Along with the valley’s rich mineral varieties, geothermal water also occurs along mountainous fault zones. Chalk Creek, Cottonwood Creek and Poncha Springs all have hot, odorless spring water that has been developed for modern day recreation. The springs were also used in the times of native people and by homesteaders here.
There is nothing quite as ahhh-mazing as warming up, relaxing and rejuvenating chin-deep in blissful natural hot springs. Geothermal-rich Chaffee County has springs of continuous pure, mineral-rich hot water bubbling beneath its surface, inspiring several resorts and a recreation center. From the earliest days, hot springs were believed to have medicinal, therapeutic and spiritual qualities; a gift for body and soul. These odorless steamy pools provide a year-round retreat but are especially appreciated in winter after an adventurous day on the slopes or trails. Our local hot springs businesses all have the wonder-water in common, but each have their own signature styles and amenities, too. Explore them all!
Nestled in the tranquil embrace of the San Isabel Forest and the majestic Collegiate Peaks, Cottonwood Hot Springs has been a cherished retreat since its establishment in 1878. Just a short five-mile journey from Buena Vista, this historic resort offers a serene and enchanting woodland experience. Unplug from the ordinary, and immerse yourself in the magic of Cottonwood Hot Springs.
Dive into relaxation at one of the nation’s largest indoor hot springs pools. As the sole publicly operated aquatic oasis within 100 miles, it’s a true gem. Part of Salida’s Parks and Recreation Department, this family-friendly haven houses two pools, brimming with mineral-rich, restorative waters. Unwind, rejuvenate, and make unforgettable memories in this aquatic paradise.
Immerse yourself in the pure wonders of Chalk Creek’s “hot pots,” where nature and history combine for an extraordinary experience. This resort boasts a Historic Bathhouse, steeped in heritage since 1867, welcoming you to a pair of pools. For families seeking adventure, the Upper Pool area awaits, featuring two more pools, a meandering lazy river, and an exhilarating 400-foot waterslide.
The hot springs in our area are some of the hottest in Colorado. This geothermal water bubbles out of the ground at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot springs are created by ground water heated by shallow intrusions of magma (molten rock) in this volcanic area.
These hot springs are unique because they do not stink. The hot springs are non-sulfurous which, unlike many other hot springs, creates an odor-free mineral water experience.
Some people swear by the rejuvenating powers of the springs. The mineral content and heat can alleviate many ailments. The hot springs are filled with unique minerals including: Boron, Calcium, Carbonate of Lime, Carbonate of Magnesia, Iron, Potassium Carbonate, Chloride of Potash, Fluoride, Lithium, Sulphate of Sod
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