Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, Colorado

It was snowing in Colorado even in October.

I visited a hot spring inn deep in the mountains, thinking that it should be nice to soak in the snowy landscape.

Rustic Lodge

In 1878 Cottonwood Hot Springs started the business as a hotel, which was used as a sanatorium later on.


After it was burned down in 1911, a few inns have been doing the business in the area.

They are surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest.


Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa consists of a rustic lodging facility, some cabins, and camping sites.


Walk-ins are available from 7 AM to around 10 PM.

The rate is $20 for weekdays or $24 for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

Five Pools with Different Warmth


The pool area looks like a beautiful courtyard beside the parking lot.

Free-flowing gravity-fed water is in the five pools.

Cold Plunge 1

“Cold Plunge” is located in the right side of the entrance.

The pool is painted in light blue, has the coldest water in 81 degrees F.

Cold Plunge 2

“Watsu” is in the closest place to the riverside.


Watsu is originally developed by Harold Dull in the US, which is a form of aquatic bodywork inspired by Japanese Shiatsu.

The pool is deep enough for the kind of treatment, fed by 90 degrees F water.

Cottonwood River

The cottonwood river is right next to the pool.

The largest pool is “Belly.”

Belly 1

It is around 46 feet long by 20 feet wide.

The 5 feet depth pool is fed by 84 degrees F water.

Belly 2

“Head” is located at the slightly higher position; spilt water is flown into Belly.

Head 3

Hot, 104 degrees F water is in the pool.

Clear, colorless, and odorless water is piped from the source of the springs.

Head and Belly

The water is used in a state of nature, not chlorinated.

Head 2

The small building is for changing rooms and showers.

Clothing is required in all the pool areas.

A very small sauna is in the back of the cabin.

Lastly let’s finish with the hottest “Elbow.”


The U-shaped pool surrounded by stonewalling has 106 degrees F water.

It was crazy to go outside for bathing in such freezing day.

Belly 3

However it was fully rewarding for me to see the snowy landscape while soaking.


Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, Buena Vista, Colorado, USA



Purely naturally flown water!

  • Walk-in: Yes (7:00 AM - Approx. 10:00 PM)
  • Lodging: Yes

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