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Hot Water Therapy

BY Tess Weaver Strokes | October 23, 2017 | Feature Features

The Roaring Fork Valley bubbles with some of Colorado's best hot springs. After a ski day or a long hike or bike ride, there's nothing better than relieving sore muscles in water heated by the earth.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs nestles up against the Colorado River.

Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs
Just off Highway 133, in between Carbondale and Redstone,
Avalanche Ranch offers the most serene commercial hot
spring experience in the valley with pools that cascade from
one to the next, each offering spectacular views. Cabin
guests enjoy day and night access, while public use is limited
to reservations. $15, 12863 Highway133, Redstone,

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
The mineral waters of the world’s largest hot springs pool
have rejuvenated soakers since 1888. A two-blocks-long
pool ranges from 90 to 93 degrees, while an adjacent
therapy pool reaches 104 degrees. Next door, the Yampah
Vapor Caves channel mineral-rich steam into three
subterranean chambers. $21, 401 N. River St.,

Conundrum Hot Springs
Hike the 8 ½ miles to Conundrum Hot Springs, and you’ll
find arguably the most scenic geothermal waters in the
state. At the end of a valley above tree line, the springs
reach 102 degrees, drawing hundreds of soakers and
campers on summer weekends. A permit system could be
up and running by summer 2018.

Penny Hot Springs

Drive from Carbondale to Redstone, and you’ll notice a
riverside pullout that’s often packed with vehicles. Walk
down the steep hillside to the Crystal River where handbuilt
dams of river rock hold hot mineral water that can reach
130 degrees. Free and open to the public

Iron Mountain Hot Springs
The valley’s newest commercial hot springs offers 16
adults-only soaking pools ranging from 99 to 108 degrees,
plus a large heated freshwater swimming pool for families—
all overlooking the Colorado River. $20-$25, 281 Centennial
St., Glenwood Springs,

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