Bare it all in some of Colorado’s best destinations. The state in the Rocky Mountains is home to more than just extreme hiking and backpacking trips. With a unique environment and great natural resources, Colorado is also home to many great hot springs, and many clothing-optional hot springs. A nude dip in one of these warm to hot natural pools is quite an experience. With full resorts or just day trips, indoor or outdoor pools, and all at varying temperatures, there’s plenty for you to try between the best clothing-optional hot springs in Colorado.
1. Valley View Hot Springs, Moffat
Valley View Hot Springs is located in the small town of Moffat, Colorado in the central part of the state. The 2,000 acres are community-owned land, run by the Orient Land Trust, offering a clothing-optional sanctuary for those looking for an open community experience. Immerse yourself in the hot springs’ wildlife, wilderness trails, body-temperature ponds to take a dip, and hot tubs and saunas. The entire complex is electricity free, powered by the hot water from the hot springs. While at Valley View Hot Springs, you can enjoy the area’s natural spring-fed swimming pools, showers, camping options, and more.
2. Desert Reef Hot Springs, Royal Gorge County
Desert Reef Hot Springs in central Colorado is the clothing-optional desert escape you need. The clothing-optional hot springs exist today on the sight of a well built in the 1940s by Conoco Oil, giving a unique history to the area. The hot springs are a popular spot for those looking for a special outdoor experience in Colorado combined with a way to go au naturel. Water in the springs is kept below body temperature, so it’s warm without being too hot — around 94 to 96 degrees. Aside from the springs and outdoor pool, you can also enjoy shady lounge space, the greenhouse lounge, changing rooms, and hot showers.
3. Orvis Hot Springs, Ridgway
A luxury hot springs resort that’s also clothing-optional — that’s Orvis Hot Springs & Spa in Ridgway, Colorado. The natural hot springs spot in the southwestern corner of the state offers a full health and wellness experience for any and all visitors in the midst of the San Juan Mountains. Orvis Hot Springs gives you all natural lithium water in the indoor and outdoor hot springs soaking areas, as well as massage services. The outdoor and indoor pools have differing temperatures, with some just around body temperatures, and others, like the lobster pot, much hotter.
Stay in one of the elegant rooms or camp out under the stars — both options are available at Orvis Hot Springs. For privacy purposes, use of electronics and cameras is prohibited in the hot springs areas of the resort, and kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult while on the property.
4. Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs
Strawberry Park Hot Springs brings the best of Colorado’s nature right to you. The hot springs resort sits in northern Colorado, in the middle of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers 104-degree mineral water hot springs, making it one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S. Plus, the springs are surrounded by the thick Colorado forest, giving it a mystical vibe. In the nearby huts, you can relax after a world-class massage, then take a dip in the hot, curing water. The park also offers picnic spots and cabins with changing rooms. After dark, the resort becomes clothing-optional for the more adventurous customers.
5. Joyful Journey, Moffat
At an elevation of 7,700 feet, Joyful Journey hot springs just south of Salida offers expansive views of the surrounding mountain ranges — from the comfort of a glamping-style yurt. That’s right, a visit to this sanctuary will have you staying overnight in a traditional Native American yurt. Roll out of bed and roll right into the nearby mineral hot spring. Also feel free to take advantage of the massage services, yoga, and Qi Gong (a Chinese-style exercise related to tai chi) on the lawn. On Wednesday nights, one of the hot pools is clothing-optional, so be sure to plan your trip around those.
6. Dakota Hot Springs, Penrose
Also surrounded by the majestic Sangre de Christo and Rocky Mountain ranges, Dakota Hot Springs is a relaxing little year-round retreat where that sees over 300 days of annual sunshine. The free-form concrete pool is 70 feet in diameter and usually hovers between 95 and 98 degrees. The water contains theraputic salts, calcium, and most importantly, no sulfurous odor. Dakota Hot Springs is not strictly a nudist facility, and would best be considered clothing-optional. If you’re traveling with young ones, they require clothing on Tuesdays. Feel free to visit for the day, or stay overnight at their camping facility.