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.
Recommended season(s): The hot springs is open year-round.
—R. Scott Rappold