Located about five miles from downtown Buena Vista on County Road 306, Cottonwood Hot Springs is a favorite for hikers, bikers, and mountaineers looking for an affordable place to soak, sleep, and enjoy spa services like Reiki, body scrubs, Swedish massage, and even a Tarot card reading! Five communal outdoor soaking pools with temperatures ranging from 94 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit are open to day soakers and overnighters, and private Jacuzzi tubs are available for rent by the hour. Accommodations include a bunkhouse, a lodge, a guesthouse, and private cabins with their own private soaking tubs. Be sure to call ahead for rates, hours, and reservations.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul