Colorado has an amazing range of natural springs for visitors and locals to enjoy. Some are closer to civilization, and others are off the beaten path. No matter what type of amenities you seek, Colorado natural springs have them. But before you jump in the car to begin your relaxing stay, take a moment to read through some of the fantastic places you can go.
We collected a list of 30 natural springs in the state and where they are located. That way, you can narrow down your journey.
1. Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
This cozy hot springs opened in 1878, so when you visit it, you get to step back in history! Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa is located just outside of Buena Vista and is nestled in the San Isabel National Forest. When you spend time here, you get stunning views of the Collegiate Peaks.
2. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is located in Nathrop, between Salida and Buena Vista. It has multiple natural and man-made pools plus a waterslide. Plus, there is a bonus attraction. The Historic Bathhouse opened in 1867.
3. Strawberry Park Hot Springs
One of the most popular natural springs in the state is in Steamboat Springs. At Strawberry Park Hot Springs, you need to hike to the pools. But since it sits on the river, the view and effort are worth it. Cabins and tent spots are available should you decide to stay the night.
4. Valley View Hot Springs
This option is spring-fed and located in an off-grid spot near Moffat. You have to work for it to reach the pools that dot the trail. However, some are on a hillside with phenomenal views.
5. Iron Mountain Hot Springs
As you may guess from the name, Glenwood Springs is home to many natural springs in Colorado. One of those is Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which boasts sixteen geothermal pools on the banks of the Colorado River. Since there are so many options, there’s room for all visitors.
6. The Springs Resort & Spa
Over in Pagosa Springs, you will find geothermal pools on the banks of a river. The Springs Resort & Spa offers on-site accommodations so you can enjoy unobstructed stargazing after relaxing all day.
7. Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs
Visit Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs for unmatched views of Mount Sopris. This spot has three waterfall-fed hot springs and on-site accommodations, so you don’t have to leave after you’ve soaked your cares away.
8. Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Head to the western slope for a real treat. Historic Durango has more to offer than just mining history. The Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa took natural springs up a notch. So book a stay if you want to experience true luxury.
9. Ouray Hot Springs
Ouray sits high in the Colorado mountains and offers some of the most spectacular views. It is also home to countless hot springs. One of those is Ouray Hot Springs, situated in a canyon surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains. There are even some waterslides for kids.
10. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Another historic natural spring in the state is in Glenwood Springs. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool opened in 1888. It boasts two mineral pools – one is hotter, and one is warmer for families.
11. Hot Sulphur Springs
Experience gorgeous mountain views at Hot Sulphur Springs, located in Hot Sulphur Springs. It has seven outdoor pools fed by underwater mineral water.
12. Old Town Hot Springs
Make your way to Steamboat Springs for a true treat. Old Town Hot Springs is ideal for families. On top of the natural springs, it features swimming pools and waterslides for the kids (or the kids at heart).
13. Orvis Hot Springs
Orvis Hot Springs is in Ridgway, Colorado, and offers a natural retreat for those looking to escape the busy city life. This natural retreat isn’t for everyone, though. Clothing is optional here, and the springs are untreated water.
14. Joyful Journey Hot Springs
The name of Joyful Journey Hot Springs certainly describes the experience it offers. It sits in the heart of San Luis Valley. Visitors can expect private and public options. Additionally, there are a variety of on-site accommodations, including yurts!
15. Waunita Hot Springs Ranch
Out in Gunnison National Forest is a lovely retreat. Waunita Hot Springs Ranch has large pools, on-site lodging, and a slew of other activities to keep you busy on your vacation.
16. Twin Peaks Hot Springs
Another option in Ouray is Twin Peaks Hot Springs. It is a hotel rather than a natural, outdoor environment. Visitors will find multiple pools awaiting them.
17. Alpine Hot Spring Hideaway
Find a secluded oasis outside of Nathrop. Alpine Hot Springs Hideaway. Its name definitely describes the experience you’ll get as you escape the crowds that head to larger and more popular spots.
18. Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
One of the amazing finds in Colorado sits in Salida, Colorado. Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center sounds like an indoor facility because it is! It is also the largest in the United States. Here, you will enjoy private and public pools fed by underground mineral water roughly 8 miles down the road.
19. Conundrum Hot Springs
You must get in line early to spend time at Conundrum Hot Springs. It sits high up in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, at over 11,000 feet. There are no facilities, but you will likely want to stay since it takes a hike to reach it. Be aware that a permit is required for these hot springs due to their popularity.
20. Indian Hot Springs
Idaho Springs is right off I-70 on the way deep into the Colorado Rockies. And right in the heart of town is Indian Hot Springs. This indoor spring has a tropical summer atmosphere. It has a larger public pool and gender-specific caves, so you can choose what you like.
21. Aqua Hot Spring
A lovely retreat called Aqua Hot Spring is situated between Salida and Buena Vista. But don’t head out there on a whim. This secluded spot is private and exclusive. Plus, it requires a cabin rental to stay overnight.
22. Rainbow Hot Springs
Rainbow Hot Springs sits at the end of a hike in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness Area. There are two stunning and relaxing pools right on the San Juan River.
23. Radium Hot Springs
Near Kremling, Colorado, there is a must-see primitive spot called Radium Hot Springs. You can only reach it via a hike or a raft trip.
24. Dakota Hot Springs
Dakota Hot Springs is a treat since it doesn’t smell like sulfur. But there are no kids allowed since clothing is optional. It is near Penrose. And camping is available if you want to stick around after your drive.
25. Penny Hot Springs
Penny Hot Springs is near Carbondale and isn’t necessarily for everyone. This small natural spring is primitive. There are no facilities or amenities, and it is a hike-in only.
26. Dunton Hot Springs
For those seeking something a little nicer, consider visiting Dunton Hot Springs in Dunton, Colorado. It is pricey compared to other hot springs, but there are rewards for that investment. This all-inclusive resort restricts access to its hot springs. Resort guests only.
27. Splashland Hot Springs
Are you ready to visit some geothermal pools? Then, head out to Alamosa. This family-friendly spot has waterslides and recently added a concession stand.
28. Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves
Glenwood Springs brings another win with Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves. This lovely spot has spring baths, vapor caves, and spa treatments! You can even make it a weekend if you want.
29. The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings
Visit Ouray for a stay at a European-style historic lodge. This location has a vapor cave, a soaking pool, and plenty of soothing spa treatments.
30. Overlook Hot Springs Spa
There is a spectacular find in Pagosa Springs near Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Overlook Hot Springs Spa is in a Victorian building. It features five indoor pools, foof-top tubs, and more.
Summary of 30 Natural Hot Springs in Colorado
|1||Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa||Buena Vista|
|2||Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort||Nathrop|
|3||Strawberry Park Hot Springs||Steamboat Springs|
|4||Valley View Hot Springs||Moffat|
|5||Iron Mountain Hot Springs||Glenwood Springs|
|6||The Springs Resort & Spa||Pagosa Springs|
|7||Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs||Carbondale|
|8||Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa||Durango|
|9||Ouray Hot Springs||Ouray|
|10||Glenwood Hot Springs Pool||Glenwood Springs|
|11||Hot Sulphur Springs||Hot Sulphur Springs|
|12||Old town Hot Springs||Steamboat Springs|
|13||Orvis Hot Springs||Ridgway|
|14||Joyful Journey Hot Springs||San Luis Valley|
|15||Waunita Hot Springs Ranch||Gunnison National Forest|
|16||Twin Peaks Hot Springs||Ouray|
|17||Alpine Hot Spring Hideaway||Nathrop|
|18||Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center||Salida|
|19||Conundrum Hot Springs||Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness|
|20||Indian Hot Springs||Idaho Springs|
|21||Aqua Hot Spring||Near Buena Vista|
|22||Rainbow Hot Springs||Weminuche Wilderness Area|
|23||Radium Hot Springs||Kremling|
|24||Dakota Hot Springs||Penrose|
|25||Penny Hot Springs||Carbondale|
|26||Dunton Hot Springs||Dunton|
|27||Splashland Hot Springs||Alamosa|
|28||Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves||Glenwood Springs|
|29||THE HISTORIC WIESBADEN HOT SPRINGS SPA & LODGINGS||Ouray|
|30||OVERLOOK HOT SPRINGS SPA||Pagosa Springs|
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