Natural forming hot springs are one of nature’s greatest delights. They’ve been used for thousands of years for their supposed healing properties, and many swear by them as a way to relieve pain, promote sleep, and fix a number of other ailments. But hot springs are also delightful places to enjoy a nice, relaxing soak in a natural environment. Many springs today are associated with resorts, making them great places for a weekend getaway too. Here are 5 of the best hot springs to visit in Colorado.
Orvis Hot Springs
Orvis Hot Springs is an outdoor spring located in Ridgeway, Colorado. Orvis is a natural hot spring but operated by a spa. It is clothing optional and an electronics-free area. There are both outdoor and indoor pools. The indoor pools are clothing required. If you’re looking for something to do once you’re done soaking, Ridgeway features a railroad museum and Ridgeway State Park is an excellent spot to hike.
Ouray Hot Springs
Ouray hot springs are unlike any other. The hot springs are also operated by a spa/resort surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks. The hot spring is a 750,000 gallon pool with different areas, shallow and deeper, depending on the swimming experience you’d like to have. Ouray hot springs is clothing-required.
Mount Princeton features family-friendly, clothing-required hot springs. The springs are located alongside a creek, giving you the option of swimming in some cooler waters to take a break from the springs. There is a resort associated with the springs with lodging and some pretty posh amenities, making this a great spot for a quick visit or a longer stay.
Cottonwood springs is a resort located in the San Isabel National Forest near Buena Vista, Colorado. Cottonwood features a variety of pools, which means there’s a good chance you’ll find the soaking pool right for you. Cottonwood also has private rooms for an overnight stay.
Valley view hot springs
Valley View Hot Springs is the ultimate spring experience for nature lovers. It is a clothing optional hot spring with seven pools to choose from. Waterfall Pond is the favorite of the pools, creating a pleasant, natural environment. Valley View also has a sauna, a cooling basin, and camping and lodging options for year-round guests.