Get Outside: Ten Colorado Hot Springs You Should Visit This Winter

Although Colorado’s hot springs are accessible year-round, it’s a special treat to swim when it snows and hop barefoot in the cold air between the pools. But once you’re submerged, you’ll quickly find solace as you thaw and plunge into the natural, mineral-rich waters. From primitive sites to lavish resorts, here are ten of the best hot springs in Colorado to visit this winter:

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Hot water is easy to get into in Colorado.

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Steamboat Springs

Surrounded by aspens and snow-capped pines, these natural pools are popular with locals. They’re a bit more difficult to get to in the winter, as four-wheel drive is required, but shuttles from town are available daily. Before visiting, note that day visitors must reserve a two-hour time slot online and admission is $20 per person, cash only. Also, visitors under the age of eighteen are not permitted after dark when clothing is optional. Spa services, rustic cabin rentals, and other accommodations are available.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
One of Colorado’s premier hot springs, Mount Princeton offers a number of luxurious bathing opportunities. The hot springs by the creek are a favorite; For the best experience head to the warmer upper pools and remember to wear water shoes – the rocks can be slippery, especially in the freezing months! Day visitors have access to these hot springs, as well as three other large, heated pools. Overnight guests over the age of sixteen can also enjoy the relaxation pool and more intimate hot springs. Other resort amenities include a sauna, steam room, spa treatments and fitness classes.

Penny Hot Springs
About twelve miles south of Carbondale, this free hot spring is the best kind of roadside rest stop. Along the Crystal River, a large ring of rock catches the steaming water that gushes to the surface. The pool comfortably seats ten to twelve people; If it’s busy, follow outdoor etiquette and wait your turn. Also note that there are no trash cans. Unpack it and leave no trace!

Joyous Journey Hot Springs Spa
The San Luis Valley is revered by many as a spiritual hotspot. You’ll find places to see the galaxies, supernatural energies, religious temples, and relaxing retreats like the Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Day visitors are welcome at the pools, maze, meditation hill and greenhouse for $15 per adult. But staying the night gives you access to a fuller experience: book a room or heated yurt, and healthy meals, yoga classes, and nightly soaks are included. Bonus: This is one of the few public places in Colorado where you can legally smoke weed!

Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Buena Vista
Eco-tourists love Cottonwood Hot Springs, a tech-free resort powered entirely by renewable energy. It begins on the scenic Avenue of Fourteeners, nestled in the San Isabel National Forest, where you likely won’t find cell phone service. Switch off and relax as you take a dip in the tranquil, mineral-rich pools. Day visitor rates range from $20 to $24 per adult, depending on the time of visit. Use of the pools is included when booking any of the Creekside cabins or other accommodation.

Experience the world’s largest thermal spa at Glenwood Springs.

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Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
Glenwood Springs

In the summer months, splash zones and waterslides draw a lively family crowd to this resort. In winter, the vibe is even more relaxed, with après-ski wine and beer available at the on-site restaurant. Visitors bathe in the world’s largest thermal baths, take yoga classes and spend the night in upscale accommodations. If someone you know could use a spa getaway, a Glenwood Hot Springs gift card makes holiday shopping easy.

Orvis Hot Springs
After driving the snowy Interstate 70 from Denver to Grand Junction and then 90 miles south, you’ll be especially grateful for this relaxing oasis. Soaking in nature is acceptable at all times at Orvis Hot Springs. Ten pools of different sizes characterize the property and six cozy rooms are available for overnight stays. This is the perfect base camp for exploring nearby attractions such as Silverton, one of Colorado’s premier mountain towns, and Telluride ski area. Day visits are also permitted at $28 per adult.

The Springs Resort & Spa
Pagosa springs
You’ll find several hot springs in this mountain town, but for a relaxing getaway, nothing compares to Springs Resort & Spa, which claims the world’s deepest geothermal spring. The mother spring feeds an impressive 25 pools, some of which lie along the scenic San Juan River. For $59 per adult, a day pass gives you access to twenty pools. From there, the packages only get cuter. Adults-only pools on the Relaxation Terrace, private cabanas, spa treatments, and poolside beverage service are among the amenities available, and the luxurious rooms and suites will delight you.

Hot Sulfur Springs Resort & Spa
Hot Sulfur Springs
Although the pungent smell of sulfur might have you suspect otherwise, this resort is home to some of the best hot springs near Denver. Less than two hours from town you’ll find 21 man-made pools, each varying in size and temperature. Tourist visits to these springs date back to the Gold Rush; Previously, members of the Ute tribe would visit the area for medicinal purposes every winter. The same medicinal water flows today, regenerating guests throughout the day and night.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Glenwood Springs
Winter is a wonderful time to visit Iron Mountain, another hot spring destination in Glenwood Springs. Here, visitors can dip in sixteen pools, each with gorgeous views of the Colorado River and surrounding peaks. Complete the experience with a cocktail and canapé, both available at the on-site restaurant. Book your visit before you arrive and choose between a three-hour swim ($36-44) and an all-day pass ($100-125).