Western Colorado, USA (April 24, 2018) – Spanning over 720 miles, the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is a trek to some of the state’s most beautiful mineral waters. Each destination along the Loop has something new for visitors, offering exceptional hot springs experiences. The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is comprised of five premier destinations, each bringing their own sizzle to the geothermal journey.
Five premier hot springs destinations in western Colorado—Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs, and Steamboat Springs—have come together to form the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop which showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. From intimate private baths, to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool, each of the 19 facilities offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations, and fun-filled aquatic centers.
If arriving from Denver, it’s a 2.5-hour drive to Chaffee County, which is our first stop on the Historic Hot Springs Loop. The communities of Buena Vista, Nathrop and Salida are all located on mountainous terrain, which provides a stunning backdrop for their hot springs. Relax in the country’s largest indoor hot spring pool at Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. Or, soak in natural geothermal pools at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Cottonwood Hot Springs.
Three hours southwest, the pools in Pagosa Springs are used for rest and relaxation, as well as a heating source for some of the downtown shops and businesses, like the Riff Raff Brewing Company — offering “Earth-powered” craft beer. The mother spring, known as the “World’s Deepest,” supplies the mineral pools at Overlook Hot Springs Spa, Healing Waters Resort & Spa and the Springs Resort & Spa, which offers visitors a choice of 23 pools at varying temperatures and sizes. To cool down, take advantage of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s highest snowfall in Colorado, less than half an hour from downtown.
So called for its iconic mountainous scenery, Ouray County is home to an eclectic community of locally-owned businesses housed in Victorian-styled buildings along Main Street. Ouray’s sulfur-free hot springs offer all the benefits of natural mineral hot springs without the typical sulfur-smell. Kick back at the family-friendly Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Or enjoy the healing vapor caves at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa. And for a natural experience, visit the clothing-optional Orvis Hot Spring.
Over 200 kilometers north is Glenwood Springs, which boasts the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Water from the Yampah Hot Spring supplies the award-winning Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and the natural steam baths at Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves, while three other springs along the Colorado River supply healing waters to 16 pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. For a unique thrill, try the Cliffhanger – the highest elevation rollercoaster in North America at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!
For more family-friendly activities, Steamboat Springs’ Old Town Hot Springs offers kiddie pools, water slides and climbing walls. And if traveling without the kids, the downtown facility also features energizing fitness, yoga and massage. If you’re looking to connect with nature, enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique surroundings when camping in a converted train car at the Strawberry Hot Springs. Western Colorado is breathtaking with its plentiful, naturally-occurring hot springs and charming resort areas. Embrace the rich culture of traditional healing, and discover Colorado’s Historic Hot Springs Loop.
About the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop: Five premier hot springs destinations in western Colorado—Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs, and Steamboat Springs—have come together to form the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop. This 720-mile loop showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. There is so much variety; from intimate private baths, to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Each of the nineteen facilities offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations, and fun-filled aquatic centers. For more information, please visit www.colorado.com/hotspringsloop. For the online media room, go to https://coloradohistorichotspringsloop.newswire.com/.