TOP 10 HOT SPRINGS IN COLORADO
Colorado has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hot springs resorts. Many parts of the state were originally settled by Native Americans who observed the healing powers of the warm water. Few experiences match up to the soaking in a hot springs pool (or river) underneath the stars as snow is falling from the sky. Many hot springs are conveniently and naturally located near Colorado's great ski resorts. This makes for a perfect apres ski (after ski) activity.
 
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INDIAN SPRINGS RESORT (IDAHO SPRINGS)

Indian Hot Springs is the closest hot springs resort to Denver, as it is located in Idaho Springs, just 30 miles west of the state capital. The resort has lodging, a spa, and several options for enjoying the hot springs. The covered pool is a family-friendly option as the temperature ranges from 90 to 100 degrees. For adults, check out the gender specific and clothing optional geo-thermal caves, where the water temperature reaches 112 degrees.

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PENNY HOT SPRINGS (CARBONDALE)

Penny Hot Springs is a locals' favorite near Carbondale and a 25-mile drive south of Glenwood Springs. Penny Hot Springs is totally undeveloped with no bathrooms or amenities of any kind. It is free to enter, but can get crowded, especially on winter weekends.

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HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS RESORT & SPA (HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS)

Hot Sulphur Springs is a popular destination for skiers from Winter Park and Ski Granby Ranch. The area was originally settled by Native Americans who believed in the healing powers of the hot springs. In addition to the hot springs, the resort includes the Pioneer Village Museum.

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MOUNT PRINCETON (NATHROP)

Located between Buena Vista and Salida, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is the perfect evening activity to rest your weary bones after tackling some river rapids down Royal Gorge and Browns Canyon. And set at the base of Mt. Princeton, one of Colorado’s prestigious collection of 53 mountains that reach higher than 14,000 ft altitude and aptly named “Fourteeners,” you can pair your relaxing getaway with an ambitious hike to the top. With traditional pools housing a slide and comfortable seating, this location is fun for families. However, the most memorable aspect of this warm getaway is the hot pools formed in the adjacent river where natural hot springs feed. Nestle between a few rocks and enjoy the surreal feeling of hot tubbing naturally in a Rocky Mountain river.

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COTTONWOOD HOT SPRINGS (BUENA VISTA)

Located in Buena Vista, the Cottonwood Hot Springs is a destination with lodging and massages. The quality of the water is exceptional and all-natural. There is no sulfur in the hot springs so you can avoid the smell.

This is the laid back and casual destination. If you are looking for fancy amenities, there are better options. However, if you are looking for an incredibly natural and relaxing environment, Cottonwood Hot Springs is tough to beat.

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CONUNDRUM HOT SPRINGS (ASPEN-ISH)

Hot springs are great for relaxing sore muscles, and you will definitely need it as Conundrum is only accessible by an intense 8.5 mile-hike (17 miles roundtrip). Conundrum is basically set up in the middle of the Colorado wilderness near Maroon Bells. The scenery is unbeatable and this natural spot is free to enter. Believe it or not, this site can get crowded during the summer.

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WIESBADEN HOT SPRINGS (OURAY)

Ouray is known as the "Switzerland of America" because of the dramatic mountains that rise above the town. Wiesbaden is a perfect fit as it has a European feel. Wiesbaden has a vapor cave at 108 degrees and an outdoor pool that ranges from 102 to 104 degrees.

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THE SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA (PAGOSA SPRINGS)

The under-visited cities of Durango and its neighbor Pagosa Springs deserve a lot more attention from Colorado locals than they currently get. Pagosa is a beautiful and quaint town that centers around a river. Main Street is peppered with unique restaurants, wineries, and breweries. While there are a few options for taking in the natural hot springs that the town rests upon, you can’t go wrong with splurging at The Springs Resort and Spa. They host 20 pools that sprinkle the edge of the stunning San Juan River and boast the “world’s deepest geothermal hot spring” but we recommend you avoid diving here. Time your visit with the ski season when you can tie in a visit to nearby Wolf Creek Ski Resort which consistently has the highest snowfall in the state.

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STRAWBERRY PARK HOT SPRINGS (STEAMBOAT)

Local Coloradans and visitors alike are told the same thing when they say they’re going to Steamboat: “you must go to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.” Because of this you’d think the crowds would be unbearable but the pools remain surprisingly manageable. The pools are chiseled into the mountain in such a picturesque way that you’ll find yourself battling with the urge to just take photos the whole time rather than take time to relax. After dark, children are not allowed because clothing is optional in the dim lighting, so if you want to check “skinny dipping” off your list this is your chance!

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IRON MOUNTAIN HOT SPRINGS (GLENWOOD SPRINGS)

Glenwood Springs is often noted for its hot springs offerings in the way of the gigantic family pool adjacent to the highway. While that pool, with its waterslide and diving board, is certainly a fun stop to make, the better option for adults is Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Located along the Colorado River are the 17 pools that Iron Mountain offers. With such a large inventory of offerings you’re bound to find a private pool for just the two of you to enjoy. As a VEBO Partner, Iron Mountain Hot Springs can be added to your wedding registry for a perfect post wedding gift to soak in. While you’re in Glenwood, consider visiting the one-of-a-kind amusement park at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (also operated by Iron Mountain, and also partnered with VEBO) for an unforgettable thrill-seeker’s experience.

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