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After a challenging day of hiking and climbing, biking, winter cross country skiing, or other outdoor activity, you can soak your sore muscles in a steaming hot springs pool!

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Area hot springs have become popular year-round with visitors as well as locals. A dip into a pool of natural hot mineral spring water can provide soothing overall relaxation. Surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and spanning canyons, the views only add to the total rejuvenating and restorative experience.

Whether you prefer soaking during the mild summer or fall days and evenings, or would rather have an invigorating time in the brisk winter months with the contrast of steaming water next to snow-covered slopes, you are sure to enjoy the therapeutic qualities of a continually flowing natural hot spring.

Two ways to soothe those sore muscles, or just enjoy a good soak with friends are the Penny Hot Springs right in the Crystal River pictured above, or the more refined cascading pools of Avalance Ranch, left, complete with rustic bath house.

Destinations for Hot Springs

Penny Hot Springs
Activities: Hot Springs,
The Penny Hot Springs sit on the banks of the Crystal river, a short drive south from Carbondale. Sitting at the mouth of the Narrows, a granite section of the canyon cut by the Crystal River, they ar... read more
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
Activities: Family, Hot Springs,
The owners of Avalanche Ranch had long suspected they had geothermally heated water running under their property, but it wasn't until recently that they were able to tap into this resource to crea... read more