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The Ultimate Guide to the Colorado Hot Springs Loop

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When it comes to picturesque landscapes and natural wonders, Colorado rarely disappoints. Nestled within its majestic Rocky Mountains, there’s a hidden gem that offers relaxation, rejuvenation, and breathtaking scenery in equal measure: the Colorado Hot Springs Loop. If you’re in search of a unique and soothing adventure, look no further.

Discovering the Loop

The Colorado Hot Springs Loop is an 800-mile scenic drive that connects the state’s most enchanting hot springs destinations of Buena Vista, Nathrop, Salida, Saguache County, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ouray, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Steamboat Springs. This well-kept secret showcases the diversity of Colorado’s terrain while providing an opportunity to unwind in nature’s own jacuzzis. From rustic mountain retreats to modern wellness centers, the loop offers a wide range of hot spring experiences for every traveler.

Variety of Hot Springs Experiences

No two hot springs on the loop are alike, and that’s part of the allure. Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly experience or a more private soak, you’ll find it here. Some hot springs are nestled in the heart of the wilderness, accessible only by a short hike, while others are conveniently located in town. Some offer luxury spa treatments, while others maintain a more rustic, down-to-earth vibe.

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Some of our favorite hot springs:

≫  Backcountry Bliss: Conundrum Hot Springs
≫  Riverside Serenity: Strawberry Park Hot Springs
≫  Alpine Oasis: Ouray Hot Springs Pool

Healing Benefits

Hot springs have long been believed to have therapeutic properties. The mineral-rich waters are said to ease muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Whether you’re seeking relief from aches and pains or just want to unwind and de-stress, a soak in these natural pools can work wonders.

A Gem Along the Way 

Pagosa Springs is famous for its healing hot springs, each with its unique mineral composition. These therapeutic waters have drawn visitors for centuries, offering relaxation and relief from the stresses of everyday life. Whether you choose to soak in a rustic, natural pool or pamper yourself at a luxurious hot spring resort, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling rejuvenated.

Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs

≫  The Springs Resort & Spa
≫  Healing Waters Resort & Spa
≫  Overlook Hot Springs Spa

Ready to hit the road? Download the hot springs loop map here.

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If you’re passing through Pagosa Springs in summer, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the San Juan River! At Pagosa Outside, our full service headquarters in downtown Pagosa Springs has everything you need to float the river and experience Pagosa Springs tubing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and whitewater rafting. We’ll save you a spot!

PS: One of our staff is a Colorado Hot Springs Loop ambassador, advocating for responsible and sustainable travel. Check out her insight on how to best explore the San Juan River while visiting Pagosa Springs on your tour.