John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High is running on repeat in my head, and somewhere nearby my friends are telling jokes, their laughter rippling through the darkness. I find a grin spreading across my face. Experiencing moments like this, shared with a group of like-minded friends, is the reason I never wanted to leave this state after graduating from college. There are simply too many ways to live your best life here, including a trip to the hot springs.
Colorado hot springs come in all shapes and sizes. Some like Strawberry Park have an au naturale, hippie vibe where clothing is optional after dark and kids are verboten. Others like Mount Princeton are more commercial but come with perks like waterslides and on-site lodging and restaurants.
Want to keep looking? Then scroll on for the best hot springs in Colorado and where to stay.