Best Hot Springs in Salida Colorado and Chaffee County

Soak in a natural mineral hot springs pool after a day of skiing or hiking. The therapeutic hot springs near Creekside Chalet are the perfect way to end the day or even start it! The facilities are open throughout the day and early evening for the convenience of visitors to the Salida area all year. In fact, they are some of the most popular year-round attractions in Chaffee County and Salida, Colorado. 

Colorado is known for its majestic mountains, but the state offers a variety of thermal springs rich in therapeutic minerals that bubble up from the depths of the earth. Many people enjoy the rejuvenating and healing properties of the mineral springs—the following mineral springs welcome day visitors.

Origins of Hot Springs

Rainwater and snowmelt seep slowly into the porous rocks and the ground. The water picks up minerals from the rocks on its way. While much of the water runs off into rivers, some of it percolates deep into the earth’s mantle, where it is heated. The hot water finds its way into the fissures and faults that have resulted from millions of years of seismic activity that built the mountains. The heated water rises quickly to the surface to become hot springs. 

Creekside Chalets in the Salida area of Chaffee County is the perfect base for exploring the different hot springs. Our one to three-bedroom cabins can accommodate couples and families who want to explore this beautiful area any time of the year.

Salida Hot Spring Aquatic Center

Boasting the largest indoor hot springs aquatic center in the state of Colorado, this center includes a 25-meter indoor pool heated to 84 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The water comes from the underground springs about eight miles up the mountain, and the pool has six lanes, and it is open year-round.

A hot tub with a water temperature around 100 degrees F is perfect for soaking tired muscles. This pool includes a waterfall feature that brings the water from the mountain pipes. Private soaking pools are available for up to three people, and the water temperature may be adjusted to your requirements.

Salida Springs Aquatic Center is only 10 miles from the Creekside Chalets. Managed by the City of Salida Parks and Recreation Department, a variety of programs are offered, including Swim lessons, water fitness, and lap swimming, along with special Kayak classes for adults and children.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Since 1879, Mount Princeton has been one of the oldest and most beloved in the area. Nestled in the Arkansas River Valley between Salida and Buena Vista, you can easily access the resort by car, just 30 minutes from Creekside Chalets in Nathrop, Colorado. This outdoor hot springs resort includes several pools with temperatures ranging from 100 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs includes the Chalk Creek Springs, where water bubbles out of the ground at 140 degrees F. The hot thermal water mixes with the cool waters of Chalk Creek in twenty unique pools bordered with river stones. Each pool is at a different temperature and available on a seasonal basis since water flow in the creek results from snowmelt.

The resort includes multiple types of pools for visitors to enjoy, including a soaking pool, exercise pool, a lazy river that connects to other pools, and a 400-foot water slide. Temperatures range from a cool 75 degrees F to a soothing 99 degrees.

The resort is perfect for the family, with showers and lockers to spend the whole day. Other special spa programs include massages, facials, skin treatments, and even acupuncture. Yoga classes are also scheduled at the center for visitors to enjoy a full day of rejuvenation. 

Mount Princeton Hot Springs is open year-round. Hours vary by season and include evenings that allow guests to gaze at the stars on clear nights from the warmth of the mineral pools.

Joyful Journey Hot Springs

This hot springs resort is about 32 miles south of Salida and a 35-minute drive from Creekside Chalets. The location near Creston is the gateway to the San Luis Valley with the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance. At an elevation of 7700 feet, Joyful Journey Hot Springs has some of the best views in the valley, with the distant mountains towering at 14,000 feet.

This resort has three pools cooled to different temperatures from 98 to 108 degrees F. The water is cooled because it is sourced from travertine springs on the property at hotter temperatures ranging from 120 to 145 degrees F.

The water is rich in minerals, including sodium bicarbonate, boron, calcium, lithium, fluoride, potassium, and magnesium. The minerals are a natural treatment for arthritis, foot and leg cramps, thyroid problems, hormone imbalance, and metabolism. The minerals also strengthen muscles and improve blood flow. 

Although the pools are outdoors, they are covered and protected with plexiglass so that guests can look out at the scenery in every season. Additional services include Spa treatments such as massages and facials, and Yoga classes.

Cottonwood Hot Springs

Cottonwood Hot Springs is located about a 45-minute drive from the Salida area about five miles west of Buena Vista; the thermal water in the rock-lined natural spring pool is gravity fed, and private soaking tubs are also available. This quiet resort is a local favorite for those looking to unplug and experience nature.

Lodging and camping are available on-site, and soaking hours are open to the public seven days a week from 8 am- 12 pm. In addition, the resort is dedicated to keeping guests exposure to electricity limited by utilizing wind turbines on the property, organic mattresses, solar arrays, and even pond habitats for warm-water fish. Unfortunately, wifi is not available to maintain this remarkable place’s natural serenity.

Valley View Hot Springs

The Moffat-Village Grove area in the San Luis Valley is the location of this family-friendly hot springs, about 40 minutes from the chalet. Valley View Hot Springs is an optional clothing resort in a beautiful, isolated wilderness setting. The seven pools designed in an alpine forest are built with rock walls and vary from 93 to 107 degrees. There is also a swimming pool and sauna on-site.

While you may be hesitant to head to a naturalist resort, this one-of-a-kind experience brings you as close to nature as possible. Admission is limited! Valley View Hot Springs is owned and operated by Orient Land Trust, a charitable non-profit organization. To preserve this delicate and peaceful ecosystem, even when accommodations are available, we frequently must turn people away, especially during busy times such as weekends when capacity is full. Reservations are highly recommended.

Need a Home Base for Your Salida Adventures?

Creekside Chalets and Cabins are 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!

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