Yes, the outdoors can be a place full of adventure and opportunities for an adrenaline rush. But equally, the outdoors can be a place for peace and rejuvenation. Check out our top 10 most relaxing places to visit in Colorado, and take a load off!

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10. Indian Hot Springs

This indoor hot springs is great for both summer and winter trips. Indian Hot Springs has private caves with natural springs up to 106°F as well as a public hot spring.

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9. Pikes Peak Cog Railway

This 8.9-mile trip to the 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak in a historic train is the perfect way to get away from it all. The train takes you high above tree line where the air is clear and the views are unbeatable.

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8. Treasure Falls

Between Pagosa Springs and South Fork, Treasure Falls can be seen from the parking lot, only 0.25-miles away from the base of the falls. Up close, Treasure Falls cascades over rocks, creating a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a warm, summer afternoon.

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7. Lost Lake

For a quiet relaxing hike, make sure to visit Lost Lake. This four-hour round trip hike is about 10 miles outside of Vail and has many gorgeous overlooks.

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6. Glenwood Hot Springs

One of the most popular tourist locations in Glenwood, the hot springs are located in rustic downtown Glenwood. During the winter, this is an especially magical spot as the hot springs create lovely fog covering the air.

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5. Strawberry Park Hot Springs

About five miles outside of downtown Steamboat Springs, the Strawberry Park Hot Springs has incredible views of the stars, especially late at night. Be careful as you drive up, as the roads to the hot springs are steep and curvy.

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4. Fish Creek Falls

Only a quarter of a mile from the parking lot, Fish Creek Falls lies hidden in the Routt County National Forest. This beautiful waterfall is accessible even during the winter, much to the delight of local ice climbers.

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3. Dillon Reservoir

Local ski areas and the beautiful Rocky Mountains surround this five-square mile reservoir. During the winter, Dillon Reservoir is a favorite location for ice fishers.

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2. Bear Lake

In one of the most beautiful locations in Colorado, Bear Lake is a great takeoff point for some of Rocky Mountain National Park’s greatest trails. Make sure to visit early as Estes Park gets especially busy during the summer.

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Rocky Mountain National Park - Bear Lake. Photo Credit: Jeff Spotts.
Rocky Mountain National Park – Bear Lake. Photo Credit: Jeff Spotts.

1. Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado. Combined with the natural beauty of Telluride, an early morning hike to this waterfall is a quiet and perfect way to start to your day in the San Juan Mountains.

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