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 debuts a resort-wide transformation.

Just nine 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 and spa services, along with lodging at partner hotels, visitors can enjoy it all at Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa.

Renovations Complete at Durango Hot Springs

In 2019, new owners acquired the property and wasted no time elevating the soaking and spa experience. Improvements to the facilities began immediately starting with the change of name to Durango Hot Springs. The comprehensive renovation included adding multiple mineral soaking pools, some with temperature controls, others specific to families and several with waterfalls. For those wishing to exercise, the lap lanes in the saltwater swimming pool are perfect for a casual swim or more intense training. Further enhancing the soaking experience, the landscape was designed to blend in with the surrounding natural beauty for a true feeling of escape from the ordinary.

A Place for Soulful Soaking

Soaking is pure joy at Durango Hot Springs—an experience that revives body and soul. The geothermal waters are odor-free, chemical-free and contain an abundance of 34 minerals—calcium, sodium, silica and sulfate among the most prominent. The hot springs campus features 26 unique thermal mineral water features, 16 natural mineral hot springs soaking pools and eight private Japanese-inspired cedar soaking pubs, as well as a reflexology walking path and a mineral water rain tower. Temperatures range 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.

Spa Services & Lodging Partners

The resort features both spa services and close-by lodging. 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 indulgences, facials and add-on enhancements. To accommodate guests with ease, Durango Hot Springs has partnered with some of the town’s best lodging properties including the General Palmer Hotel, Rochester Hotel & Bar/Leland House, O-Bar-O Cabins and the Strater Hotel.

Durango Hot Springs is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Spa hours vary. Reservations are required for both the hot springs and spa services. For preferred rates, book lodging at partner properties online.

Learn more and visit Durango Hot Springs today!


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