Living in Denver means you’re near dozens of natural hot springs. Some are only 45 minutes away, while others make a great day trip.
Each Denver hot springs has its own personality. Some are geared toward families, complete with hotels and mini golf. Others are luxurious spas with pricey rooms and champagne poured on order. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Here are the top five Denver, Colorado hot springs.
Indian Hot Springs
Quick Getaway or Overnight Stay
45 minutes from Denver
This is the closest hot springs to Denver on our list, which makes it popular with folks living in Denver who need a quick getaway from the rush of daily life. You can go for an afternoon, or book a room in one of several of their buildings. They have vintage-style resort rooms, a more upscale lodge, cabins, and campgrounds. Their soaking options are just as varied, with a warm swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzis, mud baths, and underground geo-thermal caves. The caves are separated into men’s and women’s—no bathing suits allowed!
Hot Sulphur Springs
Skin Treatment Soaks
2 hours from Denver
Take a deep breath when you arrive at Hot Sulphur Springs . . . you’ll smell the sulfur! There are 21 small soaking pools, each at a different temperature. The water can get up to 126 degrees, but the pools’ temperatures are controlled between 95 and 112 degrees. Hot Sulphur Springs is understated, compared to some of the Denver hot springs on this list. The modest hotel has 17 no-frills rooms, and the locker room at the pools is out of date, but well kept. If you go, remember that regardless of the scent, the water is perfectly healthy—even drinkable.
Cottonwood Hot Springs
Low-Key Quiet Retreat
2.5 hours from Denver
Nestled in a canyon between two mountain peaks, where big horn sheep pick their way over the rocks, Cottonwood is a rustic, small-scale Denver hot springs. It’s great for couples, families, and small groups. Their biggest pool still isn’t really big enough for swimming, but you’ll find children splashing around during the day and early evening. After dark, though, no kids are allowed. The Cottonwood motel is simple, with no TVs in the rooms to promote relaxation, and recent renovations mean it’s not quite as rustic as it once was. Their common room is a great gathering place for meals and games, with a small library and a pool table. Like the other Denver hot springs on our list, they offer spa treatments, but they have a small staff, so make sure to book yours in advance.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Rustic Mountain Camping and Soak
3 hours from Denver
None of the Denver hot springs on our list have treated water—it’s all natural, right out of the earth—but most also have concrete pools and paved walkways. Strawberry hasn’t gone for the concrete pools (though the walkways are paved with natural stone) and they haven’t built up their site with too many buildings. They’re one of the more rustic Denver hot springs. Soaking here is like being in a 104 degree lake, surrounded by forested mountains. Lodging here consists of camping grounds and several rustic cabins, each with its own personality (a train caboose and covered wagon are included in the mix).
Glenwood Hot Springs
2 hours and 45 minutes from Denver
The big pool at Glenwood is touted as the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool. Maybe that’s because the spring that feeds it delivers roughly three and a half million gallons of mineral-filled hot water every day. It has water slides and lap swimming—something you won’t find at many other Denver hot springs. There’s a 107-room hotel at Glenwood, which includes a spa and fitness center. If you go, be sure to check out the packages they offer—you can get packages that include spa treatments, family rates, fly fishing, and tours of the nearby Fairy Caves.