Several hot springs in the area draw visitors to Central Colorado from throughout the state and beyond.
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is the largest indoor hot springs in North America. The temperature of the lap pool ranges from 84-86 degrees, and the temperature of the leisure pool ranges from 97-100 degrees.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort dates back to the 1800s, with the Historic Bath House having been built just after the Civil War.
The hot springs soaking pool at Mount Princeton Hot Springs is kept at about 105 degrees. Also at Mount Princeton, the Cascading Hot Springs Pools range from 101-107 degrees. The temperatures in Chalk Creek Hot Springs areas can be manipulated by allowing cold water from Chalk Creek to run into the pool. The relaxation pool is kept at about 99 degrees.
Originally, Cottonwood Hot Springs in Buena Vista was a hotel and then a sanitorium. The original structure burned down in 1911 and was not rebuilt.
As of Oct. 30, the Headpool at Cottonwood Hot Springs was 106 degrees, the Elbowpool was 104 degrees, the Bellypool was 96 degrees, the Watsupool was 94 degrees, and the Coldplunge was 85 degrees.
The water in Cottonwood Hot Springs contains arsenic, boron, calcium, chloride, fluoride, iron, lithium, magnesium, manganese, nitrogen, potassium, silica, sodium, sulfate and zinc. Nothing is added artificially to the water.
Other nearby hot springs include Joyful Journey Hot Springs in Moffat and Valley View Hot Springs in Villa Grove.