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Heated by molten rocks lying many hundreds of kilometers beneath the Earth’s surface, Colorado is home to over 90 thermal springs. For centuries, they’ve been tempting visitors to take a dip in their warm, restorative waters, with many of the top Colorado hot springs being transformed into spa resorts for those who enjoy a little extra pampering.
Travel just a few miles outside of the state’s bustling ski towns and you’ll discover an abundance of natural, undisturbed pools. While you might not get a full spa treatment, there’s something to be said about finding your own hot springs pool in the great outdoors, soaking away with the snow-capped mountains and dense forests of the Rockies as your backdrop. To help you plan your next alpine adventure, here are nine of the best hot springs in Colorado.
It’s a bit of a scramble down to the Radium Hot Spring, a natural pool that can be found around 16 miles outside the town of Kremmling.
With an average temperature of 26° C, the spring isn’t the warmest of options, but the wild, rural setting more than makes up for it.
Just outside of Glenwood Springs and less than an hour’s drive from Aspen, the often-deserted South Canyon Hot Springs offer a wilder alternative to the pools within the nearby resort. With a toasty temperature usually settling between 37 and 44° C, the main pool is lovely for a long soak while you gaze at the magnificent view across the surrounding mountain ranges.
Sitting beside the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs is one of the best Colorado hot springs for families.
Open year-round and less than an hour from Aspen and Vail, this picturesque spa destination offers 16 geothermal soaking pools and an on-site cafe serving up flatbread pizzas and charcuterie dishes beside the pool.
Sitting at over 11,200 feet in the idyllic Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Conundrum Hot Springs offers some of the most awe-inspiring scenes in the whole of the Rockies. Hidden within a lush conifer forest, this gorgeous natural pool can only be accessed by a moderate 8.5-mile trail from Conundrum Creek - less than ten miles from the town of Aspen.
Unchlorinated and rich in natural minerals that have been found to have therapeutic properties, you’ll soon find yourself drifting into a state of sheer tranquillity in one of the resort’s soothing spas or pools.
Seven miles west of Pagosa Springs, it’s an easygoing mile-and-a-half hike to the Piedra River Hot Springs. Consisting of several shallow springs fed by the Piedra River, the best time to visit is during the late summer months when the river’s flow eases and the pools reach their warmest temperatures.
If seclusion is your goal, Rainbow Hot Springs is one of the best places to avoid the crowds. Accessible only by a long, yet scenic hike through the Weminuche Wilderness Area, you’ll eventually come across the two pools nestled beside the San Juan River.
The water in the lower, larger pool reaches around 35° C, while the upper pool is slightly warmer at 40.5° C - just what you need to ease your tired muscles after a strenuous forest hike.
Just outside the centre of Glenwood Springs, the mineral-rich pools of Yampah Spa are set within a series of underground caverns. Ambiently lit and reaching temperatures of up to 44.4° C, the spa’s Vapor Caves offer a unique sauna-like experience with the option of a private mineral bath for those who book in advance. Afterwards, you can enjoy a heated stone massage or invigorating Reiki treatment in the on-site salon.
Surrounded by the dramatic peaks and canyons of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Penny Hot Springs is a tranquil spot to spend the day soaking your cares away.
This naturally-fed spring is just 45 minutes outside of Aspen, and can be easily found along Highway 133.
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