Mt. Princeton resort is surrounded by towering peaks and is the perfect getaway with every amenity for a family gathering. Three outdoor pools are available; a near Olympic-sized lap pool, a main soaking pool with a cooler upper pool that includes a 300 foot water slide. However, if you want a more rustic experience, below the resort is Chalk Creek that you can regulate the temperature by rearranging the rocks that line the banks. Overnight lodging is available by the cliffside, poolside, in the resort lodge or new cabins located in the woods. The facility boasts a variety of massage and oriental bodywork, restaurant and a country store. For more information and reservations, call (719) 395-2447 or visit www.mtprinceton.com.
Orient Land Trust and Valley View Hot Springs
About 50 miles south down Highway 17 is a refuge that is a naturist (clothing optional) rustic recreational facility open to all ages, shapes and sizes including families, couples and singles. Off-grid hydroelectric and geothermal is in use throughout the grounds as well camping sites and a few cabins for overnight stays. The now defunct Orient Mine houses bats and on warm summer evenings you won’t want to miss witnessing the out flight of 100,000 to 250,000 bats as they emerge from the recesses of the earth. To contact: (719) 256-4315 or www.olt.org
Not far outside the town of Moffat right off of Highway 17 is another hotspring haven the Native Americans claim "Where Healing Waters Flow". Three outdoor pools are fed artesian springs that are kept between 98F and 108F (37C and 42C). Consequently, while here, you’ll want to take advantage of their massage and bodywork therapies, body wraps, aromatic facials or overnight lodging in tipis, yurts and hotel rooms. For more information, visit www.joyfuljourneyhotsprings.com or call (719) 256-4328.
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and RV Park
And last but not least, this artesian oasis located in Hooper, offers a large thermal swimming pool maintained at 98F and a 25-person therapy pool maintained at 107F. Furthermore, along side the grilling and picnic area, is a 25-foot kid’s water slide. Camping sites are available for RV’s and tents, as well as 3-one room cabins and a family style travel trailer. In addition, a not so ordinary, full menu concession stand promises you won’t go hungry and was voted "The Best Concession Stand in Colorado" by Channel 7 News in Denver, Co. For more information, call (719) 378-2807 or visit www.sanddunespool.com
Therefore, if you are planning to visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park, then any of these hot springs retreats are a must stop destination to unwind and enjoy the magic of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.