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You need a day at the hot springs

The very same geological magic that makes Colorado thrilling to ski, endlessly hike-able and hauntingly gorgeous also made some of the West’s most enchanting pools of water heated by volcanic activity. You absolutely need to visit to a hot spring on your next visit to Telluride.

Whether you rough it at an undeveloped spring, or go big at a luxe destination hot spring, you’re sure to make lasting memories. Here’s our quick guide on how to choose the right hot spring for your trip.



If your niche is ghost town turned rustic luxury, you’ll head to Dunton Hot Springs (2hrs from Telluride). Whether permitting, a day pass includes gourmet lunch on-site and unlimited cocktails. Also, unlimited soaking in their original, custom bathhouse.



Natural pools and au natural soaking at Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgway (45 mins from Telluride) is a popular choice for locals. Enjoy the gorgeous drive over Dallas Divide and arrive at a very accessible collection of beautifully maintained, natural hot springs. Clothing is optional. And, there are several pools of varying temperatures to choose from.



Hands down, the most family-friendly option can be found at the Ouray Hot Springs, Swimming Pool and Fitness Center (1hr and 10mins from Telluride). The outdoor complex on the edge of town offers a pool for everyone (even an Olympic size lap pool). But, especially children who will remember the twisting slides. While you’re soaking in the family fun, keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats tiptoeing over nearby cliff ledges.

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