With another pull back from indoor activity in parts of our state, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy Colorado! Whether it draws you in to recover from a loooong week inside your house (and you’re sore from that), or a high altitude climb, it’s time to treat yoself to a relaxing, hot spring soak! This list of Hot Springs allows you to purchase a day pass, if a weekend getaway is not booked yet on your calendar. Listed below are popular Colorado hot springs offering day visits for your next trip to relaxation. Each hot spring is unique and diverse and has an affordable daily visitor rate along with other amenities to help water-down your worries.
Hot Spring Benefits
Hot springs are a great way to relax, soothe the muscles, and reduce stress. The therapeutic mineral water in hot springs will help revitalize skin, detoxify the body, calm nerves, and refresh oxygen levels among many other benefits. You will find a plethora of minerals in Colorado hot springs, including iron, sulfate, chloride, sodium, and calcium. Colorado offers a variety of different natural hot springs to choose from. Keep in mind, an exorbitant amount of drinking water must be consumed….especially to reap the many benefits to your body.
Hot Spring Bathing Etiquette
- Shower before entering the pools
- Use the lockers provided to lock up valuables
- Smoking is not permitted at the resorts
- No glassware
- Drink plenty of water to hydrate
- Wear swim attire
- Remove all jewelry so it does not tarnish
- Be respectful of the people around you
- Set a reasonable time limit for your soak
- Continue to rest after your soak
- Drink more water
- Check specific guidelines on number of people allowed and mask requirements.
Map of Colorado Hot Springs
Colorado Hot Springs With Day Passes
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort – Nathrop, CO
Mount Princeton Hot Springs is located between Buena Vista and Salida. You can purchase a day pass to the hot springs or book a stay at the historic resort. The hot springs are open year-round and daily. Your pass will get you access to the creekside hot springs, where the temperatures range from 70 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also check out their bathhouse, infinity pool, and water slide (open summer only). Private hot spring rentals are available for groups, as well.
Cost $20-$25 per visit
The Springs Resort – Pagosa Springs, CO
The Springs Resort and Spa is open year-round and available to the public and resort guests. Their hot springs overlook the San Juan River and have the world’s deepest measured geothermal hot spring (1,002 ft deep). At the resort, you can find the most geothermal hot-spring fed pools in Colorado. There are 24 100% mineral-water soaking pools, including a swimming pool. Each pool offers a different temperature so you can take a dip in each to try them all.
Cost: $35 per visit
Strawberry Park Hot Springs – Steamboat Springs, CO
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is nestled in the mountains of Steamboat. These natural hot springs can be enjoyed in their open-air pools with unique masonry. Make your stay extra memorable by renting out a train caboose or covered wagon to spend the night in. There are also cabins and tent sites available. Reservations can be made online in advance for the hot springs and cabin rentals.
Cost: $20 **Cash or check only, no credit cards
Old Town Hot Springs – Steamboat Springs, CO
Old Town Hot Springs is located in downtown Steamboat and has something for the whole family. It features 8 different pools including a water slide, rock wall, waterfall, lap pool, and kids pool. In the summer cabanas are available to rent and try you can tackle the floating obstacle course.
Cost: $22 per visit
Hot Sulfur Springs Resort – Grand County, CO
The Hot Sulfur Springs Resort is located between Grandby and Kremmling. The 23 different sulphur pools are a great way to unwind and relax. The soothing waters have no chemicals added and are rich in minerals, giving the water a murky color. The pools are all different sizes and temperatures with an indoor pool for laps. Private pools can be rented. Massages and body treatments are available as well.
Cost: $20 per visit
Iron Mountain Hot Springs – Glenwood Springs, CO
The Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers 16 soaking pools on the terraced hillside of the Colorado River including the freshwater family pool which is enjoyed by all ages. Temperatures range from 98-108 degrees Fahrenheit. They have a cafe on site where you can purchase food and beverages. Adult beverages are sold in the cafe.
Cost: $25-$28 per visit
Yampa Spa Vapor Caves- Glenwood Springs, CO
The Yampa Spa Vapor Caves feature natural underground hot mineral water steam baths. Hot mineral water flows through the floors of the caves at 125 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates a natural geothermal steam bath. The waters contain 34 minerals including sulfate, nitrate, zinc, and potassium. The Vapor Caves offer a full range of natural mineral baths and salon services. It is a unique way to receive the full spa experience while taking in the therapeutic minerals of the vapor caves.
Cost: $17 per visit
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort – Glenwood Springs, CO
The Glenwood Hot Springs Resort has been welcoming guests since 1888 to its world’s largest hot spring pool. It is a unique and historic place to stay or stop by for the day to enjoy the hot springs and spa. The pool is open year-round and cabanas can be rented in the summer.
Cost: $21.75 – $29.25 per visit
Ouray Hot Springs – Ouray, CO
Ouray Hot Springs is in the magical town of Ouray, known as the “Switzerland of America”, which is located in the San Juan Mountains. These hot springs are surrounded by mountain views at all angles. The pool has something for everyone with an adult-only soaking section, two water slides, an obstacle course, a climbing wall, and 8 lap lane workout pool.
Cost: $18 per visit
Orvis Hot Springs – Ridgeway, CO
Orvis Hot Springs is a clothing-optional natural hot spring resort located at the base of the San Juan Mountains. They provide 10 unique pools of natural lithium water. You can book a massage for more relaxation an also stay overnight at the resort or campsite. Anyone staying at the resort or camping has 24-hour access to the hot springs.
Cost: $22 per visit
Indian Hot Springs – Idaho Springs, CO
Indian Hot Springs is located right off of I-70 in Idaho Springs. The mineral swimming pool looks like a tropical paradise with a translucent dome and plants and palm trees spread all over. The pool is fed with hot mineral water reaching temps of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. They also offer geothermal caves, outdoor jacuzzis, and private indoor baths (additional costs for each).
Cost: $18-$20 per person
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs – Redstone, CO
If you are looking for a Colorado getaway, check out the Avalanche Ranch located along the Crystal River with views of Mt. Sopris in the background. They offer cozy log cabins, a ranch house or wagon stays. On-site are 3 natural hot spring pools cascading from one to the next including a 3-foot waterfall and grotto in the largest pool. The hot springs are available to overnight guests and day-pass visitors. During your visit, check out some of the many other activities in the area like hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, biking, and canoeing.
Cost: $25 per person
SunWater Spa – Manitou Springs, CO
Sun Water Spa can be found in Manitou Springs, a town known for its sacred and rejuvenating mineral waters. The spa offers an array of wellness treatments along with soaking tubs made of cedar which extract cedar oil used for aromatherapy. This quiet oasis is a great spot to soak in the natural minerals of the water.
Cost: $30 per person for 90 minutes
Cottonwood Hot Springs – Buena Vista, CO
The Cottonwood Hot Springs is an inn & spa where you can detach from the world. There is no television, telephones, or Wi-Fi on the property to reduce frequency waves. The inn offers lodging options from tent sites to cabins to a 5-bedroom house. The gravity-fed natural hot spring pools are a quiet zone. The hot springs sit among the Collegiate Peaks bordered by Cottonwood Creek and the San Isabel National Forest for some beautiful scenery.
Cost: $20-$24 per person
Valley View Hot Springs – Moffat, CO
Valley View Hot Springs is an all-ages, clothing options nature sanctuary with hot springs. It is located next to Cottonwood Peak, south of Salida. You can soak in their natural rock ponds or pools and take in the diverse ecosystem rich with wildlife, birds, bats and plant life. There is camping and lodging available on site.
Cost: $17 per person ** Day visits may be affected by COVID**
Joyful Journey Hot Springs – Moffat, CO
Joyful Journey Hot Springs is in the northern gateway to the San Luis Valley. They offer a peaceful spa experience with a variety of offerings like yoga classes or art classes. Joyful Journey is a LGBTQ, cannabis and pet friendly space. Their hot spring pools overlook the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a sacred and energetically active area. Their pools are filled with 20 different minerals and are known to accelerate healing, improve blood circulation and detoxify the body’s lymphatic system along with other benefits.
Cost: $15 per person
Durango Hot Springs
Durango Hot Springs is a resort and spa featuring 19 mineral pools including 6 couple/individual soaking tubs. The water has 27 minerals and varying temperatures. The space is newly renovated for a relaxing retreat. They also offer a 25 meter salt-water pool for laps and exercise.
Cost: $30 per visit
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Featured photo courtesy of Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort