Springs & Spas - Ski Season 12/13
By Christina Freeman
An elk swims past the historic bath house at Old Town Hot Springs circa 1956. Photo Courtesy Old Town Hot Springs.
Soak. Relax. Rejuvenate. Steamboat Springs invites you to enjoy the hot springs that made us famous. Take the restorative experience even deeper with an après ski massage or a visit to a day spa.
Old Town Hot Springs
Located in the heart of downtown, Old Town Hot Springs has been a prime soaking location for more than a century. In addition to mineral pools, there are two 230-foot water slides, a custom-designed hot pool with a climbing wall, an Olympic-sized pool and plenty of deck space for lounging in the Rocky Mountain sun – plus gym and massage facilities. Open daily.
Adults $15 | Teens & Seniors $10 | Kids $7 | Unlimited waterslides $5/day or $2/ride
136 Lincoln Ave. | 970-879-1828 | www.oldtownhotsprings.org
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Rustic and relaxed, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a quintessential place to soak in the Steamboat Springs experience. Relax in geothermal mineral waters alongside a snowy creek in the midst of the National Forest. Facilities include modern restrooms, a tipi for changing, massage areas and a private soaking pool. Open at 10 a.m. daily; clothing is optional after dark, and no one under 18 is admitted after sunset.
Adults $10 | Teens $5 | Kids $3 | No credit cards | No glass or alcohol.
Located about 7 miles from downtown Steamboat, including 3 miles of unimproved dirt road. From U.S. 40 (Lincoln Avenue), turn north on Third Street. Turn right onto Fish Creek Falls Road and follow it up the hill. Turn left on Amethyst Drive. Stay on Amethyst Drive until it merges with County Road 36. Turn right onto County Road 36 to the dead end. Four-wheel drive or chains mandatory.
970-879-0342 | www.strawberryhotsprings.com
Let someone else do the driving
Hot Springs Adventures (970-879-1873 | www.hotspringsadventuresinc.com) and Sweet PeaTours (970-879-5820 | www.sweetpeatours.com) offer trips to Strawberry Park Hot Springs throughout each day.
After a hard day on the slopes, nothing beats a relaxing massage. Steamboat is home to a wide range of body work professionals who can restore and repair your weary muscles. Try everything from Swedish to Shiatsu, cranial sacral, deep tissue and Thai. Therapists can come to your lodge, or visit them at various studios, spas and springs around town, including both Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
The Ute Indians fell in love with the Yampa Valley for its abundance of natural hot springs and the medicinal effects they are said to produce. Today, Steamboat Springs’ spas add to the restorative effect, offering a full range of services from massage to facials, body scrubs, skin treatments, hair, nails, waxing and more.