If you’re looking for a more rustic relaxation than white towels and cucumbers over your eyes, you’re in the right place. What’s better than soaking in bubbling geothermal water heated directly from Mother Earth’s molten core? Hot springs have been used for centuries for not only relaxation but mental and physical health benefits. They have been reputed to have many therapeutic gains including increasing your blood flow, circulation, metabolism, and absorption of essential minerals. In some culture’s these mineral baths are correlated to heavier healing powers, known to cure chronic diseases. That’s more than your fancy, chlorinated hotel hot tub can say for itself. Whether you’re just looking to relax or trying to rejuvinate after a long day on the hill, get off the beaten path and soak in one of these alpine hot springs!
STRAWBERRY HOT SPRINGS
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
They don’t call it “Steamboat Springs” for nothing. Located just 7 miles from town is Strawberry Hot Springs which features spacious, therapeutic pools that are heated anywhere from 101-104 degrees. These springs are open year-round to the public but it’s recommended to have 4WD or chains to travel up there in Winter. Get out there after skiing a day at “The Boat” and enjoy it’s rustic, secluded feel.
OURAY HOT SPRINGS
Looking to soothe your muscles after a full day skiing that sweet Colorado snow? You’re in luck. Located less than an hour from Telluride is Ouray Hot Springs. Ouray is a hidden gem in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado and is not to be missed! These springs offer a variety of pools with different temperatures to cater to everyone.
Probably the most unique hot spring on this list is Utah’s Homestead Crater. The Crater was formed from snow melt coming down the Wasatch Mountains over a geothermal vent. Soak or scuba in this 95 degree water covered by a volcano-shaped limestone deposit. Skip your hot tub in Park City and make the 30 minute trek to see this natural wonder!
HILLTOP HOT SPRING
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIFORNIA
Heading to Mammoth Mountain? Don’t miss it’s famed Hilltop Hot Spring! This pool is man-made from stone and is fed by a creek from Mammoth’s volcanic valley floor. Enjoy this small pool with stunning views of the Eastern Sierra. While this spring is not a commercial spot, it’s fairly easy to find! Directions – From US 395, take Benton Crossing Road for 2.7 miles until you see the Hot Springs on the west side of the road.
FRENCHMAN’S BEND HOT SPRING
Idaho’s pristine geographical location allows for many geothermal pools for travelers to enjoy. One of those springs is located only 10 miles from the beloved Sun Valley resort! Make a stop along the creek at Frenchmans Bend down Warm Springs Road after a day on the slopes!
BANFF UPPER HOT SPRING
Want to soak more than just your muscles? Soak in the views at Banff’s Upper Hot Springs in Canada. Kick back and enjoy it’s luxurious amenities and steamy hot mineral waters. This is another great après-ski option after a day on the slopes at Lake Louise Ski Resort, which is just a short drive away!