Whether you visit commercial hot springs, luxury hot springs, or a local’s secret, hot springs can be found scattered throughout Steamboat Springs.
Use this guide to visit all three!
3 Steamboat Springs Hot Springs
A skiers’ paradise, Steamboat Springs is located at the northern tip of Colorado. Surrounded by majestic mountains and wrapped up in the Yampa River, Steamboat has something for everything.
While visiting Steamboat Springs, be sure to visit all three of the beautiful hot springs that this tiny town has to offer. Relax in their warm waters after a long day of skiing on the mountain or hiking in the national forest.
1. Strawberry Park Hot Springs (20 Minutes From Steamboat)
The most popular Steamboat Springs hot springs is Strawberry Park Hot Springs, located just outside of town.
Here, you’ll find a handful of large soaking pools all varying in temperature. Nestled amongst the tall trees of Routt National Forest, these hot springs are perfect after a long day on the mountain.
These hot springs are open year-round for Steamboat visitors. Come and enjoy them in the cold winter months surrounded by champagne powder or relax under the summer moon.
Note: If you plan to visit in the winter, be sure to bring your 4WD car, a requirement during snowy months.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs Cost
Pricing varies depending on the time of year.
Expect to pay $20 for adults and $10 for children on holidays and holiday weekends.
Normal entrance fees cost $15 for adults and $8 for children.
Note: Bring cash! Strawberry Park Hot Springs does NOT accept credit cards.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs Experience
As a Steamboat Springs local, I highly suggest visiting Strawberry Park Hot Springs during a meteor shower.
Obviously, this might be an impossible challenge for some visitors, but if you’re lucky and a meteor shower occurs during your visit, don’t miss out on a soak in the springs while watching the show.
Strawberry Park also offers spa services.
Imagine soaking in these pools, followed by a relaxing massage in one of their private huts. Their massage packages start at $55 and they offer several different packages from traditional massages to aquatic therapy.
Getting To Strawberry Park Hot Springs From Steamboat
As stated before, having a four-wheel-drive vehicle during winter months is necessary. In summer months, although bumpy at times, the road to reach Strawberry Park is very straightforward.
If you are a visitor to Steamboat Springs, I suggest either renting a car or taking the shuttle to the hot springs. There are several shuttle services from downtown Steamboat to the hot springs.
Prices for these shuttles range from $20 (children) to $45 (adults). These prices include entrance to the hot springs.
For Strawberry Park shuttle services, check out these companies:
For those driving themselves to these Steamboat Springs hot springs, use the map and follow the directions below:
From Lincoln Ave, take 3rd Street north. Pass by USPS on your right and stop at the 4-way intersection. Here, you’ll turn right onto Fish Creek Falls road.
Follow Fish Creek Falls Road to Amethyst Drive. Turn left on Amethyst drive and continue until you hit County Road 36. Continue north on County Road 36 until you eventually reach Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
The trip should take approximately 20 minutes in total from downtown Steamboat Springs to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
Know Before You Go
After sundown, clothing becomes optional and all children must leave the premises. Strawberry Park Hot Springs does an awesome job of keeping the area dark for privacy, while still lighting the walking path for safety.
2. Hippie Hot Springs (Downtown Steamboat)
A local’s secret, Hippie Hot Springs is a cluster of warm pools along the banks of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. These small pools are located just across the street from Old Town Hot Springs.
Hippie Hot Springs is heated by runoff water from the Old Town Hot Springs fitness center and spa. Enjoy these Steamboat hot springs during the spring, summer, and fall.
Cost Of Hippie Hot Springs
Relaxing in these pools is completely free; my favorite kind of price!
Hippie Hot Springs Experience
Although the name suggests that these are hot springs, I would consider them warm springs. The temperature of these springs doesn’t typically exceed 100 degrees.
An awesome way to enjoy these hot springs is by taking a tubing trip down the Yampa River. The Yampa River is fed by Fish Creek Falls, an epically cold river coming off the peak of the mountain.
Starting at Rotary Park, float down the chilly river until you reach this inlet of pools. Warm up by soaking in these springs before continuing on your tubing journey.
Other visitors like to visit the hot springs after canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding down the river.
Getting To Hippie Hot Springs
Hippie Hot Springs is located across the street from Old Town Hot Springs. Look for the sign, Dr. Rich Weiss Park. You’ll find the heated pools surrounded by rock on the bank of the river.
Know Before You Go
This is a hidden gem among locals. Steamboat residents hold high regards for the Yampa River.
Please respect the river and hot springs; pack out whatever you pack in. There are plenty of trash cans nearby to throw away rubbish.
3. Old Town Hot Springs (Downtown Steamboat)
Old Town Hot Springs in downtown Steamboat might just be the most epic place in town.
This fitness center offers activities for everyone, from rock climbing to massages to exercise classes. And, of course, who could forget the natural hot spring-fed pools?
Whether you’re a member or a guest, visiting Old Town Hot Springs is a treat for the entire family.
Old Town Hot Springs Cost
The cost of visiting Old Town Hot Springs varies depending on the type of visit.
A day spent soaking in the hot pools costs $18 for adults and $12 for children; this is also the cost of a day at the fitness center.
Water slides and the floating obstacle course can also be accessed for an additional charge.
Old Town Hot Springs Experience
The best part about Old Town Hot Springs is that when you pay for an entire day, you are able to come and go whenever you’d like.
Enjoy a soak in the morning before you hit the mountain and take time to relax in the pools after the day is done.
Old Town Hot Springs also lets their visitors and members bring in food. Instead of spending loads of money on the nearby restaurants, pack a lunch and bring it with you into the fitness center.
Getting To Old Town Hot Springs
Old Town Hot Springs is located on Lincoln Ave just as you arrive in downtown Steamboat Springs. Situated just before the post office, this is the first building you will see coming into the downtown area of Steamboat.
Know Before You Go
If possible, I like to make things cheap. If you’re anything like me, finding ways to spend less money is your goal.
Luckily, Old Town Hot Springs has a really great admission option called Twilight Pools. From 7:45 – 9:45pm each night, they offer a soak in their naturally fed hot springs for a fraction of the daily price.
Take advantage of this option and pay just $10 for a two-hour session of relaxation. Admittance for children is just $5.
The Wrap-Up: Steamboat Springs Hot Springs
Although frigid weather haunts the Yampa Valley in the winter months, Steamboat Springs is chalked full of incredible hot springs for staying warm.
Whether you want to save money or you’re looking for luxury relaxation, Steamboat Springs has hot springs for every budget. Take the time to visit each of the three hot springs that Steamboat has to offer.
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