Our Guide to Steamboat’s Hot Springs

Ever wonder where Steamboat Springs got its name? It’s thought to have originated in the early nineteenth century when French trappers mistook the sound of the local natural mineral spring for a steamboat engine. Pretty cool, right?


Steamboat is home to some of the best hot springs in the country, according to Outdoorsy, Outside Online, and many others. It’s also a part of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, a 720-mile driving route in western Colorado showcasing five geothermal destinations and 17 unique hot springs hot spots. In Steamboat, you’ll find Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Old Town Hot Springs, both providing hot springs experiences for the whole family or group.


Learn more about Steamboat’s hot springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Old Town Hot Springs, and plan your much-needed vacation getaway to Steamboat Springs.


Strawberry Park Hot Springs

About the Springs

After a long day on the slopes or trails, you might be looking for a place to relax that’s off the beaten path. If so, then Strawberry Park Hot Springs is the place for you. Nestled in a Yampa Valley aspen grove only 15 minutes outside of downtown Steamboat Springs, the Hot Springs features multiple naturally-fed, stone-lined soaking pools filled with 104-degree mineral water. The vision of the Hot Springs is to maintain the natural beauty of the environment while also providing an accessible facility with all the amenities guests would need for a day of soaking.


Strawberry Park Hot Springs has designated picnic areas, a heated changing cabin and tipi, and restrooms. If you’re looking to elevate your experience and deepen your relaxation, there are also private massage huts and private pools for Watsu therapy with licensed and insured therapists.


For those looking to extend their visit, the Hot Springs has an on-site campground with tent sites and rustic cabins. If you’re feeling adventurous, they also have some non-traditional lodging options, including a covered wagon and train caboose! After dark, the pools are closed to guests under the age of 18 and clothing is optional.


Come soak in the beauty of Steamboat’s iconic champagne powder falling around you as you sink into the R&R you deserve on vacation!


What to bring

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Change of clothes

  • Cash/check

  • Flashlight

What not to bring

  • Glass

  • Alcohol

  • Pets

  • Food

How to get there

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is less than seven miles outside of downtown Steamboat Springs. You can access the Hot Springs via car or shuttle. Both Sweet Pea Tours and The Hot Springs Shuttle run shuttles from Steamboat to the Hot Springs. If you’re driving in the winter, please note that 4WD vehicles with snow tires/chains are required from November 1-May 1, and 2WD vehicles are prohibited during this time, as the final road into the Hot Springs is unpaved and often not plowed.


Contact information

* Due to the pandemic, the Hot Springs is currently open by reservation only. Visit their website to make your reservation. Guests will be asked to wear masks at all times except in the water. Restrooms are in operation with limited changing room facilities.

Old Town Hot Springs

About the Springs

If you’re looking for a way to please the whole group on vacation, you’ll want to visit Old Town Hot Springs. Old Town’s multi-use complex is in the heart of downtown and has something for the entire family. There are eight hot spring-fed pools varying in temperature, two water slides, and a fitness center. You’ll also find an aquatic rock climbing wall, lap lanes, childcare, massage suites, a Wibit sports park, and a kiddie pool. Please note that the sports park and kiddie pool are only available during summer months.


While Old Town boasts modern amenities, its hot springs have a history. The soaking pools originally served as a gathering and bathing place for the Ute Indians who first settled in the area. Considered “medicine” springs, the settlers visited what is now Old Town for physical and spiritual healing.


Visit Old Town Hot Springs on your next Steamboat vacation for a rejuvenating soaking experience during any season!


What to bring

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Change of clothes

What not to bring

  • Glass

  • Tobacco products and e-cigarettes

  • Alcohol

  • Speakers, radios, and other audio devices

How to get there

If you find yourself in downtown Steamboat Springs, you aren’t far from Old Town! Old Town Hot Springs is located downtown next to the post office on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 3rd Street.


Contact information

  • Website: https://www.oldtownhotsprings.org/

  • Phone: 970-879-1828

  • Address: 136 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

  • Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends

* Due to the pandemic, Old Town Hot Springs has reduced capacity but is not accepting reservations. Guests who arrive once they hit capacity requirements will be asked to wait in a socially-distanced line and admitted as other guests leave the facility. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they have a two-hour maximum stay. Learn more on their COVID-19 FAQ page.


A visit to Steamboat Springs wouldn’t be complete without a soak in one of our famous hot springs locations. Come stay with Nomadness Rentals and experience another side of SkiTown U.S.A.


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