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, 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
- You must make a reservation online ahead of time, so be sure to check the website for available times. The weekends tend to sell out during peak seasons throughout the year and you can book 25-30 days in advance, so don’t wait too long!
- Reservations are for 2 hour time slots, and only cash is accepted (there is no ATM on site)
- Snacks, glass, and alcohol are prohibited on-site
- From November 1 to May 1, 4-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires are required. There are shuttle companies that take guests to Strawberry Park, if you do not have the appropriate vehicle.
- Minors are not allowed after dark, as clothing is optional in the evening hours
- Bring a flashlight or headlamp if you plan to visit after dark, as there is very little lighting on the property for the ultimate star gazing and relaxation!
- Pets are not allowed on-site or in your vehicles, so please leave them at home
- Strawberry Park is off-grid, so there are no outlets to charge devices, hair dryers, etc.
Old Town Hot Springs
Location: 136 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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
- Reservations are not required; Admission is for the entire day, so you are welcome to stay as long as you’d like, or leave and return later if you choose.
- 5-pack tickets (1 per individual) are also available if you are visiting Steamboat for a longer stay and plan to visit 5 times.
- Open to the public every day, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
- Outside food and drink is allowed, and there are multiple seating areas to snack and relax. Alcohol is prohibited.
- Take your hot springs visit to the next level by booking a massage. Hot springs use is included with all massages.
- The hot springs are typically pretty crowded on weekends, so plan your visit accordingly. But with several different pools to enjoy, it isn’t too difficult to enjoy some peace and solitude on crowded days.
Where to Stay
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.