In May of 2019, my close friend came to visit me in Colorado for a week. She is just as adventurous as me, and I wanted to show her all of the best highlights in the state. I decided to plan a road trip that would take us to a bunch of different towns to ski, hike, and soak in hot springs - something we didn't have growing up in Alabama!
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One stop along our trip was Hot Sulphur Springs. We noticed this town on the map while planning our hike to nearby Radium Hot Springs - it's name really drew us in. With a quick search, we found Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa which boasts 22 pools filled with "sacred waters where the Ute Indians once bathed, healed mind, body, and spirit," so we made sure to include it on our road trip.
We arrived at the spring's front office a little bit more skeptical than we expected to be. "Colorado's finest" was housed inside a teeny-tiny shack in the middle of nowhere. Regardless, we went inside and got ready to spend the afternoon enjoying the hot, steamy water.
For less than $30 each, we gained access to the hot springs, swimming pools, showers, and lockers. We paid our dues, got a quick tour, and were shown to the locker room to put away our items. It wasn't long until we were briskly walking from the warm locker room through the frigid open air toward our first hot spring pool.
Each pool is relatively small and only holds a couple of people. Some hold more than others and a few only hold one or maybe two people! It wasn't crowded when we were there, but every now and then, we did have to skip over an already full pool.
The first we checked was the larger, indoor, tented pool. It was the first empty pool we found, because it wasn't ultra hot, but it was a nice start to our exploration of the resort. We hung out in the pool for a minute until we could tell that the close-by outdoor pools were open again.
We bounced around the three tiny pools just outside of the tented one before hopping over to the larger pools in the middle area. Our favorite over here was a pool tucked away in the corner with a little waterfall. It had a nice view of a small pond on the property, and it was all very calming while we had it to ourselves.
After we spent plenty of time in this area, we decided to wrap up and walk across the property to the next area of pools. We walked up the stairs and around the other side of the building getting closer to the pond. Here, we found, by far, the most relaxed-looking pool in the entire place. It was occupied by a nice woman reading her novel, and we joined in and found some peace for a long while.
We eventually said goodbye and moved back down the boardwalk toward the pools we had passed on our way up to the relaxing pool. Here, we found the spa's hottest pools including its hottest, The Lobster Pot.
The Lobster Pot only holds one person and is about 110-115 degrees. This pool is definitely cooking! We took turns sitting in the pot for only a few minutes at a time before it got too hot. Once we each got hot enough, we walked over to the last pool area.
We had about 5-6 pools left to check out, and most of these were pretty packed. There were two large groups, one bachelorette party and one birthday party, sprawled out among the larger pools. We sat in some of the smaller ones waiting for them to leave and enjoying every minute of it.
Finally, after checking out every other pool in the spa, we had the most picturesque, waterfall-fed spring in the place all to ourselves! We saved the best for last, and we loved the frothy, turquoise-colored water. We hung out here and made new friends as they showed up, but eventually, as all good things, our day had to come to an end.
We were so relaxed and warm leaving Hot Sulphur Springs that the 3 hour drive home to Denver felt like floating on a cloud.
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