.
The Yampah spring is the source of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. And its deep underground mineral-rich steam seeps into three subterranean chambers and fills them with hot steam. Relax and inhale the healing vapors on the marble benches in the spa rooms. Or step outside for a dose of fresh, cool mountain air on an outdoor deck.
For more information visit the Yampah Spa website.
Photos: Courtesy of Glenwood Resort
Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Your search for that just-right soak ends here. With sixteen small, naturally shaped pools filled with thermal mineral waters that range in temperature from 99 to 108°F. The temperatures vary from pool to pool to for a variety of soaking indulgences. And the pools are connected with heated walkways around the hot sulphur springs to keep you warm.
Among attractions nearby, the White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation. With 2.3 million acres for recreation, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the national forest surrounding Glenwood Springs.
At the base of the Chalk cliffs, on the banks of the creek lies Mt Princeton Resort offers a historic bath house. Japanase-style cascading pools, rock lined soaking areas next to the creek, an exercise pool and a spa. The relaxing waters run at temperature of 90-105 degrees.
Activities in winter include skiing on Monarch Mountain and Ski Cooper, snow mobiling across the valley, and a thrilling dog sled ride through the San Isabel National Forest. In summer, enjoy whitewater rafting & kayaking on the nearby Arkansas River, rent an off road ATV or jeep and get on one of the hundreds of off-road trails in the area, or take a zip line tour at the aerial adventure park.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest – offering an incredible playground for people who enjoy the outdoors.
For more information visit Mt Princeton website.
Photos: Courtesy of Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Waunita Hot Springs
Located high up in the Colorado Rockies and surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest land, Waunita is a laid-back ranch resort filled with fun activities for the entire family. Promising that home-away-from-home feeling with a roaring fire, family meals, a relaxing hot springs spa, and a soothing 95 degrees warm pool in a remote ranch setting.
Among the activities offered, there’s horseback riding, vehicle trips to the high country, overnight campouts, hiking and rafting along with hayrides, farm animal petting and activities planned especially for kids, accompanied by the Ranch children’s counselor. For skiers, Waunita offers easy access to two popular and nearby ski areas – Monarch Mountain and Crested Butte.
For more information visit the Waunita Ranch website.
Photos: Courtesy of Waunita Ranch
Tips for soaking in hot springs in Colorado
- Before you book your hot springs experience, be aware of seasonal surges in pricing and plan in advance.
- Most spas will have restrooms and changing rooms, some of them will have heated walkways for winter travelers.
- Pick a temperature you can handle. The mineral pools at hot sulphur springs will run between 90-120 degrees. Decide if you and children will be comfortable in the hot water before picking a pool to soak in.
- Early risers will find peaceful spots to indulge in soaking pools across Colorado.
- Wear sunscreen before you get into the hot springs and reapply when necessary.
- Drink plenty of water and limit your alcoholic beverages while in a hot spring. The hot water coupled with the sun and elevation can wear you out.
- Wear robes if you have them. Plenty of hot springs in Colorado have relaxing areas and chairs to lounge in before or after you get into the soaking pools.
- Wear boots in the winter because the trail to the changing rooms and pools may get snowy.
- The hot sulphur springs can tarnish your jewelry. So leave those precious items back at the hotel before you make your way down to a hot spring in Colorado.
This article was originally published on February 23, 2016 and has been updated for information.