Colorado has at least 48 known hot spring locations scattered around the state. Many people from Denver travel to these various locations to get some good mineral water soaking in throughout the year. The heat from mineral hot springs in Colorado is said to be good for your health by promoting relaxation and rejuvenation. Sodium is good for the lymphatic system and the magnesium bicarbonates can help eliminate toxins from the body. The hot water itself is known to help with physical movements in the joints and muscles.
Here are six Colorado hot springs secrets to check out.
Conundrum Hot Springs
Located in Aspen, CO, Conundrum is situated in a secluded, undeveloped location that can be reached by an 18-mile roundtrip-backpacking trek. Backpackers can camp near the hot springs at a location nicknamed “the bluffs” because clothing is optional. These mineral hot springs average 102 degrees F and sit in craters of rock. Surrounding visitors who make it there to soak are waterfalls, flowers and mountains at an elevation of 12,000 feet. At night, the view of the stars are said to be spectacular.
Rainbow Hot Springs
Rainbow Hot Springs is in the Weminuche Wilderness Area and takes an 8-10 mile roundtrip hike to get to. Once hikers reach this Colorado hot spring, they will see a few small hot spring pools with the San Juan River nearby. Clothing is optional in this secluded area but don’t be surprised if you come across horseback riders, snowshoers, cross-country skiers or even hunters. Deer, elk and bears have been sighted in the area but biologists have yet to find evidence of bears.
Valley View Hot Springs
Situated in the wooded area of Alamosa, CO, Valley View Hot Springs boasts mineral spring pools, a 1920s style swimming pool, sauna and lodging. Up 9,000 feet in elevation, the largest natural pond called “Soaking Pond” sits in the San Luis Valley near the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Mount Princeton is a gem found in Nathrop, CO. This is truly a resort with lodging, a restaurant, water slide, grand mansions and spa within an old mining town and near abandoned ghost towns. With the view of the Collegiate Peaks, there are several hot mineral pools, creekside soaking and various outdoor activities nearby. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, white water rafting, off-roading and camping are not too far away from this Colorado hot springs.
South Canyon Hot Springs
A semi-secret location right near the popular Glenwood Springs Resort, South Canyon is on an undeveloped hillside with three hot spring pools. Visitors say that summer is the best time to soak here because the leaves of nearby trees provide privacy and the clothing-optional option. There are a couple of campsites nearby but garbage trucks and police occasionally drive by.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs, CO is a secluded mini-resort next to a creek. The water is at a warm 104 degrees F with restrooms and changing areas nearby. There is also the option of receiving a spa treatment in one of the massage huts or visitors may camp or stay in one of the cabins nearby.