After hiking up to the beautiful Hanging Lake, John and I needed to find somewhere to relax. We found solace in the hot waters of Indian Mountain Hot Springs in downtown Glenwood Springs, Colorado. These mineral-rich waters have been a haven for centuries, and they provided John and I with exactly what we needed after our hike!
It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, and we could tell that the town was bustling. We pulled up to the spa around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and the parking lot was just about full. We fortunately found a spot and walked inside.
It cost $25 for access to the spa for the day, and it included showers, lockers, and access to all 16 pools. You can find all the rates and rules on their website here. We separated into our locker rooms and quickly changed into our bathing suits.
We met back up at the top of the pool area and scoped out which pool we wanted to start with. Usually, we start with the coldest and work to the hottest, but many of the pools were at capacity, so we had to hop around based on what was available.
The pools are all grouped together fairly closely, yet each one has its own "personality". Some are small and intimate, others are big enough for swimming, some are hotter, and some are cooler. I felt like Goldie Locks looking for the pool that was just right.
We liked the pools that were closer to the river, because they gave us a better view of the incredible rock formations surrounding the town. The views of the bright right and orange hillsides from Iron Mountain are definitely its best selling point. The stunning mountain views and warm, spring waters were beyond relaxing especially with the sounds of the river beneath them.
We spent the entire afternoon hopping in and out of pools, sipping on drinks, and enjoying the company of our fellow soakers. Once the sun set, we took the cue to pack up and head home. We were well beyond relaxed and were totally satisfied by the incredible day in Glenwood Canyon.
The southwest corner of Colorado is unlike the rest of the state, and it is one of my favorite places to travel to. I used to be fortunate enough to have this area in my work territory, and on one such work trip, I took some personal time to relax after a day full of meetings. I found the best place to relax at The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs.
It was the middle of April, but a snowstorm was rolling through. When I arrived in the parking lot, I could barely see the front door. The snow was no hindrance though. Soaking in the snow is possibly my favorite way to enjoy the warm, mineral waters. When I finally made it inside, I paid my entrance fee (you can see their rates here) and prepared to get in the water.
It turns out that most other people don't like soaking in a snowstorm, so I practically had the entire resort to myself. It was beyond relaxing. It was complete zen and serenity. I had access to the spa all day, and I probably spent six hours soaking it all in.
From the bathhouse, I chose the closest spring, The Overlook Pool, first. Then, I slowly moved counter clockwise across the resort's 19 pools. The pools range in temperature from 83-114 degrees and most of the smaller pools are the hottest.
The Motherload Spring is the deepest hot spring in the world and feeds water into all of the man made pools. (You can read this article, here, on just how deep the deepest pool in the world is!) It is full of hundreds of healing minerals like Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium and has been sought after by healers for hundreds of years.
The history of Pagosa Springs is very interesting, and you can read more on their website www.pagosahotsprings.com !
The spring is situated alongside the rushing San Juan River, and I progressively made my way down to the pools closest to it. I imagined a summertime crowd of fly fishers along the shore, people floating and swimming in the river, and a packed poolside, but during this snowstorm, it was barren and on the verge of freezing. Thanks to the hot pools, I kept warm sitting in the tiny rock bottomed pools while watching snowflakes fall.
I saved the iconic-looking Golden Pond and its neighboring Cliffs and Clouds in my Coffee pools for last. These pools have small waterfalls and features the other pools didn't have including people. These were the only pools that I shared with other people, but I didn't mind. The company was actually nice, and I learned a lot about the lovely family I was sitting with.
When the conversation lulled, I looked down and noticed my pruney fingers and the rumbling in my tummy. I decided it was time to shower off and head home. The hours of physical and mental relaxation had made me forget that I still had a home to get back to. I said my goodbyes and headed off into the locker room.
It was hard to leave the great waters and all the seclusion that had come with them. I wish I lived closer to make purchasing a monthly or yearly pass worthwhile, but before long, I was on the road with Pagosa Springs in the rear view mirror.
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