Pagosa Springs: Best hot springs experience

Traveling is always stressful, so I always like to include some rejuvenation spa destinations into any road trip. This was one of the many reasons that we planned our Grand Circle trip to include driving through Pagosa Springs, Colorado: only 8 hrs from Phoenix, only 5 hrs from Denver, 3 from Santa Fe. It is a must-see travel destination you will enjoy in any season.

Pagosa is one of those hot spots where mineral springs bubble to the surface with healing properties. Miraculous curative powers have been attributed to these ancient hot springs beginning with the Native Americans centuries ago. In addition, this out-door setting along the river is so singularly stellar with rainbows that hang so often in the sky overhead.

The most visible and luxurious of hot springs is The Springs Resort Bath House, open to the General Public daily for soaking and relaxing in 23 different open-air hot mineral pools of varying temperatures and a new cool saltwater swimming pool plus Jacuzzi pool. This is my favorite place to hangout even if it is a little touristy.

Hours of operation are daily from 7AM-11PM (Sun-Thur) and 7AM-1AM (Fri-Sat, Holidays and every day June 15-Labor Day). Towels, robes and locker facilities are available to the day visitors for a rental fee.  Adult admission is $20.00 or a weekly pass is $65.00.

On the hillside, Springs Resort has a 79 room hotel overlooking the river offering Standard, Deluxe and even EcoLuxe room accommodations. All of the hotel guests receive complimentary 24-hour access to the soaking pools through a private hotel guest entrance and plush spa robes for use during their stay. Towels and locker accommodations are also complimentary to all registered hotel guests. Sounds like a great deal.

An amazing eco-friendly place, the new hotel is heated naturally using the hot geo-thermal water from the great hot spring onsite. The “green-built” building is constructed to the industrie’s top ”Gold” standards. It’s the first hotel in Colorado and one of only five in the country built to the LEED standards.

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The locals however, like to frequent the Healing Waters Resort and Spa across the street. Not as commercial they are, “Quite possibly Colorado’s best kept secret.” Offer a less expensive more rustic experience with naturally therapeutic hot mineral water pool, indoor hot baths and outdoor hot tub. There are also reasonably priced rooms and suits with kitchen facilities.

I am sure the mineral water is just as great here and at the price is half, only $10.00 for a one time visit. They do have specials and packages available including lodging and meals. A plus is the RV Park at $42.00/day, with use of the pool, hot tubs, and indoor baths complimentary with an RV stay.

Healing Waters Resort and Spa
317 Hot Springs Blvd, Pagosa Springs
800-832-5523 | 970-264-5910

Travel Tip: Check out your options and figure out which place appeals to you more and enjoy your soak!

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Rainbow at Sunset in Pagosa Springs, Colorado 2011


About Lindsay Godfree

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs but have also lived in Utah and Arizona. I am m inspired everyday by six beautiful daughters. Currently traveling the highways and byways. Writing as the National/International Cross Country Travel Writer for and other freelance articles. Currently working on my new web-site blog and hope to see you there!