Definitely come to natural hot springs, Colorado specialty! Why? It's a geological given that here you'll find plenty of natural hot springs. The state has those physical properties just right for it!
There are 93 currently recognized geothermally specified areas in Colorado, that have been discovered and documented. Geologically. They're technically classified as warm springs or low temperature.1
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That category means the waters flow to the surface at temperatures that haven't reached boiling level. This enables these areas to be used for a variety of reasons.1
But here, in particular, we're focusing on the soothing hot springs bathing, or soaking, that we look for in Colorado. What a place to regenerate!
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Exactly to the west of the Colorado Springs city line is the historic community of Manitou Springs. But we've heard from local hot-tub dealers that within Colorado Springs itself, there aren't any actual flowing natural hot springs!
But for sure, Manitou Springs is right outside the city. There you'll find several hot springs that flow upward from geothermal underground sources. For instance, here's a nice one:
7 Minute Spring - Back in the days of immigration throughout the West in the 1800s, it emitted a fountainhead rush into the air, every 7 minutes like clockwork! It was made into a tourist attraction attached to the Manitou House Hotel. Today it's within a beautiful area, renewed and reestablished as 7 Minute Park.
All 8 springs in town are supported by a non-profit foundation, run by volunteers. They promote a specific mission, which is to: "restore, protect, and publicize the natural mineral springs and to document their historic origins.”2
You've already taken a look at 7 Minute Spring above, right? Here are the others:
Shoshone Spring - This spring is sourced from a large aquifer section. The mineral content is the highest of the area, and the waters surface as the warmest of them all. The waters leave travertine deposits at their portal.
Navajo Spring - Historically, Native Americans used this area frequently because its waters naturally pooled here into a small lake.
Cheyenne Spring - Another with notable historical roots. It was the primary attraction in the 1870s at Soda Spring Park. By 1900 the Manitou Mineral Water Company built a spring house over its surface, adjacent to its outlet. Still there today.
Wheeler Spring - Historically it sent a cascade upwards regularly. Now it's regulated through a fountain spout from which your own containers can be filled.
Stratton Spring - Stratton's Loop in downtown Manitou Springs is a historic trolley stop. In 1936, a well was drilled to reach the aquifer at the former stop. Find it at the SE corner of Manitou & Ruxton.
Iron Spring - Adjacent to Ruxton Creek which is named for an area explorer in the 1800s. A nearby plaque tells the story of this Natural Hot Springs in Colorado.
Although none of these are springs where you can go for a nice relaxing bath soak, their interest is historic. There is one hot spring soaking day-spa: SunWater Spa> However, you have several nearby places we can recommend that have calming stays:
The Cliff House> OR Pikes Peak Inn>
See These Natural Hot Springs - Get A Self-Guided Walking Tour
Get with a Guided Tour from Foundation Volunteers. To schedule that, call 719-685-5089. You'll be walking quite a bit, so wear your good walking shoes. Have your water container to sample the various spring's tastes!
Pagosa Springs is in the Southwest part of the state of Colorado. Even though known for its natural hot springs in Colorado & beyond, it has many recreational activities keeping you happy year-round. Still a stunning part of the state, that you don't want to miss!
The source of the area's hot spring is said to be a geothermal feature that's the deepest in the world. It's even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.3 That makes for some nicely heated waters! Which in town flows into some resorts.
Another advantage to checking out this particular natural hot springs in Colorado, is the town has created side hot spring pools adjacent to the San Juan River Walk. Take that walk, and you'll see the hot springs are free to take advantage of! Nice!
The best time for them is approximately between late August through December. That's usually when the river isn't yet experiencing snow runoff, which can inundate the pools.
Why not plan an entire vacation around this stunning hot springs area. We think you'll be happy you did. Here are some of our suggestions:
Would you like to leave the resorts behind? And take a nice hike to arrive at a serene natural hot spring in Colorado, where you can truly be out of the way. And enjoy the surroundings as nature intended? Please use hiking precautions.
Here are some places to investigate...
Glenwood Springs - South Canyon Hot Springs. Only 1/10 mile to get there on this trail just outside town.
Villa Grove - Valley View Hot Springs. About 50 miles north of Alamosa.
NOT TOO DIFFICULT HOT SPRINGS HIKES
Kremmling - Radium Hot Springs. Less than 1 mile to arrive.
Bayfield - Sheep Creek Hot Spring in SW Colorado.
White River National Forest, 9 miles East of Glenwood Springs - Hanging Lake Trail.
As we've seen Colorado is a "wellspring" of natural hot springs because of its geological geothermal conditions. So many towns and areas throughout the state beckon you for a dreamy soak.
Florence - Desert Reef. A bit more than 40 miles NW of Pueblo, this small town has unique offerings if you decide to stay over a few days.
Redstone - Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs. With 3 sequenced terraced pools, this clothing-required resort has cabins for a family-friendly stay. Mountain & valley views at this gorgeous place. About 30 miles southwest of Glenwood Springs, inquire for reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenwood has been famous for a long, long time for its hot springs. Even Old West gunfighter Doc Holliday went there for relief of his suffering from "consumption" (tuberculosis). [But he did die there! Too far gone!!] You can find relief yourself in its many natural hot springs.
GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS POOL RESORT - The most historic resort in town.
IRON MOUNTAIN HOT SPRINGS - Their geothermally three sources are Gamba, Hobo & CDOT springs. Day use facility, 3-hour session timing.
Here's an Excellent Nearby Stay - Just a Few Blocks Away>
Hearing Ouray's nickname: "the Switzerland of America" can set your imagination going before you arrive! As you begin driving from the south, and get that first glimpse - it's almost like seeing a version of Shangri-La!
Think of the Colorado scenic views you'll get while enjoying a sumptuous, restful soak in an area natural hot spring. We'll show you those we enjoy knowing.
WIESBADEN HOT SPRINGS SPA - Continuously flowing waters averaging 105oF will soothe your muscles in their experience choices:
Twin Peaks Lodge with Hot Springs>
4 Hot Spring Pools at Box Canyon Lodge
Feel the History - Plus Sauna & Soak
Top Value Close To Weisbaden Spa>
OURAY HOT SPRINGS POOL - The city maintains this spring fed pool for day use. Some areas closed in off-season. Located at 1220 Main St., 970-325-7073. Many choices for your own preference!
How about a Stay in a Private Apartment - RIGHT NEARBY THIS HOT SPRINGS POOL!
ORVIS HOT SPRINGS - Only about 9 miles from Ouray. Clothing-optional for outdoor soaks & sauna. Covering required in main building halls. You can camp, or stay in one of 6 themed away-from-it-all rooms. There's a community kitchen for use. More adult-oriented. No children under 3 years, those 3-17 must always be with an adult.
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