The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings


A European-style spa in the American West, the Wiesbaden centers on its three hot springs experiences. The water from the natural springs flows continuously into and out of the pools, which range in temperature from 102° to 108°F (39 – 42°C). The water is untreated and pure, ideal for medicinal uses.

The Outdoor Pool is the largest of the three and is a perfect setting for communal soaking and enjoying the views of the San Juan Mountains. The Lorelei is a private grotto-like pool hand-formed from river stones. Its waterfall adds to the ambiance. Unusual and rare, the Weisbaden’s vapor cave is located beneath the mountain and Main Lodge. It features natural formations, running water and a shallow soaking pool.

Guests can enjoy a full range of spa treatments as well, including couples massage. The Wiesbaden’s accommodations include rooms in the Main Lodge and two nearby apartments.

The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings
625 5th St
Ouray, CO 81427

A Quick History of the Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings

Flowing Waters

The geothermal waters that supply the Wiesbaden have been flowing for untold years. They were first discovered and used by the Ute people, who considered them to be “miracle waters.” They used them for curative purposes and for sacred ceremonies.

Health and Healing

The original building, called Mother Buchanan’s Bath House, was built in 1879, named for the owner. She allowed, even encouraged, the miners to bathe and soak away their aches and pains after laboring in the mines. Later, in the 1920s, Dr. Bates erected the Bates Hospital and Sanitarium over the hot springs. He also excavated the caves to create a larger space for his patients who were seeking relief from a variety of ailments.

Evolution of a Hot Springs Spa

In 1978, the current owner purchased the property and over the years it has evolved into a specialty hot springs and spa frequented by guests from around the globe.