Natural Hot Springs

Colorado Tourism Office has created a 720-mile Historic Hot Springs Loop for visitors to discover and unwind in the best of the state's natural hot springs, ranging from intimate private baths to the world's largest mineral hot springs pool. Visitors can select a section of the route and should take a week or two to really experience some of the scenic Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, providing a relaxing and warming respite from the snow in winter or a nature-inspired wellness road trip in the summer months. Key spots on the route include:

Visitors to Glenwood Springs can relax in some of the world's most incredible hot springs. The world's largest hot springs pool, Glenwood Hot Springs spans 405 feet in length, containing over 1 million gallons of spring water to warm the body at 32°C. Located on the bank of the Colorado River, Iron Mountain Hot Springscomprises 16 soaking pools filled with pure, hot mineral water. Beneath the surface, visitors can lose themselves in the Yampah (meaning 'medicine' to the Ute Indians) Vapour Caves which have been used for their medicinal properties since 1887. /

  • Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort (Nathrop)

Located between the mountain towns of Buena Vista and Salida, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort offers 100% natural and odourless hot springs, with temperatures ranging from 21 – 49°C. The resort includes a historic bath house, which was established in 1867; wild creekside hot springs and independently temperature controlled natural individual pools. An adult only spa offers yoga and fitness classes, alongside specialist treatments, 'Relaxation at Elevation' to help the body adjust to being at high elevation, and 'Traveller's Relief' to relieve tension for travellers through massage, exfoliation and hydration. /

  • Ouray

In Colorado's south west corner, the town of Ouray has developed a hot spring culture, with an abundance of pools resulting from spring water running off the surrounding San Juan Mountains. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool, which recently underwent a $10.6 million renovation, provides a peaceful respite within a narrow valley surrounded by 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks. Located beneath the town, the vapour caves of the Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings provide an escape from the world above, featuring a 42°C soaking pool using continually flowing geothermal natural spring water. /

High altitude spas

The Spa at Garden of the Gods Collection, which opened in June 2017, dovetails its programmes with the resort's new International Health & Wellness Center (IHWC) to create integrated wellness solutions for its visitors. The 10,000-square-foot spa features a salt inhalation room, herbal sauna, infrared deep heat therapy for stress management and an Austrian weightless environment bed (an hour in this bed delivers the equivalent benefits of a full night's rest), while the IHWC incorporates clinician expertise, techniques and medicines into treatments. /

  • Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Resort (Beaver Creek)

Located inside Vail Valley's award-winning Westin Riverfront Resort, Spa Anjali offers an extensive menu focused on three healing mountain traditions – including those of the local Rockies, as well as the Alps and Himalayas. Unique treatments include Chakra Blessings, a collection of ancient rituals designed to help clear negativity, balance energy and create an optimal state of well-being. The spa's most recently launched treatment is the Anahata “Way of the Heart" Chakra Blessing, which focuses on the fourth Chakra, the centre of unconditional love that governs compassion, generosity and wellbeing. / /

  • The Vail Vitality Center (Vail)

Biophotonic light therapy is the latest facial treatment to be used at The Vail Vitality Center, located in Vail Mountain Lodge. The technique applies specific wavelengths of light energy to facial tissue in order to treat a variety of ailments, including acne, ageing and pain. Travellers seeking a day of wellness can take advantage of a 18,000-square-foot fitness centre and private sessions with personal coaches trained in yoga and meditation, Pilates, barre and high altitude outdoor fitness, completed by kicking back in the spa. / /

Wellness Events

  • Women's Weekend of Wellness at The Broadmoor, 8 – 10 March 2018 (Colorado Springs)

Celebrating its 100 year anniversary, The Broadmoor's history is rooted in health and wellness. When the luxury resort opened in 1918, it had one of the first spas in the country and was a popular respite for those wanting the dry mountain air to appease their suffering from tuberculosis. The Broadmoor's 7th annual Women's Weekend of Wellness will include inspiring speakers, with USA figure skating champion, Peggy Fleming as keynote speaker, complemented by a suite of outdoor adventures to clear the mind, such as zip-lining, rappelling at the resort's new Soaring Adventures and fly-fishing. /  

  • Telluride WOW Festival, 7 – 10 June 2018 (Telluride)

Taking place in a box canyon surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks, Telluride WOW (Weekend of Wellness) Festival focuses on health and fitness and aims to inspire, motivate and educate visitors. The festival offers lectures; group fitness classes, such as morning hikes, meditation and pilates, as well as one-to-one sessions with top health and fitness experts. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore all that Telluride has to offer in the summer, including hiking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding and jeep tours exploring the area's ghost towns. /

  • Yoga on the Rocks, summer 2018 (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison)

Travelling yoga fans can experience a downward dog at 6,450 feet in one of the USA's most iconic outdoor music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Surrounded by Colorado red rock with sprawling views of Denver and the plains, visitors can join 2,000 other yogis at high altitude within the spiritual walls of Red Rocks for a sunrise session, taking place eight select Saturdays during the summer. /

Colorado is a year-round destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational activities, an abundant arts scene, Western heritage, distinctive cuisine and 27 renowned ski resort areas. The state's diverse landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of four major rivers, numerous peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 11 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet, known as 'Fourteeners'. Colorado is the gateway to the West with direct flights from the UK to Denver served by British Airways and indirect with Icelandair. Norwegian introduced direct flights to Denver from London Gatwick in September 2017, with a three-times-weekly year-round service, and from 25 March 2018, United will launch a daily direct route from London Heathrow.

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