Joyful Journey Hot Springs

Joyful Journey Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Joyful Journey Hot Springs.

The east side of Colorado’s San Luis Valley has five natural hot springs. Some are rustic and clothing optional. Some are kid-filled swimming pools. One has alligators in it. 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.

Pro Tips

  • Lithium and other minerals in the water can make you sleepy, so why not stay a night? The hot springs offers hotel rooms or, for those looking to “rough it,” yurts and teepees. Don’t worry, it’s not really roughing it, and it comes with breakfast.
  • Craving a massage but short on cash? No problem. The $55 Joyful Scrub is the perfect option— 30 minutes of coconut sugar scrubbing that will leave your skin feeling like smooth silk.
  • Recommended season(s): The hot springs is open year-round.

    —R. Scott Rappold


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