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When it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation, few things beat a soak in natural hot springs. Colorado is blessed with many natural hot springs across the state, and Steamboat Springs is no exception. Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Steamboat Springs is not just renowned for its world-class skiing but also for its geothermal treasures. The region is home to several hot springs that offer a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Visiting the hot springs around Steamboat really is a perfect activity any time of the year. In the winter, it’s the perfect way to soothe sore muscles and warm your body after a day on the slopes. In the fall as the weather starts to cool off, a visit to the hot springs is a cozy activity that pairs perfectly with leaf peeping. And even in the summer when the daytime temps are quite warm, people flock to enjoy the healing properties of the hot springs. They are especially relaxing in the morning and evening when the temperatures cool down. 

If you’re a first-time visitor to Steamboat Springs, or if you’ve been before but haven’t yet visited our hot springs, we hope you find this guide useful. Each hot spring has its own unique charm and therapeutic benefits. Enjoy your soak! 

History of Our Hot Springs

The Ute Indians, who inhabited this region long before European settlers arrived, revered these geothermal springs for their therapeutic properties, considering them sacred grounds. It wasn’t until the late 19th century, during the frontier era, that the town of Steamboat Springs was officially established. Early pioneers recognized the value of the hot springs, not only for their healing qualities but also as a potential draw for tourists. The first wooden bathhouses were constructed, attracting visitors seeking relief from various ailments. Today, the hot springs remain an integral part of Steamboat Springs’ cultural and recreational heritage, offering relaxation and rejuvenation to visitors who come to experience the historical allure of these naturally occurring wonders.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Location: 44200 County Rd. 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Strawberry Park Hot Springs in winter

Strawberry Park Hot Springs, nestled in the heart of the pristine wilderness near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a natural delight that beckons visitors with its rustic charm. Accessible via a scenic mountain road yet only 20 minutes outside of town, this secluded hot spring is a testament to the restorative power of nature. Surrounded by lush forests and the tranquil sounds of nature, Strawberry Park offers a range of pools built into the hillside and along the river using beautiful stone masonry. You will instantly feel relaxed as you step onto this magical property. The pools are of varying sizes and temperatures, so they can accommodate many preferences. There are restrooms, heated changing facilities, and multiple chairs and seating areas throughout the park, offering several spaces to relax and unwind between soaking. 

Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the soothing waters during a snowstorm, under the star-studded summer night sky, or amidst the vibrant colors of autumn, Strawberry Park Hot Springs provides an experience that is both serene and rejuvenating. It really is a must-visit destination for those seeking relaxation and a deep connection with the beauty of Colorado’s wilderness. You can even enrich your experience with a massage on-site! (Massage reservations must be made in advance.)

What to Know Before Visiting

Old Town Hot Springs

Location: 136 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Old Town Hot Springs Steamboat in the summer

If you prefer convenience and family-friendly amenities, Old Town Hot Springs is your go-to spot. Located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, this hot spring facility offers multiple pools, including water slides for the kids, a climbing wall, lap pool, picnic areas, and more. It’s a perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing or hiking, or for a rest day in between activities.

Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs is a popular local gem and a delightful activity for visitors seeking relaxation and recreation. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, this hot springs facility is much less rustic than Strawberry Park, but it’s a wonderful place to spend a couple hours. It offers an array of inviting pools (some are kid-friendly and some are adult-only), each with its unique temperature and ambiance. Whether you’re looking to soak in the therapeutic hot mineral waters, entertain the kids with water slides, or swim laps in the Olympic-sized pool, Old Town Hot Springs caters to all ages and preferences.

Beyond the pools, it boasts modern amenities, including fitness facilities, lockers rooms, massage services, and even a cafe, ensuring a well-rounded wellness experience. Surrounded by the stunning landscape of Steamboat Springs, this oasis provides the perfect opportunity to unwind after a day in the mountains, rejuvenate, and savor the beauty of Colorado’s mountains.

What to Know Before Visiting

Where to Stay

bedroom in Steamboat vacation rental

If you haven’t yet booked your Steamboat Springs accommodations, Four Seasons Steamboat would love to host you. Owned and operated by locals that know the area intimately, Four Seasons Steamboat is the best choice for vacation rentals in the area. Our properties are meticulously maintained, and we strive to provide the highest level of customer service. Browse our Steamboat rentals here, and choose from homes, condos, downtown or mountain locations, ski-in ski-out properties, pet friendly, and more.

Thanksgiving is a festive time to be in Steamboat Springs, with fun holiday celebrations and of course, opening day at Steamboat Ski Resort. After a quiet off-season, the town really comes alive once the mountain opens, and there’s no better place to embrace the warmth of Thanksgiving than in the picturesque setting of Steamboat Springs. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this charming Colorado town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and a welcoming community spirit. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape or an active holiday, Steamboat Springs promises a Thanksgiving experience unlike any other. It’s a favorite time of year for many Steamboat locals and guests alike – here are some reasons why.

What To Do in Steamboat Springs Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Opening Day at Steamboat

Opening day at Steamboat Resort typically falls on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Steamboat always puts on an array of opening day celebrations and giveaways (more details available closer to the season), and it’s a perfect way to kick off the winter and the holiday season. The snow conditions can be variable for opening day, but the atmosphere is always electric no matter how much early snow has fallen. This year, Steamboat will be unveiling more on mountain updates and improvements for the 2023/24 ski season as part of the Full Steam Ahead project, so there’s plenty to be excited about. If you’re coming to Steamboat Springs for Thanksgiving, make sure you get here for opening day – you will not regret it!

Scenic Splendor

There’s really nothing quite like the time of year when fresh snow starts to cover up the autumn leaves, and the air turns from crisp fall temps to cool winter days and nights. The changing of the seasons is the perfect backdrop for your Thanksgiving getaway. Temperatures are usually in the 30’s and 40’s with average snowfall for the month of November at around 25 inches. November snowfall gets locals more and more excited for the upcoming ski season. If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your thing, or if you’re just looking for some variety in your vacation, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors this time of year. Take a leisurely stroll along the Yampa River Core Trail, hike to scenic viewpoints around town, take a dip in the Strawberry Park or Town Park Hot Springs, or embark on a horseback ride through the stunning landscapes. This time of year in Steamboat Springs is peaceful and truly beautiful.

Thanksgiving Feasts with a Local Twist

Steamboat Springs boasts a vibrant culinary scene with over 100 restaurants. You’ll have your pick of many local restaurants offering Thanksgiving feasts, from buffets to pre-fixe menus, but you’ll also find regular menus if turkey and mashed potatoes isn’t your thing. From traditional turkey dinners with all the fixings to inventive takes on holiday classics, you’ll find a diverse range of dining options to satisfy your taste buds. And if your family tradition is cooking a homemade meal on Thanksgiving, then the fully-equipped kitchens in our Steamboat vacation rentals make the perfect setting for a holiday meal. There really is nothing like making a delicious meal with family and relaxing by the fire after a great day on the mountain.

Outdoor Adventures for All Ages

For those seeking an active Thanksgiving, Steamboat Springs offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Hit the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Resort (opening day falls on Wednesday, November 22, 2023), or explore the trails on foot or by bike, taking in the crisp mountain air and stunning vistas. You can also try your hand at fly-fishing in the Yampa River, soak in the natural hot springs, or enjoy a peaceful hot air balloon ride over the valley.

Festive Events and Community Spirit

The town of Steamboat Springs embraces a strong sense of community, and this is particularly evident during the Thanksgiving season. Look forward to local events like the Turkey Trot, where you can join fellow enthusiasts for a fun run or walk, and the Festival of Trees, where you can marvel at beautifully decorated trees and enjoy live entertainment. Engaging with the locals and fellow travelers during these events adds a heartwarming touch to your holiday experience, and it’ll make you want to come back year after year.

Strawberry hot springs in winter

Where to Stay in Steamboat for Thanksgiving

If you’re traveling with family or friends, a vacation rental can be such a great option, rather than everyone staying in multiple hotel rooms. Vacation rentals offer more space to spread out and more opportunities for quality time with loved ones. And features such as fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, luxurious bedding, and other amenities will make you feel right at home. If you’re sharing the home with multiple families, a vacation rental is often a more economic option as well. 

Our Four Seasons Steamboat’s rental properties are conveniently located close to skiing, restaurants, shops, and more, making them the perfect home base for your Thanksgiving vacation. With 35+ professionally managed Steamboat condo and home rentals, we can accommodate a variety of group sizes and budgets. For the ultimate convenience on a ski vacation, you might want to consider our ski-in/ski-out options. But don’t wait to book your stay – our Steamboat vacation rentals typically fill up well in advance of the holidays. We look forward to seeing you!

Steamboat Spring vacation rental living room, to show example of one of our units Steamboat ski in ski out condo pool