What better way to relax then to soak in a hot spring or simply visit.
Why not make a trip out of visiting hot springs? You can stay at luxury spas featuring mineral soaks, herbal massages, mud baths and massages to hiking into to a rustic area with a natural hot spring pool.
Some of these hot springs will be easy to reach. Just drive into town and you are there. Others you will need to hike into. Regardless, visiting a hot spring is one of the most relaxing ways of enjoying a vacation.
Glenwood Hot Springs
Conveniently located right off of the interstate where you turn to go to Aspen Colorado. The Gleenwood Hot Springs have been around since 1888.
The pool is open most every day from early in the morning till late at night. You will find accomodations at the 107 room Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. You can rent a cabana, take swim lessons, go down the water slide. There is even a kiddy pool and minature golf. No you can not golf in the water.
Address: 415 E 6th St, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81602
Phone: 970 945 6571
Website: Glenwood Hot Springs
Look who is all fancy pancy and has a toll free number to call, the Springs Resort & Spa, that is who. The toll free phone number is a nice touch. The lodging at Pagosa Hot Springs is top notch.
There are 23 mineral hot springs that range in temperature from 83F to 114F. That’s 28 to 46C for the rest of the world. Pagosa likes to highlight itself as having the deepest geothermal hot springs at slightly over 1,000 feet. Not that you’ll notice anything …
The Springs Resort & Spa is not the only lodging in town. You will be able to find plenty of Pagosa Springs hotels if you so desire.
Address: 165 Hot Springs Blvd. Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147
Phone: 800 225 0934
Website: Pagosa Hot Springs
Morning Glory Pool
Another hot pool you won’t be stepping into any time soon. The Morning Glory Pool is another Yellowstone favorite that measures a piping hot 158F.
Unfortunately, this pool has suffered from people literally throwing in tons of “stuff” which is impacting the pool. It is still a very beautiful pool worth visiting.
Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
Website: Morning Glory Pool
Most people think of wine with Napa Valley. What goes better with wine than relaxing in a hot spring or sitting in a mud bath.
Visit the Golden Haven Hot Springs in Calistoga and prepared to be pampered. The hot springs water comes out of the earth at 150F and is cooled before you touch it. There are mud baths – one of the most popular treatment is the couples mud bath. You can also receive herbal facials and massages.
There is plenty of lodging and hotels in the Calistoga area to make this a great place to stay for an overnight or longer trip.
Address: 1713 Lake Street, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California 94515
Phone: 707 942 8000
Website: Golden Haven Hot Springs
Boise Idaho has a long history of using geothermal heat. The Warm Springs Avenue area used geothermal water to heat over 200 homes and businesses in the area along with the Natatorium pool.
Just past Boise, heading towards Idaho City, The Springs is a hot spring retreat has been rebuilt and can handle up to 100 people at any one time. You can book a massage or enjoy dining and adult beverages. The Springs does like to remind you that they are not a bar and won’t put up with you getting inebriated, therefore they limit you to one alcoholic beverage per hour.
Address: 3742 Hwy 21 Idaho City, Idaho 83631
Phone: 208 392 9500
Website: The Springs
Challis Hot Springs
Near the beautiful Salmon river famous for river rafting is Challis and the Challis Hot Springs.
Here is a place out in the middle of nowhere that has it all. No offense to the citizens of Challis, with only ~1,000 residents and no major cities near by in the woods, this qualifies as out there.
You’ll find a bed and breakfast, RV camping sites with electricity and water, and tent camping. Heck, there is even a barn should you bring your horses.
Two soaking pools are spring fed. The larger outdoor pool temperature is regulated and suitable for swimming. The smaller indoor therapy pool is not temperature regulated, so use your toes or fingers first to determine if you can get in. Both pools have a natural gravel and river rock bottom.
Address: 5025 Hot Springs Rd, Challis, Idaho 83226
Phone: 208 879 4442
Website: Challis Hot Springs
Saratoga Hot Springs
Known as the Hobo Hot Pool to the Saratoga Wyoming locals, this hot spring is a favorite that is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and is free to the public. There is a remodeled bath house that is maintained by the town of Saratoga.
If that is not enough, the Saratoga Resport & Spa has teepee covered pools and a 70 foot mineral hot springs swimming pool for guests and members.
Address: 210 West Elm Street, Saratoga, Wyoming 82331
Phone: 307 326 8855
Website: Saratoga Hot Springs
Gold Strike Hot Springs
Near Boulder City, Nevada, to reach the Gold Strike Hot Springs is a vigorous 4 mile out and back hike. Not for the faint of heart or those short of breath as it involves walking, bouldering and rope climbing.
And before you go, make sure that this is open. The National Parks will occasionally close this trail in the summer due to heat danger.
So why even do it? If you want to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from a physical challenge and the reward of a soak in a hot spring, then go for it.
Address: Great Basin Hwy, Boulder City, Nevada 89005