When you are on vacation, do you like to take some “me time” to relax and recharge?? What if I told you that you can do exactly that when you are on a family vacation in the Rocky Mountains? Taking a little time to experience the hot springs of the Rockies will enhance your time away from home with your family. And when you are soaking in the hot springs, your family can be off doing the things that are at the top of their vacation list! If they are looking for ideas, have them read my recommendations of the best things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter.
There are quite a few hot springs in the Rockies. The tricky part will be choosing which one, or ones, you want to visit. Unless of course, you simply choose the hot spring in the Rockies that is closest to your accommodations.
Here are a few of the favorite and popular, hot springs of the Rockies:
The Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn, and the hot springs of the same name, can be found right on the banks of the Cottonwood Creek. The hot springs were used by the Ute Indians before the settlers began arriving in the area. Each one of the hot springs is filled with mineral water that reaches temperatures of between ninety-four and one hundred-ten degrees Fahrenheit. When you are not relaxing in these hot springs of the Rockies, you may find yourself inside the spa. There are dozens of treatments offered at this spa and it is an excellent way to regroup during your family vacation.
It is said that the Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs are the absolute best hot springs in the Rockies. The hot springs are all natural and filled with mineral water that is a steady one hundred four degrees. The massive rocks that surround these hot springs create amazing views. However, I recommend visiting these hot springs during the winter months. It is at that time of the year when the landscape becomes covered in snow and ice, creating a magical vibe you won’t be able to resist.
If you are interested in soaking in one of the hottest hot springs in the world, I have just one! The Glenwood Hot Springs reaches temperatures of one hundred twenty-two degrees. However, the water is normally one hundred-four degrees by the time it gets to the pool area. The pool area of this hot spring is the largest in the country. You can easily sit there and soak. But you can also do laps and even dive when you are in this hot spring pool.
Hot Sulphur Springs can be found in the town of the same name. This is one of the best hot springs in the Rockies to visit after exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park. There are many different hot springs pools for you to enjoy at this location. Some of the hot spring pools reach temperatures of ninety-five degrees. Others go all the way up to one hundred twelve degrees. There is also a spa at the hotel located at these hot springs. You can easily spend an entire day in this area.
The charming town of Pagosa Springs is where you will find the Springs Resort & Spa. This hot spring is the deepest one in the world. All the pools have different water temperatures, so you should be able to find one that is perfect for you. I recommend swimming in the San Juan River before getting into the hot springs. It is what all the locals do, and it is quite refreshing.
These are the best hot springs in the Rockies. You must have at least one of them on your list when you are taking a family vacation in the Rocky Mountains.
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