Hot Springs & Historic Downtowns

In Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

While many cities have traded their history for modern buildings, it’s just the opposite in Buena Vista & Salida. History is not only embraced and celebrated but also proudly visible. The Salida Downtown Historic District is the largest historic district in Colorado.

Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

Pure geothermal mineral waters flow into five large, rock-lined soaking pools ranging from 94 to I IO degrees at Cottonwood Hot Springs. The quiet, meditative environment may be similar to that experienced by the native Utes, who regarded the hot springs as spiritual sites with healing waters. Massage therapy, spa services and lodging available.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is one of the most unique settings of all the hot springs in Colorado. Sit in the source of the hot springs in Chalk Creek and create your own hot springs pool. Ride the 400-foot water slide while surrounded by the 14,000 fool peaks on either side of the resort The Spa & Club offers an adults-only experience with a relaxation pool and three Japanese-style cascading pools Hot springs are included with your overnight stay; purchase a spa treatment and enjoy all the hot springs amenities.

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is fun for the whole family. A zero-depth-entry play pool of 97 to I 00 degrees borders one end of the largest indoor hot springs pool in North America. The opposite end features a 6-lane, 25-meter lap pool and diving area around 85 degrees. You can also reserve a private soaking pool and customize the water depth and temperature.

Rimmed by the mighty Sawatch, Mosquito and Sangre de Cristo mountains, Chaffee County is a breathtaking place to get outdoors. Like sentinels lining the horizon to the west, Sawatch peaks dominate the Upper Arkansas Valley. Running some 100 miles, from south of Salida to north of Leadville, 15 of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot peaks rise in the Sawatch. The range features four of the state’s five tallest peaks including Mount Elbert, at 14,440 feet the state’s highest and second only to California’s14,505-foot Mount Whitney in the lower 48. The Collegiate Peaks – five mountains named after colleges – are included in the Sawatch.

THREE MOUNTAIN RANGES

Surrounding The Arkansas River Valley

Sawatch Mountain Range

Running from north of Leadville to southwest of Salida, the Sawatch Range consists of 15 peaks of 14,000 feet or more including Mt. Elbert, at 14,440 feet the highest in Colorado and second highest in the lower 48 states. The Collegiate Peaks, named after five famous universities, are a part of the range.

Running from north of Leadville to southwest of Salida, the Sawatch Range consists of 15 peaks of 14,000 feet or more including Mt. Elbert, at 14,440 feet the highest in Colorado and second highest in the lower 48 states. The Collegiate Peaks, named after five famous universities, are a part of the range.

Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range

Running south from Poncha Springs to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This portion of the Rocky Mountains is the southernmost subrange.
A wilderness area and multiple 14,000-foot peaks are located here, as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Mosquito Mountain Range

Alpine tundra, adjoining forests and rare plant species are found in this area northeast of Buena Vista. The Mosquito Range features five fourteeers: Lincoln, Bross, Democrat, Cameron and Sherman. It is also home to the highest vehicle route in the country, Mosquito Pass, cresting at 13,185 feet.