Steamboat’s Spas and Hotsprings |

Steamboat’s Spas and Hotsprings

Jonathan McKenzie, right, and Cooper Boles hang out together at the Old Town Hot Springs swimming pool Thursday afternoon.
John F. Russell

Want a nice, relaxing break from the slopes? Reward yourself with a little pampering at one of Steamboat’s many spas, or soak in Steamboat’s two world-class hot springs, either downtown or nestled by a creek seven miles out Strawberry Park Road. After all, isn’t it time for a little Me Time?

Hot springs

Soothe your weary muscles in natural hot springs after a day of outdoor adventures. Steamboat Springs earned its named from early pioneers for the “chugging” sound of its springs, and you can experience them yourself in the area’s natural pools.The Old Town Hot Springs are the heart of the community and the reason Steamboat is here,” says Shannon Lukens, local radio personality.

The Old Town Hot Springs at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue (970-879-1828, provides the most convenient option, complete with waterfalls, a pool-plunging climbing wall and a pair of 230-foot water slides for the kids. For a more rustic setting, Strawberry Park Hot Springs (970-879-0342, seven miles out of town lets you change in a teepee and experience the healing powers of the hot springs just as the Utes once did. A variety of different temperature pools, complete with shoulder-caressing waterfalls, reside beside a creek you can plunge into to cool off. Just heed the sunset curfew with your kids; clothing is optional after dark.


Pamper yourself with a massage or spa treatment. A host of salons, day spas and massage studios can soothe what ails you, from dry skin to your spine. Top spas to visit include Rocky Mountain Day Spa (970-871-6111), Waterside Day Spa (970-875-0271), Life Essentials Day Spa (970-871-9543) and The Old Town Hot Springs (970-879-1828). Wherever you go, enjoy an endless collection of massage services, including deep tissue, reflexology, sports therapy, Swedish and more. Local providers also offer nail services, facials, skin care and other body treatments, all meant to relax and rejuvenate your body after your summer outing in Steamboat.

Fitness clubs

If Steamboat’s wintertime outdoor activities aren’t enough to tire you out, try a local fitness center. Steamboat offers an array of gyms and fitness centers to fit any exercise need. Old Town Hot Springs (970-879-1828; downtown is equipped with a full fitness center and offers more than 30 fitness classes per week. It also has a complete weight room and cardiovascular area, as well as customized fitness programs put together by personal trainers. Other options include Crossfit classes at Fusion Fit (; Anytime Fitness’s 24-hour gym (; personal trainers at Peak Fitness (; Manic Training ( and other indoor exercise facilities.

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