If you’re looking for a hot spring experience on the Front Range, SunWater Spa and Healing Center is a great stop to make. Located in Manitou Springs, just outside of Colorado Springs, this destination offers a spot to relax and recover in mineral springs with a mountain view.

The water you’ll find at SunWater Spa is pumped into eight cedar pools (one private, seven public) at the facility from Manitou Springs’ famous Seven Minute Spring. This water has been naturally filtered through deep underground rock faults, which has infused it with a number of minerals. While the eight hot springs in Manitou all vary on their mineral makeup, the specific spring that feeds these pools is high in magnesium (said to help with bone formation, nerve conduction, blood pressure) and iron (helps the process that transports oxygen around the body).

Because cedar pools are used at SunWater, as water is heated to 100 to 104 degrees, it actually extracts cedar oil. According to SunWater Spa, this “unique process” is “essentially creating a cedar tea,” which promotes “healthy skin” and a “soothed respiratory system.” Believe it or not, this “cedar tea” effect actually impacts the color of the water too, as the spa mentions that water first changes to a yellowish tint and then a “rich dark red.”

Other offerings at SunWater include yoga classes, spa treatments, and more.

Price: A public soak is $25 for two hours, $35 for a day pass; Private pool is $35 per hour per person.


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