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Soaking Up Strawberry

06/30/2023 07:00AM ● By Ski Town Media
(Play, splash or relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Reservations are required. Photo courtesy of Shannon Lukens)

From the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide 2023

Find magic just a few miles north of downtown Steamboat Springs. Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs comprise three of the hundreds of geothermal pools in the Yampa Valley, many of which were used by the Arapahoes and Utes for thousands of years.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs welcomes locals and visitors alike for $20, 365 days a year, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Before you hop in your car and hightail it up County Road 36, there are some things you should consider: the road is dirt, windy and narrow. Save yourself some stress and consider taking a shuttle (also, parking is limited). Visit to check the schedule and make a reservation. Real adventurers can do the 6-mile hike from Mad Creek (just make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife like bears, snakes and bobcats – no, we’re not kidding). 

Make sure you reserve your arrival date and time beforehand, as you will be turned away at the entrance without a reservation. Also available for reservations are a train caboose, five cabins, three covered wagons, as well as tent and vehicle camping sites, if you’d like to spend the night and be on site in the morning to enjoy the pools. For all the adults in the room, clothing becomes optional at sundown and at this time, minors are not allowed. Be sure to leave your pets, booze and glass at home.

Throw on a swimsuit (or don’t), submerse yourself in the natural waters and soak your problems away.