Visiting the Hot Springs in Steamboat Colorado
Published on 01/08/2019 by Brad Luth
What’s your idea of the ultimate relaxation? An undisturbed soak in a jacuzzi with your favorite book or—better yet—a glass of wine? A visit to a high-end spa and a full body massage with candles and essential oils? What about a refreshing dip in a natural hot spring?
While the first two can happen just about anywhere, there aren’t many spots readily available and open to the public for a soak in a hot spring. Luckily for you, Steamboat Springs offers several nearby retreats for just that!
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or you’re just curious about the hot springs experience, pencil in a visit to one of these natural hot springs during your stay in Steamboat Springs!
Hot Springs In Steamboat Springs
Old Town Hot Springs
136 S Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-1828
A true luxury hot springs destination, Old Town offers a resort-style experience. This upscale setting includes hot springs options for guests of every age and adventure level. From giant soaking pools and a waterfall spring to water slide pools and even a dedicated kid’s area, Old Town has it all! The facility features eight individual pool areas with temperatures ranging from 80 degrees in the lap pool to 103 degrees in the true hot springs. Other amenities, like the floating obstacle course and poolside cabanas, are available seasonally. Admission to Old Town starts at $18 for adults; additional experience might require an additional fee. The park is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekends.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
44200 Co Rd 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-0342
Visitors seeking a serene hot springs experience will feel right at home at Strawberry Park. The mineral water springs here average a balmy 104 degrees and provide a truly rejuvenating experience. Strawberry Park Hot Springs also offers a full range of massage and watsu experiences. Massages start at only $55 for half an hour while watsu, which is a type of aquatic therapy, starts at only $65 for half an hour. Of course, the hot springs are relaxation enough, and are open year-round for guest enjoyment. The outdoor spring setting is quite natural, with minimal lighting and extra amenities, though the park does offer limited concessions and picnic areas. Strawberry Park is open Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Admission is $15 for adults over the age of 18 with discounts for children.
Hot Springs Near Steamboat Springs
If you’re up for exploring, check out these hot springs that are located within a 90 minute drive of Steamboat Springs.
Juniper Hot Springs
A sustainable hot springs community, Juniper is a complete oasis for health, wellness, and outdoor recreation. This no-frills hot springs attraction was established in 1880 and enjoys a rich history. Travelers have been coming to Juniper for well over 100 years to take in the piping hot spring water and picturesque surroundings. What could be better than a refreshing soak with pristine mountain vistas? And, the best part is that admission is only $5 per person per day!
Radium Hot Springs
Situated along the banks of the Colorado River, Radium Springs is the ideal destination for adventurers seeking a very natural hot springs experience. Radium is rather remote, but the scenic drive through the mountains is well worth the trip. Please note that the unique location of this spring makes it only accessible via a small car, hiking, or a raft or kayak. The spring is surrounded by striking red mountain rocks that provide a smooth surface for relaxing. Unlike many other area springs, which can reach temperatures well above 100 degrees, the hot springs at Radium are a bit more comfortable with temperatures in the 80’s, making this a hot spot (or, rather, warm spot) for guests seeking a slightly more comfortable spring experience. And, Radium Hot Springs is completely free to visit!
Hot Sulphur Springs Resort
If you’re ready to take the heat to the next level, Sulphur Springs Resort is calling your name! This mountain community is situated along a rather large Earth fissure that releases heat from volcanic rock. The pools at Sulphur Springs Resort range from 95 degrees to 112 degrees, which are some of the hottest (but still safe!) natural springs in the area. The resort actually offers 21 mineral pools for visitors to enjoy. Rates start at $20 for adults for a public pool and $20 per hour for a dip in a private pool.
Tips For Visiting Colorado’s Hot Springs
Is it your first time visiting a natural spring? Check out these FAQs for more information.
What is a natural hot spring?
A natural hot spring is produced by geothermally heated groundwater that rises from the Earth’s crust. While some hot springs are too hot or contain too many minerals to be enjoyed, many are perfectly safe for visiting. The state of Colorado offers more than 25 public hot springs.
What minerals are in a hot spring?
Hot springs contain a variety of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and sodium—to name a few. These minerals are natural and safe for human exposure. In fact, these minerals have also been linked to several health benefits, like increased blood circulation, stress reduction, pain relief, and improved sleep.
Are hot springs safe?
Yes! Though some natural hot springs are too hot or contain dangerous minerals, all of the public hot springs in Colorado are very safe to visit. These facilities are actively monitored and many staff attendants to ensure safety. You can always call ahead with any questions prior to your visit.
What’s the best time to visit a hot spring?
Most of Colorado’s hot springs are open year-round! The warmer months provide a relaxing water oasis while the colder months provide a welcomed spot to keep warm in the snow. Be sure to call ahead if you have any questions about hours or pool schedules.
How much does it cost to visit a hot spring?
The cost of visiting a hot spring varies greatly on location. Some hot springs are truly natural and are free to visit. Others offer a more resort-style experience with amenities and full-time staff on-site for support. In general, you can expect to pay between $10 – $20 per person at a professional natural spring facility.