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Healing Waters

Photo of The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs

The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs offers geothermal waters that contain many minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, lithium, iron and manganese which have many health benefits. The name “Pagosa” comes from the Ute word meaning “healing waters.”

Soaking in hot springs not only can feel sublime, it has a number of health benefits, too. Geothermal waters contain large amounts of dissolved minerals that come from deep within the earth. There are typically between 14 and 24 different minerals in geothermal pools, and each mineral possesses unique properties offering soakers a mix of wellness. Many claim the steamy and sulfur-smelling experience of sinking into hot springs can naturally detox skin, relax the mind, lower stress, increase circulation and decrease aches and pains. Here are a few to try:

Indian Hot Springs (Idaho Springs) has a variety of options including geothermal caves, private baths, outdoor hot tubs and a mineral water pool inside an atrium.

Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs) is well known for its signature Watsu aquatic therapy massage, as well as for becoming clothing optional after dark. Nearby, Old Town Hot Springs includes geothermal pools, lap swimming, water slides, a fitness center, climbing wall, tennis courts, massage services and childcare.

The Springs Resort & Spa (Pagosa Springs) has 25 geothermal pools and boasts the world’s deepest geothermal spring. With a full-service spa and salon, a separate luxury hotel, and views of the San Juan mountains, this spot might be vacation-worthy. Also in Pagosa Springs, the Overlook Hot Springs has rooftop tubs and the Healing Waters Resort & Spa is located in the heart of downtown.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort (Glenwood Springs) is family-friendly with a splash/aquatic park, swimming lanes, a diving board and poolside restaurant. Enjoy the world’s largest hot springs pool, which includes relaxation areas. Less than five minutes away, Iron Mountain Hot Springs is located on the banks of the Colorado River.

Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs (Redstone) has three tiered hot springs pools designed around the natural landscape and rock formations. Stay in a private cabin on this pastoral 36-acre ranch and enjoy the hiking trails, fishing pond and private riverfront access.

Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool (Ouray) has a shallow pool ideal for young swimmers and an activity pool with an inflatable obstacle course. Play volleyball, then relax in the infinity-edge overlook pool. Also in Ouray, Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers hot springs tubs to overnight guests and Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs has a mountain view, outdoor pool and two soaking tubs.

Dunton Hot Springs (Dunton) is just across the mountain from Telluride. It is set in an 1800s ghost town. Choose from soaking inside the restored 19th-century bathhouse inside Well House Cabin or outside under the stars.

Check corresponding websites for reservation and pricing information before adventuring out.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of The Springs Resort & Spa




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