7 of the Most Incredible Hot Springs in Colorado
Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
Tucked amid the towering peaks of the Colorado Rockies are hidden gems hot springs resorts that are perfect for that weekend getaway that you’ve been craving. From fully-equipped resorts with lodging to more rustic, clothing optional set-ups, these natural hot springs are sure to deliver those amazing views and that rest and relaxation you’re looking for. We’ve put together a guide of the seven most incredible hot springs in Colorado to help you dip into the end of summer with a rejuvenating getaway.
1. Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Iron Mountain Hot Springs, nestled along the bank of the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, features incredible views of the surrounding mountains and the impressive Mt. Sopris situated just up river from the hot springs. Sixteen small, uniquely shaped pools are filled with 100% pure thermal, iron-rich, mineral water that flows up from deep below Iron Mountain with temperatures ranging from 98 to 108 degrees.
Children 5 and above can enjoy the soaking pools with an adult; however, these smaller pools are within a quiet zone to maintain a relaxing and peaceful ambiance. There is a large freshwater pool for all ages that is maintained at approximately 94 degrees. It also has a gently curving ramp to accommodate persons of limited mobility. The family pool also has an elevated whirlpool with waterfall, kept at about 103 degrees, where parents can relax and keep an eye on the kids.
If you get hungry, The Sopris Café serves lunch and dinner with a variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, flat-bread pizzas, smoothies, ice cream, and other snacks. It also has a selection of hot and cold beverages including beer, wine, and pre-mixed cocktails. The poolside Sandbar is open near the small hot pools and is open year-round.
The hot springs are open year round from 9am-10pm daily, and there is seasonal and annual pricing for adults and kids. While you’re visiting, spend the weekend and enjoy some thrill rides or a cave tour at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!
For more information and to plan your visit today, visit ironmountainhotsprings.com.
2. Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center
For the kid in all of us, this hot springs is more community pool than intimate soaking experience. With several large pools, waterslides and an obstacle course, the kids will be glad you came. Adults can find a more secluded spot away from the splashing and quietly enjoy the crisp mountain air and the rugged views of the box canyon that makes Ouray one of Colorado’s most scenic towns.
3. Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Surrounded by pristine forest and impeccably landscaped, this hot springs near Steamboat Springs is a true Colorado gem. The pools are all centrally located, so bathers can hop from pool to pool easily. Visitors can camp or stay in a rustic cabin or even in a renovated train caboose. Bathing suits are required until dusk, but when the sun sets the hot springs becomes clothing optional.
4. The Springs Resort & Spa
The property features luxury hotel rooms and more than two dozen pools along the San Juan River in the heart of Pagosa Springs. It feels more like a hot springs water park than a traditional hot springs, with waterfalls, a swimming pool, and other pools of various shapes and temperatures, from 83 to 114 degrees. The spring that feeds the resort is the deepest hot springs in the world; the mineral-rich water wells up from 1,002 feet below the surface.
5. Joyful Journey Hot Springs
The east side of Colorado’s San Luis Valley has five natural hot springs, and Joyful Journey is the place to go for a luxury spa experience. Mineral-rich water is pumped from far below to several man-made pools, ranging in temperature from 98 to 108 degrees, all of which offer stunning vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the near distance.
6. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Tucked amid the massive Collegiate Peaks of the Colorado Rockies is one of Colorado’s most family-friendly hot springs resorts. People have been “taking the waters” here since 1867, and the historic bath house reflects that history. Relax in the 105-degree Soaking Pool, swim laps in the 95-degree Exercise Pool, introduce the kids to the 400-foot waterslide, and enjoy some quiet serenity in the natural pools along Chalk Creek. Lodging is available.
7. Dunton Hot Springs
Situated on a deserted 1800s mining camp in the shadow of the San Juan Mountains, twelve fully restored cabins, a dining hall, chapel, library, bathhouse, and saloon welcome visitors looking for an upscale hot spring experience. Six soaking options range from a steamy, outdoor tub at the source, to indoor and outdoor soaking pools, and a private copper tub. Gourmet meals and wines can be enjoyed in your cabin, shared in the communal dining hall, or packed away for a picnic lunch retreat. Call ahead for rates and reservations.