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Hot Natural Springs in the Mountains
Arranged by closest drive time from Breckenridge
Drive south from Breckenridge over Hoosier Pass to Fairplay and turn west toward the Collegiate Peak, where Colorado's tallest mountains reside. At the foot of Mount Princeton is a natural hot springs that feeds a couple of large swimming pools at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, located on Chalk Creek Road (15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236)
The resort includes a hotel, cabins and a small restaurant. Day passes to the pools are available and there are changing room that open onto the pools. There are several natural, stacked-rock pools located in the creek that pool the hot water and are open to resort users, and give a great natural way to soak and see the area.
The hot springs is located up Chalk Creek Canyon so the setting is a high mountain one covered with conifers. The drive is beautiful and the views interesting. Above the resort are several ghost towns and the road turns to dirt and is soon after more of a 4-wheel drive road than one easily traveled.
Cottonwood Hot Springs
Located on Cottonwood Pass Road, this is a small hot springs area with a changing room and four small pools and one larger one. The setting is in an open meadow and not very far from the town of Buena Vista.
Salida's Hot Springs Pool
Located right in the town of Salida is the town's aquatic center, heated by natural hot water. Usually temperatures here are: Lap Pool: 84-86 degrees. Leisure Pool: 97-100 degrees.
The largest hot springs pool in the state is one visited by President Theodore Roosevelt when he was visiting Colorado and setting up the National Park System. An historic hotel is located just across the street from the pool and a full recreation center is attached to it. There is an Olympic-size lap-lane area in the largest of the outdoor pool with a large circular slide, diving boards and twice the size of the lap lane is leisure pool area. A second smaller, but still very large pool is hotter and a great place to be on a cold day. Other pools include a kids wading pool, some indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms.
Glennwood's hot springs pool is filtered and cleaned with a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly system pioneered in Germany.
Hot Sulphur Springs
From the Hot Sulphur Spring website, the owners of the springs in the town of the same name say: "We do not add chemicals, filter or recirculate our mineral water. Over 200,000 gallons of natural hot mineral-rich water flow through our 21 mineral pools and baths every day at controlled temperatures of 95º to 112ºF."
The water comes from 35,000 feet below the surface of the earth, in the volcanic rock below Hot Sulphur Springs, and surfaces in seven natural springs flowing above the largest fissure is the rocks that have been flowing constantly for hundreds of years. As its source the water is between 104ºF to 126ºF.