Colorado is home to hundreds of hot springs and some of the best of those hot springs can be found in Salida and the surrounding area. These mineral-rich waters have long been believed to have healing and therapeutic properties. In addition, time spent in these springs is incredibly effective for relieving stress and promoting relaxation. A trip to any of the area’s hot springs is a wonderful vacation addition whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter. To help you choose which geothermal pools you’d like to visit, we’ve put together an overview of the best hot springs that the area has to offer.
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
You won’t have to travel too far from Creekside Chalets and Cabins to relax in the largest indoor hot springs facility in the USA, the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. Located just about 10 miles from the chalets, the aquatic center is perfect for both relaxation, fun, and exercise. The water is piped in from an underground spring that’s eight miles away up in the mountains. And unlike many hot springs, this water is odorless.
The center includes two pools. One is a 25-meter, six-lane pool that maintains a temperature of 84 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The other pool is smaller with a zero-depth entry that’s usually 97 to 100 degrees. The smaller pool is perfect for soaking and also for play, as it boasts a waterfall feature. Private soaking pools are available as well. These European-style pools can accommodate two to three people and the water temperature can be adjusted to your preferences. Reservations are recommended for the private pools.
The aquatic center is open seven days a week. There are open swim times every day, however, hours may vary as the center also hosts recreation programs, classes, and other events.
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort
The Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is located about a 30-minute drive north of Creekside Chalets in Nathrop, Colorado. Day passes are available. The resort is fairly large with several different options for soaking and swimming. There are cascading hot springs, which are open year round with pool temperatures ranging from 101 up to 107 degrees. These pools are set into the ground and constructed entirely of rock for a natural and inviting feel.
There are also creekside hot springs, which are located right in Chalk Creek. These pools each have their own geothermal hot spring and are surrounded by their own ring of rocks. You can move these rocks to allow more or less of the creek water into the pool, lowering or increasing the pool’s temperature. There are 20 pools total, all of which are about one foot in depth. The creekside hot springs’ availability will depend on snow melt, so closures may occur from May to August.
Other pools at Mt. Princeton include the soaking pool (kept at about 105 degrees) and the exercise pool (at 95 degrees). There are also some upper pools, which have a lazy river connecting them and a 400-foot water slide. These pools are typically kept at about 75 degrees. Finally, there’s the relaxation pool, which is reserved for adult guests and maintained at 99 degrees. If you want to pamper yourself even more, there’s an on-site day spa where you can enjoy massages, facials, acupuncture, and more.
You’ll find Joyful Journey Hot Springs in Moffat, Colorado, which is about a 35-minute drive from the chalets. There are three pools on site, ranging in temperature from 98 to 108 degrees. One of the things that makes Joyful Journey so special is the sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains that you can enjoy from every pool. The pools are covered and also protected by plexiglass windows, so you can enjoy a soak even if the weather isn’t the most ideal. In addition to spending time in the pools, you can book spa services. Joyful Journey offers a full menu of massages and facials for the complete relaxation experience.
Cottonwood Hot Springs
At Cottonwood Hot Springs, you’ll enjoy a relaxed and laid back experience. These springs are located just west of Buena Vista, about 40 minutes from Creekside Chalets and Cabins. There are five pools, which range in temperature from 94 to 110 degrees. The focus at Cottonwood is on rejuvenation and healing, which is why the area around the pools is a designated quiet zone. Guests are asked to respect the site and others by refraining from loud conversations and rowdy behavior. In addition, alcohol is prohibited on the grounds to ensure a stress-free experience for everyone.
Spa services are also available at Cottonwood Hot Springs. There’s quite the selection of massages, body treatments, and other therapies from which you can choose. It’s advisable that you book your reservation in advance of your arrival to ensure that you’re able to enjoy the services you want.
Valley View Hot Springs
The Valley View Hot Springs are in Moffat, Colorado, about 40 minutes from the chalets. This is a family-friendly, but clothing optional, establishment – so it might not be for everybody. That said, however, the pools at Valley View boast incredibly beautiful natural settings. The ponds have been built up with rock retaining walls so that they range in depth from two to four feet. There’s no artificial light around the pools, making them perfect for stargazing. Their temperatures vary from 93 to 107 degrees. On site, there’s also a swimming pool, a kid’s pool, and a hydroelectric sauna. The sauna is especially unique in that it includes a cool pool of water so you can cool down without leaving. Reservations are recommended as there is a limited number of guests that are allowed every day. The hot springs are closed during the month of December.
Need a Home Base for Your Salida Adventures?
Creekside Chalets and Cabins is located within easy driving distance of all the area hot springs. Our one- to three-bedroom cabins are perfect for families, friends, and romantic retreats. We look forward to welcoming you!