Colorado is known for its rugged beauty and limitless outdoor adventures, but the natural hot springs of the state are a great way to relax after a day of adventure, or unwind after the work week. Hot springs come in all different shapes and sizes, with some being built into miniature resorts, while others are untouched by man-made structures and remain just as they were formed. Here’s a list of our favorite hot springs in Colorado to check out on a day trip or weekend getaway.
1. Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a majestic blend of natural beauty combined with rustic architecture to create an oasis in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. The four pools that make up the resort are lined with stone masonry and are cleaned by the park staff twice a week. Along with the pools, there are heated change rooms and restrooms, as well as an on-site concession stand. Lodging is also available within the park, with tent camping and cabin options available for overnight visitors. Strawberry Park is approximately 20 minutes north of Steamboat Springs and is open year-round for visitors.
2. Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
Boasting the largest outdoor mineral hot springs pool on the planet, Glenwood Hot Springs is a family-friendly resort fed by the Yampah Spring. Along with the main pool, Glenwood also offers the Sopris splash zone for kids, cabana rentals for breaks from the water, and a therapy pool for maximum relaxation. The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is directly adjacent to the pools, allowing visitors several premium lodging options, as well as accommodation and activity packages. The Glenwood Springs Resort is directly adjacent to I-70 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and is a fantastic option to visit while on skiing, hiking, or biking vacations in the area.
3. The Springs Resort & Spa, Pagosa Springs
If you like options, you’ll love the Pagosa Springs Resort & Spa. With 25 different pools sourced from the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, visitors can lounge in the cooler pools which range at about 50 degrees, or tip-toe their way into the 114 degree Lobster Pot Pool. The Springs Resort offers several great stay & play options for adventures on and along the San Juan River, and also offer membership options for unlimited access to water-based wellness. Pagosa Springs is in southwest Colorado at the intersection of Hwy 160 and Hwy 84.
4. Radium Hot Springs
For those looking for a more primitive hot spring without the resort feel, Radium Hot Springs are a great option. The pools at Radium Hot Springs are also a bit cooler than most, with temperatures hovering around 80-85 degrees, and are found in a completely natural state, with no man-made alterations. Radium’s main pool is located right along a slower-moving portion of the Colorado River near Bond, Colorado and is accessed via a 1.3-mile trail. Camping options are available near the springs for those looking to make a multi-day trip to enjoy the radiant energy and natural therapeutic waters of the Radium Springs.
5. Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
Located in the Redstone Historic District, Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs offers majestic views and a cozy atmosphere in its tiered pools that cascade down the Crystal River Valley. Avalanche Ranch offers various amenities on its 36-acre property, and has lodging and private event space for up to 75 people. Avalanche Ranch strives to offer the ultimate Colorado experience and offers activities and entertainment throughout the week to further embed the western lifestyle into its visitors.
With all these beautiful hot springs waiting to be experienced, Colorado is a great place to explore for first-time visitors and long-time locals alike. If you’re considering moving to Colorado, or looking to relocate within the area, I’m happy to help you on your journey to the perfect home in the Centennial State. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have about Colorado real estate, or click here to see all of the current listings.