Long before Steamboat Springs was known for its world class ski resort, the 150 geothermal hot springs that dotted the landscape were revered among Native Americans and pioneers alike. Regarded as relaxing and healing for the mind, body and soul, it was a bubbling hot spring that even inspired the name of the town.
Today, two hot springs offer unique and memorable experiences you won’t find in any other mountain town.
Whether you’re looking for a fun afternoon for the family or a leisurely soak for those sore legs after a day of mountain biking, Steamboat’s hot springs are the perfect way to put an exclamation point on the ultimate Colorado summer getaway.
The swimming and soaking pools of Old Town Hot Springs served as a gathering and bathing place for the Ute Indians who first settled in the area. In the late 1800s, it was a social spot for the early homesteaders.
Today, the family-friendly facility is the place for recreation and rejuvenation for visitors and locals alike. Kids will love the waterslides and rock-climbing wall. A kiddie pool, lap pool, fitness center and adults-only spring make this the perfect family destination.
The Old Town Hot Springs is located conveniently downtown at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, accessible by lodging shuttles or the Steamboat Springs Transit free bus.
Head out of town for the most breathtaking experience in Colorado at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Nestled in an aspen grove in the mountains about 15 minutes from downtown Steamboat, the wilderness setting highlights the rustic beauty of the Yampa Valley. Several hot pools of varying temperatures are fed by the natural spring water and the rushing Hot Spring Creek.
Four-wheel drive is recommended for the rugged but beautiful drive there. In the summer, campsites, sheep wagons and cabins are available for a rustic camping experience, and heated cabins are available to rent in winter. Massages and watsu round out this ultimate spa experience.
Access Strawberry Park Hot Springs by a short drive or take an all-inclusive shuttle service that will take care of everything for you.
Guests can also access the park via a short 3 mile hike on Hot Springs trail. Take Routt County Road 129 to the Mad Creek trailhead to access the trail, walk down Routt County Road 129 approximately 400 yards on left (trailhead not marked) to NFSR 128. About ½ mile up, the hot springs trail cuts off to the right.