One of the jewels near Steamboat Springs, Colorado is Strawberry Park Hot Spring. The lodge, spa, and mineral hot springs are nearly seven miles from town and provides late night (clothing optional) mineral soaking.
The Hot Spring costs $15 to enter, and the attendants only accept cash or check. Taylor and I were unaware and unprepared. We luckily found just enough change in Taylor’s car to pay entry for two. Not far from the entrance gate, we saw the signs pointing us toward the hot pools.
At the top of the Hot Spring area, a wooden boardwalk leads past the changing house where we stepped in to strip down. Once our warm layers were removed we continued down the path and crossed Hot Spring Creek before arriving at the patio area where the covered gazebo and restrooms were.
Private, tiny pools sit above the path, and two large pools lay at the path's end. As evidenced by the parking lot, the pools were crowded. Since the spa is clothing optional there are no lights on and we struggled to see one another.
Squinting and listening, Taylor and I entered the largest pool and found a curtain of hot water flowing from a higher source. We floated in our space and relaxed every muscle next to the fall. We looked up at the stars and enjoyed the company of the ones around us for as long as we could.
Too soon, our fingers were pruney, and we were tired. We’d had a long day exploring Steamboat and dancing the day away, and our time spent relaxing in the 100+ degree waters of Strawberry Hot Springs was the perfect way to melt it all away.
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