What’s New Along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

Ouray Hot Springs Pool in Ouray, Colorado

With everything from grand re-openings to inaugural events, this season is full of fresh, innovative improvements for the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop. See what’s new, what’s in the works, and what’s to come at these five prime hot springs locations across Colorado.

Spanning over 720 miles, the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is a trek to some of the state’s most beautiful mineral waters. Each destination along the Loop has something new for visitors, offering exceptional hot springs experiences.

“These hot springs facilities continuously enhance their unique features so that guests have a high-quality experience,” says Vicky Nash, project manager for the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop.

Ouray and Ridgway

Ouray Hot Springs has undergone a $10.6 million renovation and recently unveiled the finished product, just in time for the springs’ 90th birthday. One of the many goals of this project was to make the hot springs more accessible, secluded, and inclusive for all visitors while maintaining the pool’s historic oval shape.

New additions joined the two soaking pools, which opened in May as the first leg of the renovation. Other add-ons and improvements include:

  • Shallow Section: The pool now has shallow, family friendly depths with more in-pool seating. Seasonally, look forward to a pick-up volleyball game with an inflatable court.
  • Hot Section: With the intimacy of a private getaway, the new hot section has continuous curves, edge seating, and shade.
  • The Overlook: These two terraced pools are separated by an infinity edge waterfall, with a luxurious mountain view.
  • Activity Pool: The activity pool includes a Wibit inflatable obstacle course, a 12-foot climbing wall, and a 6-foot jumping platform.
  • Lap Lanes: Now there are eight full-sized (25 meter) swimming lanes, with ADA access and stair entry.
  • Slides: With splash pads sitting at the exit, the speed slide and the curving body slide stands two-stories tall.
  • Lighting: Improved deck lights, heated walkways, and LED in-water lighting are pool-wide enhancements.
  • Filtration: The filtration system is new and improved, moving away from the previously manual hot springs operations.
  • Accessibility: In addition to increased seating options throughout the deck area — including shaded picnic tables — all pools are now ADA accessible.

Visitors will be surprised to find that the reconfiguration of Ouray Hot Springs did not involve property expansion. Rather, the remodel created a more efficient use of existing space.

Glenwood Springs

Iron Mountain Hot Springs has added a new Rejuvenation Station, along with summer massages and a new filtration system. The station consists of outdoor showers for cooling off after a dose of geothermal heat. “The rejuvenation station with cool rainfall showers near the Sopris Café is a welcome addition to our hydrotherapy options,” general manager Mike Besaw said.

Massage therapy — both chair and table — has returned after popular guest feedback. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the tent by the family pool, massages are $25 for a 15-minute session.

The new filtration system removes floating white algae from the mineral water, making for a fresh and clean soaking experience.

Sunset Sounds float over Glenwood Hot Springs every Tuesday night through Labor Day, appealing to all music lovers. From 6-9 p.m., hot springs guests can enjoy live music featuring local performers, as part of the annual summer concert series. From bluegrass to rock and funk to classic, Sunset Sounds offers a new poolside show each week.

Chaffee County

This fall, Cottonwood Hot Springs will host the Harvest Moon Wholistic Festival, on Sept. 9-10, which will focus on several aspects of healing, rejuvenation, and life enhancement. Through a showcase of different products, services, and lectures, Harvest Moon will further combine harmony with the rustic setting of the natural hot springs.

Harvest Moon topics will span across different aspects of well-being.

  • Health Practices: Looking toward new scientific discoveries, in conjunction with methods of the ancient past.
  • Body Balancing: Healing the body through sound and vibrations.
  • Shared Learning: Hearing others’ stories of personal growth and journeys.
  • Physical Health: Experience massage and other body work.

Pagosa Springs

Sitting in the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs, Overlook Hot Springs Spa boasts its newest features, after a recent renovation project. Now, Overlook is complete with four indoor tubs, three rooftop tubs and a sauna, and a new courtyard with a large whirlpool and six tubs featuring individual temperature control. The result is a tailored soaking experience, ideal for relaxation and recovery.

This summer, The Springs Resort & Spa is offering seasonal promotions and events for guests and locals.

  • Wine Down Wednesday: This weekly special offers discounts on select bottles of wine from 3-9 p.m., accompanied by live music in the hotel atrium. Bottles of wine are available for $10, glasses start at $3.
  • Cornhole Tournaments: On each third Thursday of the month, The Springs holds a cornhole tournament on their grounds, allowing for leisure sports enthusiasts to gather and toss their hacky sacks.
  • Live Music: Every Friday and Saturday night, The Springs hosts local talent at the Phoenix Bar, from 6-9 p.m.
  • Picasso and Vino Classes: On Thursday nights, head to The Springs for their weekly paint-and-wine combination class, held in the hotel atrium. Be sure to reserve a seat beforehand online.

Steamboat Springs

The Old Town Hot Springs is planning renovations. This summer, fundraising efforts are sprouting up across Steamboat Springs, to grow the town’s popular downtown hot springs. The campaign has a $3 million goal for this year and $6 million by 2020.

The fundraising campaign, led by project manager Pat Carney, will reach out to community members and groups for contributions, in addition to the city’s accommodations tax. “We’ve been talking about this for a year,” Carney said in a Steamboat Today article. “Now it’s time to start asking for the money to make it a reality.”

With the raised money, Old Town Hot Springs will complete two phases of construction. The first, planned to begin in 2018, will add 15,000 square feet to the existing hot springs building. The second phase will focus on expanding the pools themselves, to allow a larger space for beginning swimmers and a deeper lap lane pool, which will hopefully lead to hosting swimming competitions.

About the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

Five premier hot springs destinations in western Colorado — Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs, and Steamboat Springs — have come together to form the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop. This 720-mile loop showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. There is so much variety; from intimate private baths, to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Each of the nineteen facilities offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations, and fun-filled aquatic centers. For more information, please visit www.colorado.com/hotspringsloop. For the online media room, go to https://coloradohistorichotspringsloop.newswire.com.

Media Contacts:

Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
Jessica Meath

Waterfalls Cascading Across the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

Fish Creek Falls, near Steamboat Springs

Cascading waterfalls are a staple to Colorado views. These Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop waterfalls are a scenic treat.

The 720-mile trek known as the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is an incredible journey through Colorado terrain, leading to several of the state’s most healing waters. Along the way, visitors can seek out the scenic beauty of waterfalls, which are sprinkled throughout the loop—cascading as symbols of strength, tranquility, and natural majesty. Check out these Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop falls.

  • Fish Creek. One of the most popular destinations around Steamboat Springs are the fresh, rushing waters spilling into Fish Creek Canyon from the 280-foot Fish Creek Falls. After a brief ¼ mile hike, visitors can gaze into the majesty of the lower falls, while a more moderate trek leads to spectacular views, heightened by the upper section. Fish Creek Falls roars most in the spring thanks to the snowmelt, though the clear water in the late summer and the icy face in winter make for an all-season stop.
  • Treasure Falls. Treasure Falls, located approximately 15 miles east of Pagosa Springs, is a powerful sight to behold. The cascading waters can be seen from the highway, though a short, looped trail is available for a more intimate view—where splashes make their way to admirers. The waterfall tumbles and sparkles, adjacent to an open view of the valley, making for an easy-choice overlook stop on the pass.
  • Hanging Lake. A National Natural Landmark and one of the most popular hiking trails in Colorado, Hanging Lake is located in Glenwood Canyon outside of Glenwood Springs. Though just under a mile in length, the trail is rocky and steep; it leads to a series of magnificent waterfalls, spilling into a turquoise pool, nearby a fallen log, suspended in the water. Hanging Lake’s existence is tied to conservation; visitors must be aware of the posted rules and signs, prohibiting swimming, pets, or walking on the log.
  • Box Cańyon. Box Cańyon Falls is a dramatic beauty, considered Ouray’s own wonder of the world. The 285-foot waterfall, fueled by Canyon Creek, erupts from the falls, plummeting into the narrow, quartzite canyon. Visitors can soak in the beauty from both above and below the falls all while enjoying the rare birds that call the canyon home. The lower trail follows a catwalk and staircases straight into the belly of Box Cańyon Falls. The upper, can’t-miss trail leads to a suspension bridge overlooking Canyon Creek and the city of Ouray.
  • Agnes Vaille Falls. Located on the southern slopes of Mt. Princeton in Chalk Creek Canyon, Agnes Vaille Falls is a small, elegant waterfall that sprays from a rocky shelf below the peak. This Chaffee County wonder can be seen by the recently updated Cascade Creek Trail, which gives visitors a glimpse at the simplistic beauty of the falls, while also detailing the area’s history through interpretive signs.

After hiking to each of these grandiose falls, be sure to stop by the local loop hot springs for a soak. These geothermal waters are ideal for soothing muscles and relaxing tired minds and bodies, a perfect complement to any Colorado adventure.

For more information on the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, please visit cohotspringsloop.com.

Public Relations Society of America Colorado Chapter honors Colorado Tourism Office publicity campaign for the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

Colorado Tourism Office PR teams wins two PRSA awards

Two Gold Pick awards were awarded to the Colorado Tourism Office at the 2017 Public Relations Society of America Colorado Chapter’s annual dedication ceremony.

Denver, CO (May 4, 2017) – The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) Public Relations team took home two Gold Pick Awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Colorado Chapter’s annual dedication ceremony. Both awards — one for Best Campaign and one for Best Component of a Campaign — recognized the team’s success in promoting the new Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop (CHHSL).

In 2016, the team hosted five top-tier journalists on assignment or with strong assignment prospects to experience portions of the CHHSL firsthand including: Sophia Dembling, Dallas Morning News (story ran on Nov. 10, 2016); Melanie Kaplan, The Washington Post (story ran on February 9, 2017);  Alex Schecter, National Geographic Traveler (story ran in the Feb./March 2017 issue);  Susan Barnes, USA Today (story ran on Feb. 16, 2017); Charles Bethea (pending articles for possible WSJ Off Duty or Outside inclusion).

As a result of hosting and pitching the new CHHSL, the CTO PR team has generated 17 articles to-date covering the loop, mostly feature placements, in top target outlets including: National Geographic Traveler (with cover mention), Sunset, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, 5280, United Hemispheres, Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, USA Today and more. The USA Today article, “Warm up a cold night in Colorado’s Hot Springs Loop” was syndicated in 21 additional outlets and The Washington Post article, “The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop makes it easy to plan a visit and a long soak” was syndicated in 11 additional outlets. These articles (including syndications) produced $4,112,050 in media value and 95,043,725 impressions.

As a result of distributing the “Colorado’s New Historic Hot Springs Loop Pairs Year-Round Adventures with Rejuvenating Soaking Spots” press release to target media and distributing through PR Newswire, the release was picked up in 102 outlets and produced a media value of $1,000,271 and 33,668,198 impressions.

Scenic Byways Along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

The Million Dollar Highway

The connections between five premier locations along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop transform the 720-mile drive into a scenic odyssey, just as much about the journey as the destinations.

The Colorado Hot Springs Loop, spanning over 720 miles and connecting five premier locations, is a trek to some of the state’s most beautiful waters. In addition to sizzling hot springs experiences, this journey gives visitors a chance to behold Colorado’s rugged beauty via scenic byways. These connections not only make the drive enjoyable, but are also perfect for window gazing.

  • Top of the Rockies. This leg of the route, traveling from Copper to Granite, crosses the Continental Divide and passes two of Colorado’s highest peaks. As adventurers make their way through the high-elevation stretch, they can spot historic stand-outs: Leadville was once a booming mining town; it is still lavish with Victorian houses, the Tabor Opera House, and long-abandoned mines. Be sure to catch glimpses of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, towering at 14,440 and 14,421 feet, making for a majestic scenic backdrop.
  • Collegiate Peaks. This part of the loop, from Granite to Salida, is home to the highest concentration of 14,000-foot mountain peaks in North America. With names reminiscent of the Ivy League—Mt. Yale, Mt. Princeton, and Mt. Harvard—the Collegiate Peaks rise 7,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley. Buena Vista, Nathrop, and Salida sit below, offering vast green ranch land and river views, leading directly to three public hot springs.
  • San Juan Skyway. The San Juan Skyway travels from Durango to Ridgway, right through the dazzling San Juan Mountains. After a soak in Pagosa Springs, travelers can opt to keep exploring the nearby views. Visitors first travel through two leafy passes, full of Weminuche Wilderness, before hitting the silver-boom town of Silverton. Then, the byway follows the “Million Dollar Highway,” a road known for steep cliffs and tight turns, through to Ouray, then to Ridgway. Dubbed the “Switzerland of Colorado,” this area is known for expansive views, canyon waterfalls, and mountain peaks with a permanent layer of white frosting on top. After the enchanting drive, Ouray Hot Springs Pool and the au naturel Orvis Hot Springs are available for additional fun.
  • West Elk Loop. This scenic experience, known for its autumn aspen leaves foliage, crosses from Hotchkiss to Carbondale. The trail begins with sights of orchards and farm-fresh produce local to the area—including cherries and apples—and crosses through the North Fork Valley. Leading travelers through the jaw-dropping McClure Pass, West Elk Loop meanders along the Crystal River, and suggests a stop at the historic Redstone settlement, including its famed Cleveholm Manor. Visitors can continue making their way through the Roaring Fork Valley into Glenwood Springs, where hot springs await.
  • Flat Tops Scenic Byway. With six historic stops and miles of unpaved road, the Flat Tops Scenic Byway is a summertime trip worth taking as voyagers head to Steamboat Springs. Starting in Meeker, a ranching town famous for its annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship, the trail continues through Buford, Trappers Lake, Ripple Pass, and Yampa. Along the way, there are dramatic scenery changes: geologic lava flow formations and plateaus juxtapose alpine meadows, a shimmering lake (Trappers) sits between acres of fire-recovering wilderness, and a 10,343-foot pass places drivers high above the backwoods below. The western vibe of Yampa opens up to views of agriculture in action, as herds graze and ranches go about their business. Matching the diversity of the Flat Tops journey, Steamboat Springs has two unique hot springs options following a day of exploration.

After such vigorous adventuring and travel, visitors are encouraged to take a rest break at each of the hot spring destinations: relaxing, recovering, and soaking is essential before heading to the next stop.

For more information on the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, please visit cohotspringsloop.com.

Stop and Stare: National Parks and Monuments Along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

Colorado National Monument

While traveling the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, stops at National Monuments and Parks highlight the 720-mile journey, making for historic, cultural, and bewildering exploration.

National Parks came to be in 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order adding 56 designated lands into the new service, both protecting lands and giving the public access to them. Since then, the system has rapidly expanded, including more than 400 areas of parks and monuments spanning across 84 acres in the continental US and its territories.

Colorado, thanks to its geographic diversity, is home to several National Parks and National Monuments. The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, which spans over 720 miles connecting five premier locations, brings visitors through parks and to monuments. These natural wonders are perfect for exploration before stopping at the next prime soaking destination.

  • Browns Canyon National Monument. Due to its close proximity to Salida, Buena Vista, and Nathrop, Browns Canyon National Monument is perfect for a pre-soak expedition. The area is one of the nation’s most popular whitewater rafting locations, and hosts all that the Arkansas River has to offer. Wildlife, including bighorn sheep, elk, deer, and eagles, call the canyon home, and recreation such as camping, biking, hiking, and rock climbing give visitors a peek into the animals’ natural habitat. The Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway is a direct passage to explore Browns Canyon, as well as admire the towering peaks above.
  •  Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Near Ouray, catch a drive through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This 53-mile stretch winds through a narrow gorge, with plummeting walls and dramatic views down. The Denver and Rio Grande railroad once traveled on rails throughout the canyon, and stray tracks can still be seen. Across the Black Canyon, there are opportunities for camping, hiking (Hermit’s Rest is a local favorite), auto touring, wildlife viewing, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Get your thrills before seeking out geothermal rest and relaxation.
  • Colorado National Monument. Marrying desert plateaus and high mesas, the Colorado National Monument is a natural wonder of rock arches, cliff walls, and abundant wildlife in Grand Junction, Colorado. Wander through several trails that take hikers to the top, or take the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive, which takes travelers along the Monument and shows off the unique geological formations, carved by wind and water over centuries. It’s only an hour and a half away from Glenwood Springs, and two hours from Ouray, where luxurious hot springs await.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park. Not far from Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses the grandeur and beauty of the mountain region. High alpine lakes, evergreen forests, and towering peaks fill the 415-square miles of the park, known for its thousands of acres of wildlife and tranquil beauty. Visitors enjoy hiking (Grand Lake is a popular option), taking drives (Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, at 12,183 feet), camping, and exploring nearby towns (Estes Park is known for its resident elk). After venturing into the Colorado wilderness, a short drive to hot springs completes an adventurous day.
  • Chimney Rock National Monument. Chimney Rock, one of the country’s newest National Monuments, takes visitors into the area’s beginning. The Pagosa Springs site features ancient Puebloan ruins, guided tours, moon-lit education programs, and Native American Festivals, hoping to preserve the rich history in the area. Additionally, at the northern major lunar standstill, which takes place every 18.6 years, the moon rises between Chimney Rock and Companion Rock, making the national monument a natural observatory. The next major lunar standstill will take place in April 2025. Be sure to schedule a tour (www.chimneyrockco.org) before soaking at the three Pagosa Springs hot springs.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park. Towers of sand sit near the town of Alamosa, the tallest standing at 750 feet. This National Park is full of 30 miles-worth of sand dunes, waiting to be discovered. There are opportunities for hiking, four-wheel driving, and even sledding or sand-boarding down the dunes, with rental equipment available from local retailers. After a gritty morning, look forward to the soaking stylings of neighboring Pagosa Springs.
  • Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is located in southwest Colorado, a quick drive from Pagosa Springs. The park is filled with incredibly preserved Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, offering peeks into the ancient culture and the daily lives of those who once called the area home. Visitors can tour different cliff dwellings—climbing in and out of enclaves and buildings—while admiring the park rangers’ stories. After, feel free to spread these stories at the nearby hot springs, to further extend and expand the history.

For more information on the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, please visit cohotspringsloop.com.

A Hot Commodity: Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop Wins Best Idea Award at DMA West

Julie Saupe, Lisa Langer, and Jennie Green

Wildly successful marketing partnership—the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop—wins Best Idea Award by the Destination Marketing Association of the West, thanks in part to the power of teamwork and media coverage valued at $5.5M.

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Oct. 13, 2017) – The  Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop (CHHSL), a collaboration between five Colorado destination marketing associations (DMOs), was one of just four winners in the recent Best Idea Program sponsored by Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West) at their annual Education Summit in Las Vegas on Sept. 28, 2017. The Best Ideas Program showcases innovative projects and creative marketing strategies by its member organizations.

The idea behind creating this mutually beneficial program was to pool the marketing and financial resources of several Colorado hot springs resort towns that are all within driving distance of one another. The CHHSL provides visitors with a vacation itinerary that takes them on a 720-mile tour of five western Colorado hot springs destinations. The route includes Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs, and Steamboat Springs, with each destination offering visitors a distinctive geothermal soaking experience. For the destinations along the loop, the result has turned into marketing gold.

Accepting the Best Idea Award on behalf of the CHHSL was Lisa Langer, Vice President of Tourism Marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and Jennie Green, Director of Visit Pagosa Springs. “Our success is a tribute to the power of teamwork. It’s thanks to the dedication and commitment of each of the partners that the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is a winner for our state and region,” Langer said.

Among its most impressive achievements, the CHHSL has garnered an estimated equivalent of $5.5M in editorial media coverage—an astounding amount—since its inception nearly two years ago. To start, each DMO contributed $5,000 to apply for a Colorado Tourism Office 1:1 marketing matching grant, which they have secured for two consecutive years.

The five DMOs used the grant to produce a webpage that is part of the Colorado.com state site. This includes a video, downloadable brochures, and information about each destination. The brochures are translated from English to German, Japanese, and Chinese. In addition, they contracted with Brand USA to produce videos in those four languages and are featured on VisittheUSA.com pages. The DMOs have hosted media from around the world and promote the CHHSL at four annual international trade summits.

Articles about the CHHSL, mostly feature placements, have appeared in top-target outlets such as: National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, 5280, United Hemispheres, Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more. The USA Today article, “Warm up a cold night in Colorado’s Hot Springs Loop” was syndicated in 21 additional outlets and The Washington Post article, “The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop makes it easy to plan a visit and a long soak” was syndicated in 11 additional outlets. Sunset magazine selected CHHSL as a Best of the West Travel Star calling it the “Wellness Highway.”

About the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
Five premier hot springs destinations in western Colorado—Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs, and Steamboat Springs—joined together to form the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop. This 720-mile loop showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. There is so much variety; from intimate private baths, to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Each of the 19 facilities offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations, and fun-filled aquatic centers.


About Destination Marketing Association West
DMA West supports and provides resources to western destination marketing organizations (DMOs) as they enhance initiatives and technologies associated with interactions with visitors, clients, partners/stakeholders, board members and elected leaders, as well as interactions with colleagues and industry peers.

Media Contacts:

Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
Jessica Meath

Destination Marketing Association of the West | DMA West
Teresa Stephenson,
916-443-9012 Executive Director
[email protected]

Colorado’s New Historic Hot Springs Loop Pairs Year-Round Adventures with Rejuvenating Soaking Spots

Historic Hot Springs Loop Map

Five premier Colorado adventure and hot springs destinations recently formed the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, which showcases a variety from intimate private baths to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool.

Colorado’s unmistakable charm is fed by its diverse attractions that keep visitors active all year long. Laced with heart racing adventures and scenic drives, soaking in a hot spring is an exceptional way to unwind and relax after a Colorado day of play. Five premier Colorado adventure and hot springs destinations recently formed the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, which showcases a variety from intimate private baths to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. For more information on Colorado’s Historic Hot Springs Loop, please visit: https://www.colorado.com/hotspringsloop


Home to over 500 miles of four wheel drive heaven, it is no wonder that many consider Ouray in the summer to be the “Jeeping Capital of the World.” Ouray has many companies that offer Jeep rentals and guided 4×4 tours with fun, experienced and knowledgeable guides. In the winter, Ouray has created the ultimate climbing experience. The Ouray Ice Park is home to more than 200 ice and mixed climbs where novices and experts are all welcomed to learn a new sport or master their skills at the ice park.

Orvis Hot Springs, located just north of Ouray, maintains electronic-free soaking areas that encourage guests to unplug and unwind. Visitors can book a room on the property, or bring along their camping gear for a truly authentic night under the stars.

More hot springs: Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness CenterThe Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & LodgingsBox Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs

Glenwood Springs

In the summer, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a mountain-top theme park that offers tram and thrill rides along with cave tours. Visitors can ride the highest-elevation roller coaster in the U.S. or soar on the giant canyon swing and canyon flyer, launching brave parties 1,300 feet out over Glenwood Canyon. In the winter, guests can make their way to Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Babbish Gulch for an afternoon of snowshoeing. The Nordic trail system consists of over 29 kilometers of marked trails along the edges of dense pine forests.

Relax, restore and rejuvenate at Glenwood’s newest wellness destination, Iron Mountain Hot Springs. 16 soaking pools filled with pure, hot, mineral water are located on the bank of the Colorado River. A freshwater family pool and jetted spa provide additional soaking options.

More hot springs: Glenwood Hot Springs and Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves

Chaffee County

During the summer, the mighty Arkansas River flows through the heart of Chaffee County. For first-time rafters, families and those who enjoy canyon scenery and wildlife, Brown’s Canyon, is one of the Arkansas River’s most popular sections. Consisting of mostly Class 3 rapids, riders should be prepared for splashy, bumpy fun. In the winter, snowmobiling to the top of Cottonwood Pass near Buena Vista, brings riders to the Continental Divide. Being placed at 12,000 feet above sea level, visitors are surrounded by numerous 14,000 foot peaks and glistening Rocky Mountain snow.

For a private experience, Creekside Hot Springs Cabin offers a vacation rental home with its own secluded soaking hot springs pool that is fed by the Mount Princeton geothermal aquifer.

More hot springs: Mount Princeton Hot Springs ResortSalida Hot Springs Aquatic CenterCottonwood Hot SpringsAlpine Hot Springs Hideaway and Antero Hot Springs Cabins

Pagosa Springs

Surrounded by over 3 million acres of national forest and wilderness areas, a hot air balloon ride in the summer with Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures excursions allows guests to float peacefully while taking in the expansive views. From November to April, visitors and locals alike flock to Wolf Creek Ski Resort to ski and ride “the most snow in Colorado,” with an average of 430 inches of natural (not manmade) snowfall per season. Wolf Creek ski area is known for its relaxed vibe and affordability — $65 for an adult lift ticket and free parking.

The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Offering 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring.

More hot springs: Overlook Hot Springs Spa and Healing Waters Resort & Spa

Steamboat Springs

During summer and fall, experience downhill mountain biking at the Steamboat Bike Park where a bike access ticket takes guests up the mountain via the Steamboat Resort gondola. More than 50 miles of freeride and downhill terrain for all abilities make this spot a haven for mountain biking aficionados. In the winter, spend the day Nordic skiing, tubing or fat biking at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Howelsen Hill is the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado, operating since 1915. Howelsen also features the largest natural ski-jumping complex in North America.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is nestled in an aspen grove about 15 minutes from town. The natural spring water and stone pool surrounds offer a rustic and rejuvenating experience. Here guests can enjoy a massage in private massage huts and stay the night in a variety of lodging options including a train caboose, cabin, wagon and more.

More hot springs: Old Town Hot Springs

See also https://www.colorado.com/news/colorado%E2%80%99s-new-historic-hot-springs-loop-pairs-year-round-adventures-rejuvenating-soaking-spots


Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments, over 850 farm and ranches that are open to visitors, and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.

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