If you’ve ever looked at a map of the cities in Colorado, it would be hard to miss that a lot of the city names contain “Springs”. That’s because these cities in Colorado are known for their famous Hot Springs. And thus is born the Historic Colorado Hot Springs Loop. The loop is a 720-mile trek during which you visit each of the most popular hot springs around the state.
These ancient and famous hot springs are known for their natural mineral waters that relax the muscles and ease the mind. With all the physical activity you’ll enjoy on your visit to Colorado, it’s only right to fit some R&R in as well. There are 19 facilities featured in the loop and beautiful Steamboat Springs is home to two of those. Call us biased but we feel that Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Park Hot Springs rank pretty high on that list.
STRAWBERRY HOT SPRINGS
You truly have to see it to believe it.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the most magical mineral springs in the world. Soaking in 104-degree healing waters surrounded by the privacy of the forest is simply a dream. The natural environment is pristine and a visit is an unforgettable experience.
Large Soaking Pools • Massage Therapy
• Picnic Areas • Small Concession Stand
• Private pools available with reservation
• Couples Massage
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is open year round and well worth the visit if you are in the area.
Take the Hot Springs Shuttle up to the remote park and soak for a few hours or rent a cabin and stay the night. Be careful where you shine your light, clothing is optional after dark!
OLD TOWN HOT SPRINGS
The Old Town Hot Springs have been a part of Steamboat for over 100 years in one way or another. The first settlers of this area, the Ute Indians referred to them as “medicine springs” and used them for physical and spiritual healing. The Heart Spring is what feeds each of the 8 pools on site. It pumps roughly 220 gallons of hot mineral water out of the ground per minute. The spring pumps the water much like an artisan well so no man made pumps are used—pretty cool huh?
Another interesting fact: the Old Town Hot Springs is an independent 501(c)(m) non-profit organization. In order to serve the community as a fitness and recreational entity, the facility has grown into a multi-use complex, offering opportunities in water and fitness for all ages.
• Hot Soaking Pools • Eight Lap Lanes • Aquatic Climbing Wall
• Two Tennis Courts • Massage Therapy • Childcare
• Fitness Center with cardio equipment and a weight room • Two 225ft water slides
The Old Town Hot Springs has been voted best Fitness Center & Gym in Steamboat, as well as winner of the Best of the Boat Spa.
Want to do the whole 720 mile loop? We've listed the top areas on the Historic Colorado Hot Springs loop for you below:
Home to what is considered one of the largest mineral hot springs in the world. Other notable features of Gleenwood Springs are the Yampah Vapor Caves - an underground steam bath and the hike to Hanging Lake.
Known as the Switzerland of America, is home to five of the hot springs featured on the loop: Ouray Hot Springs, Box Canyon Hot Springs, Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs, Twin Peaks Hot Springs, and Orvis Hot Springs. The geologic forces that made Ouray a mining town are responsible for its hot springs too– sans the strong sulfur smell you may have experienced at other hot springs.
Located in the San Juan Mountains, Pagosa Springs is home to the world’s deepest geothermal aquifer. The Great Pagosa Hot Springs are known for rejuvenating and healing qualities and were discovered hundreds of years ago by the Ute Indians.
Located along the Continental Divide are the charming towns of Salida and Buena Vista. A booming recreational hotspot, these towns have it all: legendary mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and skiing. The geothermic waters and state-of-the-art-spa facilities are sure to impress everyone who visits.