Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop Wins Prestigious Award at 2019 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Denver

Governors Tourism Award

The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, an innovative marketing partnership between five western Colorado destination marketing organizations, received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Tourism Marketing Program at the Governor's Colorado Tourism Conference held in Denver.

Governor’s Award for Outstanding Tourism Marketing

More than 520 travel and tourism industry representatives and elected officials gathered in Denver from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 for the 2019 Governor’s Colorado Tourism Conference, hosted by the Colorado Tourism Office and co-sponsored by Visit Denver. The annual awards dinner on Monday, Sept. 30 honored individuals and organizations that have greatly contributed to the advancement and innovation of Colorado’s tourism industry. Among the highlights of the ceremony, the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop (CHHSL) received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Tourism Marketing Program which recognizes an event or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado.

The CHHSL is comprised of five premier western Colorado hot springs destinations, representing 18 geothermal facilities, each bringing their own brand of sizzle to soaking in Colorado. In the fall of 2015, hot springs destinations in Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs formulated a strategy to leverage their resources. Each partner contributed $5,000, which enabled the fledgling initiative to secure a Colorado Tourism Office Marketing Matching Grant Fund for a $50,000 total budget for two consecutive years. Much of the first nine months was devoted to product development, including creating collateral marketing materials such as www.colorado.com/hotspringsloop, a map, brochures and videos produced in four languages. Since then, the campaign has taken off and the CHHSL has effectively increased consumer interest in visiting hot springs destinations in western Colorado.

Vicky Nash with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Tourism Marketing

Representatives from all five destinations were on hand to accept the award presented by Cathy Ritter, Director of the Colorado Tourism Office. Speaking on behalf of the member organizations, “We are elated,” CHHSL project manager Vicky Nash said. “The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop has been an extremely successful venture. It shows that pooling resources, working together and creating partnerships within an industry is a viable strategy that can be used to leverage marketing dollars and create a highly desirable product for consumers.”

Colorado Governor Jared Polis, a speaker at the event, lauded the state’s national reputation for excellence in tourism marketing and thanked its industry partners. “Colorado’s tourism industry is a national leader and that did not happen overnight,” Polis said. “Our tourism industry’s vibrant health and its thoughtful reputation are direct results of the hard work of industry members from across our state.”

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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 18 facilities offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations and fun-filled aquatic centers. For more information, please visit cohotspringsloop.com.  The online media room is cohotspringsloop.com/media-room

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Resort Trends, Inc. – communications for the travel & tourism industry
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Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop Wins Industry Collaboration Award

Collaboration in Industry Award 2017

Working together pays off big for Colorado hot springs travel and tourism partnership.

Denver, Colo. (Dec. 12, 2017) ­– The statewide industry advocacy group Colorado Business Roundtable recently held its inaugural Collaboration in Industry Awards event and the winner of the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation category was the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop (CHHSL), a partnership between five western Colorado destinations that features 19 thermal mineral water attractions. The award recognizes successful alliances that strengthen Colorado’s business ecosystem.

Business leaders from a broad spectrum of industries including aerospace, energy, education, engineering and construction, farming and agriculture, financial services, government and economic development, hospitality and lodging, health and wellness, manufacturing, and technology attended the event on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Cable Center in Denver. In the category of Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, the CHHSL was a finalist with two industry giants—the outdoor equipment retailer Cabella’s and the Colorado Tourism Office.

According to CHHSL project manager Vicky Nash, owner of Resort Trends, Inc., a tourism marketing and communications firm based in Glenwood Springs, “The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop project represents an extremely successful public/private partnership between destination marketing organizations/chamber resort associations, the Colorado Tourism Office, and private businesses. We are very proud of our accomplishments and are so honored to be recognized.”

In just two years since its implementation, the CHHSL has garnered over 150 news articles and editorial stories valued at more than $6.3 million in top publications from USA Today and the Washington Post to National Geographic Traveler and Sunset Magazine. In October, CHHSL also won the Destination Marketing Association of the West award for Best Idea which recognized innovative techniques and imaginative approaches to promoting a destination.

It began in the fall of 2015, when the five Colorado hot springs destinations—Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs, and Steamboat Springs—formulated a strategy to leverage their resources. Each partner contributed $5,000 which enabled the fledgling initiative to secure a Colorado Tourism Office Marketing Matching Grant Fund for a $50,000 total budget for two consecutive years. Much of the first nine months was devoted to product development including creating collateral marketing materials such as www.colorado.com/hotspringsloop, a map, brochures, and videos produced in four languages. Since then, the campaign has taken off and the CHHSL has effectively increased consumer interest in visiting hot springs destinations in western Colorado.

About the Colorado Business Roundtable
The Colorado Business Roundtable (CBR) is a proactive, pro-business advocate that seeks to strengthen the economy to allow businesses to grow and thrive in Colorado. Through strategic connections with industry leaders, chambers of commerce, educational institutions, and governmental bodies, the CBR seeks to improve the business environment, increase effectiveness, and expand the reach of its partners regionally, at both the state and national level. In addition to advocating for Colorado businesses, the CBR also hosts events, publishes a magazine, and hosts a radio podcast.

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.

Media Contact:
Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
Vicky Nash
Resort Trends, Inc. – tourism communications
970-948-4923
vicky@resorttrends.com

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:

Vicky Nash 
Resort Trends, Inc. – tourism communications
970-948-4923
vicky@resorttrends.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.

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
Vicky Nash, Project Manager
Resort Trends, Inc.
970-948-4923
vicky@resorttrends.com

Destination Marketing Association of the West | DMA West
Teresa Stephenson,
916-443-9012 Executive Director
info@dmawest.org

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

Ouray

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

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