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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn and Spa Buena Vista, CO

Updated: Jul 14


Having never been to Colorado before, we weren’t aware of the amazing natural hot springs that dot the state. For as “out-doorsy” as we appear to be, we’re not high-risk folks. Skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and mountain biking are things we just don’t do. That being said, we are more than happy to go to a ski resort and soak in their hot tubs.



BUT Colorado’s got something even better than warm chlorine water, they’ve got the real deal. Hot Springs!

And take your pick. Just by doing a quick internet search, one will find tons of these naturally occurring therapeutic sensations throughout the state. One side note for discerning which to choose. Do you like the smell of rotting eggs? If not, shy away from sulfur hot springs. We didn’t know that little tidbit of information for our first hot springs experience and would have chosen a different place. And some hot springs are clothing optional. Most hot springs are privately owned and will have a phone number and website. It may be a good idea to call ahead and gather as much information as possible prior to planning your trip.



This particular post memorializes our winter weekend at Cottonwood Hot Springs. Cottonwood is about a two and half hour drive southwest of Denver. We decided to spend the night at the spa and saved a little money on hot spring entrance fees. Many hot springs offer lodging accommodations and sweeten the deal by omitting cost of entry to entice you to spend the night on property. Otherwise, you’ll pay a little more per ticket for day use passes.



Bring a water bottle to the hot springs and keep it close by while basking in the waters as it is very easy to dehydrate. The mineral rich waters will help heal an achy body and leaving the intrepid serene.. Many hot springs do not permit alcohol and because of their remote locations may not offer television either. Download your favorite shows to your tablet ahead of time and enjoy the peace and quiet of mother nature…and Game of Thrones.

Don’t wanna leave your heavenly spot to make a food run? Plan ahead and pack a cooler. Since we’re coffee fiens and no magical mountain morning is complete without, we were ecstatic that this particular resort offered the dark roast complimentary.



Careful, water’s hot.



Somebody was happy we were home.

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