Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
Five Historic Destinations with More Than a Dozen Natural Hot Springs Pools, Caves and Spas
Ridgway is part of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, a multi-destination route featuring rejuvenating activities and restful nights – a great way to spend a few days or a couple weeks.
Multi-Day Road Trip
Focus on WellnessThermal hot springs flow abundantly throughout Western Colorado. Soaking in natural mineral water is a time-honored tradition used to enhance wellness. Many people believe that these balneology practices help to prevent illness and treat ailments. One thing is for sure, relaxation is the ultimate goal.
Take Several SoaksThis 720-mile (1160-km) loop showcases the premier hot springs attractions in the state. There is so much variety year-round; from intimate private baths, to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Each of the nineteen facilities offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations and fun-filled aquatic centers.
Play in the Rocky MountainsThe mountain scenery is inspirational throughout this region. A large portion of the drive travels along four designated Colorado Scenic Byways through numerous National Forests. Explore each of the five destinations on hiking, biking or 4-wheel drive trails. Babbling streams are teeming with fish. Fast-flowing rivers thrill whitewater enthusiasts. When the snow falls, skiing, snowmobiling and ice climbing are popular activities.
5 Destination Itinerary
Ridgway and Ouray Colorado
First Destination- 1 to 3 nights
Try each natural hot spring experience in the area for a relaxing hour or a half day, depending on your schedule. Each has their own personality: Orvis Hot Springs (several outdoor pools and a few indoor options, plus clothing optional); Ouray Hot Springs Pool (large, family-friendly, odorless, sulfur-free pools); The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings (vapor cave and outdoor pool); Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs and Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs (private mineral pools
Sites, Museums & Antiques
Diverse Menus & Atmospheres
Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Camping & More
There's lots to do and see on the way to Glenwood Springs. Consider taking a day to explore the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park via Montrose or the fruit orchards and vineyards of Palisade.