An Evolutionary Tale: Durango Hot Springs


Located in Colorado’s stunning Animas Valley, Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa has been welcoming visitors to stop, stay, soak and relax since the 1880s. The deeply ingrained history of hot springs hospitality continues as the geothermal attraction embarks on a resort-wide transformation.

Just 9 miles north of historic downtown Durango, the Colorado hot springs located in the southwestern corner of the state is also a short drive from Purgatory Ski Area. It’s an ideal location for the many visitors who come to the area for the region’s Native American heritage, to ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, for its thriving college-town vibrancy and an abundance of year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. After sight-seeing and exploring, soaking in the geothermal waters is the perfect way to spend either a few hours, a whole day or an entire weekend. Offering soaking, a spa and lodging, visitors can enjoy it all at Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa.

Durango Hot Springs Now

Soaking is pure joy at Durango Hot Springs. The geothermal waters are chemical-free and contain an abundance of 20 minerals—calcium, sodium, silica and sulfate are among the most prominent. The hot spring water flows into a therapy pool which ranges temperature-wise from a comfy 101°F (38°C) to a toasty 110°F (43°C). Any tensions guests may have been carrying quickly dissipate as the water and heat go to work, deeply relaxing both body and mind. In addition to therapeutic soaking, visitors can also indulge in the healing dry heat of the saunas, beneficial for gentle detoxification.

The resort features both spa services and on-site lodging as well. Guests can put stress where it belongs—in the hands of a professional massage therapist. The spa menu boasts a variety of therapies, including warm stone massage and couple’s treatments, as well as body polishes, scrubs and wraps. Lodging is just as inviting, with accommodations in the Guest House, ideal for up to four, or in the Starlight Room, a cozy space for two.

Throughout the remodel, Durango Hot Springs continues to welcome guests. Soaking hours are from 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. The spa is open beginning at 9 a.m. and the sauna hours start at 4 p.m.

Durango Hot Springs Soon

While the essence of Durango Hot Springs—its geothermal waters—is an enduring constant, the destination is in the process of fulfilling a new hot springs vision that offers visitors an enhanced and more diverse soaking experience with an upscale, modern aesthetic. New features will include elevated soaking pools that overlook the grounds, lush landscaping that takes its cue from the natural surroundings, as well as bathhouse and parking facility improvements for greater guest convenience. Work has already begun. The first phase is underway and when completed in the summer of 2020, it will feature an organically shaped family pool and three soaking pools with cascading waterfalls. The entirety of the project is expected to wrap up by the end of 2021.

Learn more and visit Durango Hot Springs today!


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