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Hot Springs

Your Guide to the Perfect Soak

Our famous sulfur-free hot springs are the steamy part of your Ouray getaway. Nothing beats a hot springs soak after a day of adventures. Explore our five public and private Ouray County hot springs. After an exhilarating adventure on foot, or climbing up a wall of ice, or a pleasant day of shopping Ouray’s unique businesses, soaking in the hot springs and viewing the snow-covered canyon walls from the water in winter is truly a restorative experience.

Local's Favorites

Local's Favorites

Offering five local pools for you to choose from, you'll rest easy knowing it won’t be hard to find a relaxing soak during your trip… regardless of the season. These include the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, the vapor caves of the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings, the pools at the Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs and at the naturally landscaped pools at Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgway. Guests at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs can also enjoy private hot springs during their hotel stay. Stay in our valley and soak to your heart's content!

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A History of Hot Springs Culture

A History of Hot Springs Culture

Ouray’s many hot springs have been a natural draw for the bone-weary for centuries. The town’s hot springs have bubbled up along the Uncompahgre River and from underground fissures for thousands of years and range in temperature from 80 to 150 degrees. Ouray is located along a large geological lift at the head of the Uncompahgre Valley and the pressure and heat from this activity resulted in a series of clean and odorless hot springs. The same geologic forces that made the town rich in minerals and ore also produced some of the largest and most pleasant hot springs in the United States.

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Sulfur Free = Stink Free

Sulfur Free = Stink Free

Ouray County’s hot springs are free of the strong sulfur (“rotten egg”) smell that you encounter at many other hot springs. This has to do with our water’s mineral content and our local geology. Ouray is located along a large geological lift at the head of the Uncompahgre Valley and the pressure and heat from this activity resulted in a series of clean and odorless hot springs. The same geologic forces that made the town rich in minerals and ore also produced some of the largest and most pleasant hot springs in the United States. For more information on the history of the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and other hot springs history in the Uncompahgre River Valley, be sure to visit the Ouray County Historical Society & Museum.

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Historic Hot Springs Loop

If you just can't get enough of hot springs in Colorado, consider a multi-day journey along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop. Thermal hot springs flow abundantly throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Soaking in natural mineral water is a time-honored tradition to enhance wellness. One thing is for sure: relaxation is the ultimate goal.

Ouray is one of five premier hot springs destinations in the western part of the state have formed the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, which showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. Our partner communities include Pagosa Springs, Chaffee County, Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs. There is so much variety: from intimate private baths to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Each of the 19 facilities highlighted along the loop offers unique features like vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations and fun-filled aquatic centers.

The Colorado Hot Springs Loop is supported by funding from the Colorado Tourism Office, A State Agency.

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