Our Experience: I polished off an amazing bike ride through some of Routt County’s backroads and was eager to rest my weary legs! My daughter was just rising from her nap when I got back to the house where we were staying, and she was ready for adventure. Fortunately, my daughter’s adventure was Liz’s and my ultimate relaxation. We headed on down to Old Town Hot Springs in the heart of Steamboat Springs.
We passed through the inviting gates of the facility, and our daughter b-lined it to the splash pool. It’s as if we no longer existed. All she cared about was her new 15-month-old boyfriend and the small log water slide. Up and down, up and down, up and down…she slid around for over an hour on the slide without losing interest.
But Liz and I needed a little R&R ourselves. Fortunately, our little one is an angel 99% of the time. We soaked in the Heart Spring for 30 minutes (our child sat patiently by us on the edge of the pool).
The Heart Spring pushes up about 220 gallons of water per minute. The water pops out of the ground like an artesian well. The water runs between 102 and 103 Fahrenheit. The best part of Old Town is that the spring is all natural and doesn’t contain any added chlorine. The water runs out of the Heart Spring and then fills each of the remaining pools on the property.
After a couple of hours, we were fully satisfied with our dip. We’ll definitely make our way back to this lovely hot springs the next time we’re in Steamboat.
Details: The natural hot springs at Strawberry Park and Old Town Hot Springs are two of Steamboat’s many natural treasures. Old Town Hot Springs, located in the heart of downtown Steamboat, is Colorado’s original natural hot springs spa resort and has served visitors and locals since the 1880s.
Old Town Hot Springs offers eight natural mineral water hot pools and two water slides in downtown Steamboat Springs. The facility also boasts two 230-foot twisting water slides, an aquatic rock climbing wall, lap lanes, childcare, massage, and a kiddie pool with play structure and slides.
Location: Old Town Hot Springs is located downtown, next to the Post Office on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 3rd Street.
Hours: The Old Town Hot Springs is open Monday – Friday, 5:30am – 10:00pm, Saturday 7:00am – 9:00pm, and Sundays, 8:00am – 9:00pm.