Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa
San Luis Valley
Located in postcard-pretty San Luis Valley, the Sangre de Cristo mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa. Beautifully landscaped and radiating a sense of serenity, the resort is a center for relaxation, healing and inner transformation.
Part of what makes it such a joy-filled place is the high concentration of naturally occurring lithium in the geothermal water. The mineral is known to elevate the mood and produce feelings of happiness and peace. Chemical and odor-free, the geothermal water leaves the travertine spring at 140˚F and is allowed to cool down to between 98˚ and 108˚F, ideal temperatures for soaking.
Lodging choices are just as unique and include unplugged guest rooms, yurts, tipis and camping options. In addition to hot springs soaking, the resort treats overnight guests to a delicious homecooked breakfast and an evening meal prepared with local ingredients. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.
Other distinctive features include a stone labyrinth for centering and meditation, perfectly placed benches for admiring the views, as well a full-service spa and wellness center.
A Quick History of Joyful Journey Hot Springs & Spa
Nomadic Pit Stop
The San Luis Valley and surrounding mountains were considered Ute territory, but it was also visited by other native tribes including the Navajo, Apache and Comanche who came to trade, hunt, raid and in all likelihood take a respite from by soaking in the area’s hot springs.
The land surrounding Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa has gone through many changes over time. Native American elders consider the area on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains one of the most sacred and energetically active places in North America.
In the early 1900s, Joyful Journey was a major health resort, accommodating up to 1,500 people at a time. When the railroad stopped running through the San Luis Valley, visitation diminished, and the springs closed.
The Blumenheins purchased the hot springs and the surrounding land in 1987. They quickly got to work restoring the property by building pools, installing decking, constructing bathhouses and more. At the time, they chose the name ‘Mineral Hot Springs.’
A New Name & Vision
In 1989, the resort was renamed Joyful Journey Hot Springs and Spa. Further down the road, in 2008, the owners added an 11-room lodge along with a Conference Center. Today, Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa offers three outdoor soaking pools, private, indoor soaking tubs, spa therapies and a variety of lodging options.