You won’t find many soaking experiences as serene and lovely as a visit to Strawberry Park Hot Springs in the hills above Steamboat Springs in northwest Colorado. Surrounded by pristine forest and impeccably landscaped, this hot 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 all bets are off.
- Pets are strictly prohibited, so leave the dogs at home.
- Nearby Steamboat Ski Area is one of Colorado’s finest—it is in fact where the phrase “champagne powder” was coined. Make it a part of your visit to the area and soak weary legs after a day on the slopes.
- You’ll need tire chains or a four-wheel-drive vehicle to reach the springs in winter. You can also, for a small fee, hire a shuttle from town.
Recommended season(s): The hot springs is open year-round.
—R. Scott Rappold