Steamboat Natural Hot Springs
The name Steamboat Springs is certainly fitting for a town with more than 150 mineral springs in the local area. Before the arrival of the first pioneer settlers, the Ute Indians made Steamboat their summer home. The Utes believed the local springs had the power to rejuvenate strength and spirit, and they often visited the springs after battles. Once the pioneer settlers arrived and word spread about the hot springs in Steamboat, trains began to bring visitors seeking the restorative power of the hot springs. We invite you to come to Steamboat to experience the power of rejuvenation in our hot springs—you certainly won't be disappointed you did!
Steamboat Hot Springs Video
Denver 7 news Chief Meteorologist, Mike Nelson, and his family visited the Strawberry Park Hot Springs during the summer of 2009. "The Strawberry Park Hot Springs are different than many around Colorado, these hot springs are nestled in the mountains, among the trees and flowers in a rustic setting..."
Best Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is our choice for the Most Scenic Hot Springs in Steamboat. Experience one of the most beautiful mineral hot springs in the world! Located just outside of town, between Rocky Peak and Copper Ridge, the hot springs flow from the hillside (at temperatures of approximately 150 degrees) into the creek and pools below. There are several pools with varying temperatures, ranging from +/- 104 degrees to a cold plunge pool.
The hot springs is located on an unimproved dirt road, with four-wheel drive vehicles or chains required from November 1 - May 1. Two local companies offer a daily shuttle service to/from Strawberry Park: Sweet Pea Tours and Hot Springs Adventures. Please inquire at our concierge desk.
Pamper yourself with a Watsu massage in a private pool of warm, untreated hot springs water. Several other massage options are available daily from 10am-9pm. Share the experience with a side-by-side massage as well. Our concierge would be more than happy to assist you with booking your massage appointments.
Strawberry Park opens daily, year-round, at 10am & closes at 10:30pm Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Friday & Saturday. Please note that clothing is optional after dark, and no one under 18 years old is admitted after sunset. Don't forget to bring your own towel. Changing facilities and bathrooms are located onsite.
Old Town Hot Springs
Located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, the Old Town Hot Springs is our choice for the "Best Family-Oriented Hot Springs in Steamboat." With two 230-foot waterslides, mineral hot springs pools (ranging from 98 to 103 degrees) and a lap pool, plenty of fun awaits. During the summer, little ones can splash around the Kiddie Pool.
Top off your hot springs experience with a massage. Schedule a Swedish, Deep Tissue or Thai massage, and bring a little relaxation to your vacation.
Downtown Mineral Hot Springs Walking Tour
Interested in seeing more hot springs? There is a self-guided walking tour for downtown Steamboat that includes stops at several hot springs. Begin your walking tour at The Depot, Steamboat's old train depot, located at 1001 13th Street (across the river/street from Bud Werner Memorial Library).
Hot Springs Stop #1
Lithia Spring (a 10 minute walk from the Depot on 13th Street)
The milky waters of the Lithia Spring contain a high content of lithium, which is believed to have beneficial and medicinal qualities. H.W. Gossard constructed the stone columns at the entrance in the early 1930s. He had plans to bottle the water and call it "Miraquelle."
Hot Springs Stop #2
Steamboat/Black Sulphur/Narcissus/Terrace Springs (13th & Lincoln)
The once geyser-like Steamboat Spring used to make a sound that reminded the early settlers of a steamboat, which is how Steamboat Springs got its name. Black Sulphur Spring has turned a dark color as nature is continuously reducing the hydrogen sulfide to sulfur in the spring. A little further up the river, the Narcissus and Terrace Springs contain mud that once was regarded as an effective treatment for skin disorders.
Hot Springs Stop #3
Sulphur/Sweetwater/Lake/Soda Springs (13th & Lincoln)
Sulphur Spring is by far the most odoriferous of the springs with its sulfur gas—you will definitely notice the scent when you pass by. The Utes regarded this spring as having "curative powers." You will notice the rings on several stones that were used by the settlers to tether their horses. Soda Spring, located under the gazebo, was a favorite for guests of the old Cabin Hotel, who used its water for lemonade.
Hot Springs Stop #4
Iron Spring (12th & Lincoln)
The Utes once used the colored mud from Iron Spring for various ceremonies. In 1875, the Crawford family (Steamboat's first early pioneer settlers) arrived and built a log cabin just above the spring. The Crawfords found many uses for the spring water, including making "Iron Water Lemonade."
Hot Springs Stop #5
The Heart Spring/Bathhouse (136 Lincoln Avenue)
The Heart Spring was a favorite area for the Utes, and the hill located behind the spring is reputed to have been the site of the last battle between the Ute and Arapaho tribes. In 1887, the Crawfords built a log bathhouse here, and in 1909, it was replaced by a large stone bathhouse with indoor and outdoor pools fed by the spring. The site is now home to Old Town Hot Springs.