Desert Reef Hot Springs

You don’t have to drive hours into the mountains to relax in a natural hot springs pool. Desert Reef is proof of that. Located near Florence – an area more known for its federal prisons than swimming – the hot spring that bubbles up from more than 1,000 feet below the surface was discovered during oil exploration in the 1940s. The facility is more like a community pool than a pristine hot springs, except swimsuits are optional. There are more natural-feeling hot springs out there, but not within a 45-minute drive of Colorado Springs.

Pro Tips

    • Plan to soak a lot? Buy an annual membership.
    • Not into public nudity? Visit on a Friday, when bathing suits are required.

Recommended season(s): Year-round. The spring water is blended to be cool in the summer and hot in the winter.

R. Scott Rappold

Website

http://desertreefhotspring.com/

Summary

You don’t have to drive hours into the mountains to relax in a natural hot springs pool. Desert Reef is proof of that. Located near Florence – an area more known for its federal prisons than swimming – the hot spring that bubbles up from more than 1,000 feet below the surface was discovered during oil exploration in the 1940s. The facility is more like a community pool than a pristine hot springs, except swimsuits are optional. There are more natural-feeling hot springs out there, but not within a 45-minute drive of Colorado Springs.

Pro Tips

    • Plan to soak a lot? Buy an annual membership.
    • Not into public nudity? Visit on a Friday, when bathing suits are required.

Recommended season(s): Year-round. The spring water is blended to be cool in the summer and hot in the winter.

R. Scott Rappold

Hours of Operation

Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm; Friday: 10 am- 10 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Closed Monday for cleaning, Tuesday and Thursday - for private parties only.

Average Temperature

94° F - 96° F

Admission Fee

Yearly Memberships:
Family: $260.00
Singles: $200.00
Daily Use Fee: $5.00
Guests with a Member: $15
Non-Member Fees: $20
Military/Vets with ID $15
Private Parties and Events: $300.00/ 4 hrs
Splash Cards: $90.00/ 6 soaks

Clothing Required

Clothing optional

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