Ouray Hot Springs
Enjoy the idyllic surrounding while relaxing in the Ouray Hot Springs
Soaking in Ouray’s natural hot spring waters has been a tradition for generations. The Ute tribe, the area’s original inhabitants, believed the land to be sacred. The hot waters present throughout the Valley were used for ceremonies and spiritual regeneration. With the coming of the miners in the 1870s, the Utes were forced from the land and their access to the sacred waters. However, the miners and the tourists that followed were happy to have access to the pleasures of hot water soaking, especially in the middle of winter.
These hot waters begin deep in the mountains that surround Ouray. The intense heat of the subterranean geology, and the high pressures that accompany it, combine to push the waters to the surface at sites all along the Uncompahgre River in Ouray. As it bubbles up from the earth, the water is as hot at 140 degrees. It is this crystal clear and Sulphur-free water that makes Ouray one of the best places in the state to enjoy a soak.
Hot springs in Ouray is nearly synonymous with the Ouray Hot Springs pool. Our naturally hot pool has been welcoming soakers and swimmers since 1927. A visit to the Hot Springs Pool is one of the must-do activities for both visitors and locals. It offers opportunities for kids of all ages to play, swim, or just soak the afternoon away. The best time for hot springs soaking— a winter day with the snow coming down and the spectacular San Juan Mountains all around you.
Today, there are three main sections of the pool: the main swimming and play pool which is generally kept around 80 degrees, the 95 degree soaking pool, perfect for long term soaking and family swims, and the hot soaking pool where the temperature is kept around 104 degrees. But after nearly 100 years it is time for a new look. Beginning in late 2016, the pool will undergo an extensive renovation and reconfiguration so it will be ready to create memories for the generations to come.
Points of interest
Resting in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Ouray Colorado is a perfect basecamp for regional activities, boasting access to world-class hiking, biking, jeeping, fishing and soothing hot springs. Take a look at some of Ouray’s points of interest and regional attractions.
- Box Canyon Park
- Million Dollar Highway
- Ouray Ice Park
- Ouray County Museum
- Ouray County Ranch Museum
- Durango and Silverton Railroad
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park