Top 10 Hot Springs in Colorado That Redefine Après-ski

By Carri Wilbanks AFKI Original Published: June 6, 2014, 10:29 am

Every season has its charm in Colorado. There’s hiking and rock climbing in warmer months, and skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and snowmobiling in colder ones. There’s nothing more appealing after an active day in the outdoors than a soothing and relaxing experience in one of Colorado’s natural hot springs. Here are 10 of the top hot springs in Colorado that redefine après-ski.


1. Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

From head to toe, your whole body will thank you for a relaxing bath in one of Box Canyon and Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs. You can sit back and relax at just the right temperature (103-to-108 degrees), enjoying the panoramic view of the San Juan Mountains.

2. Dunton Hot Springs

This is one of Colorado’s secluded hot springs, just across the mountain from Telluride in Southwestern Colorado. Dunton Hot Springs consist of six springs with therapeutic effects, each with its own temperature, meant to relax and soothe.

3. Glenwood Hot Springs

One of Colorado’s trademarks right in the heart of Colorado Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Hot Springs has the world’s largest hot springs pool. The Lodge and Spa of the Rockies are two of the main attractions, focusing on the customer experience, wellness and relaxation. The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge has 107 guest rooms, ready to host and pamper guests.

4. Mount Princeton Hot Springs

This natural oasis is located in the spectacular Nathrop, a small, unincorporated village between Buena Vista and Salida on U.S. Highway 285 in Chaffee County. It’s the perfect getaway if you’re in the search of a relaxing, fun experience. The resort offers guests a variety of hot spring pools, spa treatments, comfortable lodging options and fun activities, making it a good choice for a family weekend.

5. Sand Dunes Swimming Pool

This family-owned resort has more than 150,000 gallons of hot spring water in two pools to soak all your worries and stress away. It’s a good place for a family getaway in Colorado. It has a baby pool and healthy, organic food.

6. Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Near Steamboat Springs, the Strawberry Park Hot Springs open up in a peaceful oasis. Guests can enjoy nature’s magnificence while relaxing in the geothermal-warmed springs or opt for a private massage. The establishment also offers watsu therapy in a private pool. It’s a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water that combines elements of shiatsu, muscle stretching, joint mobilization and dance.

7. The Springs Resort and Spa

This resort in Pagosa Springs has 23 pools, including the world’s deepest hot spring, offering guests a luxurious, rejuvenating experience. With blue mountain lakes and rolling grass meadows coloring the surroundings, this place offers a healing and refreshing experience that will not be forgotten.

8. Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Waunita Hot Springs Ranch is the place you go to unwind and relax your muscles after a day of hiking or other sports activities. The cozy accommodation, delicious food and private swimming pools will turn any vacation into an unforgettable experience.

9. Idaho Hot Springs

If there is one place that speaks history in Colorado, this is it. The Idaho Springs are where gold was first discovered back in 1859. One of the main attractions today is Club Mud, where you’ll be pampered with skin-nourishing, mineral-rich clays. Tourists also enjoy coming here to dip in the private baths and outdoor Jacuzzis.

10. Conundrum Hot Springs

Considered the Holy Grail of hot springs, the Conundrum Hot Springs near the Aspen Mountains open up to one of the most breathtaking landscapes of craggy peaks and tall pines. Even though they’re very popular, these hot springs are difficult to reach — you have to hike there and camp if you plan to stay overnight. However the 8.5-mile hike is one of Colorado’s greatest experiences. The 102-degree spring water and panoramic beauty are the best rewards a hiker could get after an exhausting trip.

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