Locals Guide to Hot Springs Close to Vail
If you’re looking for the best way to start or end your Vail vacation, Indian Hot Springs is the perfect place stop! You get the best of both worlds with majestic Colorado mountains outside and a tropical paradise inside the springs dome. Relax in their pool of mineral water averaging 90 to 100 degrees for adults and children of all ages. Over 100 years ago the geo-thermal caves were created with hot tubs of natural mineral water ranging from 104 to 112 degrees (only for ages 17 and older). If you want to enjoy the fresh mountain air, relax in one of their outdoor Jacuzzis. They also have mineral clay for mud masks!
Visit Hot Sulphur Springs located about 20 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and one hour and 30 minutes from Vail. They have 21 mineral pools with temperatures ranging from 95 to 112 degrees. This would be a great stop when you’re on a road trip to Vail! After a day of hiking Rocky mountain National park stop here to soak your sore muscles and relax in their all natural pools.
Drive through the majestic Glenwood Canyons to get to these two hot springs located just 1 hour from Vail.
For beautiful mountain views relax at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs in 16 mineral hot spring pools located along the Colorado River. Each pool is a different temperature ranging from 99 to 108 degrees, so you can pick the perfect one for you! If you’re bringing the whole family their family pool and whirlpool spa is the perfect place to enjoy for all ages. The 94 degree pool is great for the kids to play and there is a connected whirlpool to enjoy that is set at 100 degrees. The locker room is equipped with towels, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Come hungry and enjoy their Sand bar with several food options, soft drinks, beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
Escape to Glenwood Hot Springs Pool; the largest hot springs pool in the world open year round! They offer something for everyone, from water slides to lap lanes and kiddy pools. The 2 water slides are great for the whole family and can even include younger children accompanied by an adult. The kiddie pool is available for those with toddlers and has a fountain for them to play in. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you relax in the shade in one of their cabanas available to rent, which includes a couch, two chairs, and a table. They also have an onsite restaurant called The Grill, offering American cuisine like burgers and sandwiches. The Grill located poolside is open for breakfast and lunch with a snack bar open until 9 PM.
These two hot springs below are local favorites! SHHH!!!
For the adventurous, Radium Hot Springs is about a mile hike into the mountains. It is also a great place to stop while rafting, kayaking, or fishing. The best part? It’s free! The spring is located along the Colorado River about an hour from Vail, with water temperatures ranges from 80-90 degrees.
Take 1-70 west (from Vail) to US 131 at Wolcott. Turn north to Steamboat Springs on US 131. Travel about 12 miles to State Bridge Lodge (small music venue) and turn right on Eagle County Rd 11 (Trough Road).
Travel on Trough Road for about ten miles to Grand County Rd 11 (BLM sign at corner, go towards Radium). Follow the road for about a mile and you will see the Mugrage Campground on the left. Park here.
The hike is about a mile to the springs. A dirt trail starts across the county road from Mugrage Campground and goes up a steep hill.
Once at the top, it is a fairly flat trail until the decent down to the river where the warm springs are located.
About an hour and 35 minutes southwest of Vail is Penny Hot Springs. The springs are located just off the road along the Crystal River with magnificent mountain views. Weekdays are the best time to visit as it does get crowded during the weekends. The spring temperature can vary depending on the Crystal River water entering the spring.
From Vail take I-70 W to Glenwood Springs CO-82 E towards Aspen. After 10.2 miles take a right onto CO-133 S (Carbondale). Proceed for 14.1 miles. Penny Hot Springs is located on the east side of Highway 133, a few hundred feet north of mile marker 55.
It’s easy to spot as there is large parking lot on the left side of Highway 133. On both sides of the river are large granite cliffs known as “Hell’s Gate”. Hike down to the river to find the Penny Hot Springs.