Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ahhhh, the Pause That Refreshes!

Not sure what I would do without a good soak every once in awhile.  I've decided to start a series of posts of my adventures to many, many hot springs around the southwest.  While I don't know if I hold any record and it doesn't really matter.  All I know is that a warm bath does wonders for my body and soul.
Cares seem to melt away, aches and pains disappear.  A calm comes over me that ensures my mind that I'm able to keep moving forward.   Life seems kinda jumpy right now.   And some of the chaoticness might have to do with the Solar Eclipse tomorrow as we come into alignment with the Milky Way.  I invite you to follow me in exploring in the pleasure of soaking in hot springs and surrounding yourself with some beautiful country.
 This first one I am sharing with you today is in the small mountain town of Idaho Springs, CO of a 100 year old attraction called Indian Hot Springs.  This hot springs has been my favorite for years. At the time, I was living in Denver and the drive was only a half hour away west up I-70.  Even though I don't live as close as I used to.  This hot spring haven has many wonderful memories.
There are several options of soaking and I mention three of them below.  Anytime of the year is a great time to visit this mineral springs. Furthermore, accommodations are available in the lodge, cabins and campground.  And you won't want to miss the mud baths or massage services that are also available.  I guarantee you will be relaxed by the time you are ready to leave.  
 Geo-Thermal Cave Baths -  This is a tunnel that goes right into the mountain.  Women are on one side, Men on the other.  At the back is an opening that at one time allowed for everyone to go back and forth.  I think it got out of hand and now there is a fence.  There are 3 pools in each tunnel with different temperatures.  Fresh mineral water flows through a pipe for everyone to drink also.  Doesn't taste too bad either.  Plus, there are marble slabs to lay on right next to these pools.  The tunnel gets so steamy at times, you feel like you are in a sauna as well. These baths are open 7:30 am to 10:30 pm.  Bathing suits are optional.

Private Baths (Indoor and Outdoor) -  These usually need to be reserved.  They are perfect if you want some alone time.

Mineral Water Swimming Pool - This is a favorite for families.  The swimming pool is continually fed with hot mineral water at 115 degrees. With an overall temperature of 90+ degrees. Open 9 am to 10 pm.  
 Indian Hot Springs may be offering specials and packages.  So, be sure to visit their website soon. 
And one more thing, if you have a special hot springs that you enjoy and want others to know, I'll be glad to write about it.   
Happy Soaking! 

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