When you really want to get away from it all, this is a great place to vacation, recreate and rejuvenate with geothermal hot springs!
Valley View Hot Springs (image 1) is located at the base of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains up County Road GG off Hwy 17. Originally a resort spot for all the miners working the claims in the Sangres many of the historic buildings are still there. It is managed by the Orient Land Trust (OLT), a nonprofit land trust dedicated to the preservation of the natural resources, wildlife habitat, and open space, historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Visitors enjoy the facilities of Valley View Hot Springs, a rustic clothing-optional resort with natural hot spring ponds, warm swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Additional activities highlight other distinctive features of the lands managed by OLT, which include: Colorado’s largest migratory bachelor colony of Brazilian free-tailed bats, off-grid hydroelectric and geothermal energy, an exposed, active geologic fault zone, limestone caverns, historic buildings, inactive iron mine, and town sites. Image credit: OutThere Colorado
Joyful Journey Hot Springs & Spa (image 2) is off Hwy 17 near the junction of Hwy 285. Once a sacred site to the Utes, it’s healing waters have always attracted travelers. At the turn of the century, Mineral Hot Springs was a thriving town and folks rode the train to come enjoy the hot water. The town boasted a dance hall and the cowboys from the Arkansas Valley would ride over Hayden Pass to soak, dance and fight the Saguache cowboys – then ride back at daybreak. Today things are a little mellower. Three outdoor soaking pools, dry sauna, massage and aromatherapy are available for your pleasure. The new retreat and conference center can accommodate 88 people, with 11 rooms having a private bath. Yurts and tipis can be rented for overnight stays, as well as dry RV and tent camping areas. The spa gift shop features skin care products, Joyful Journey brand of aromatherapy blends, snacks and refreshments.
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and RV (image 3) is one mile north of Hooper east off Hwy 17, on County Road B. These family-owned facilities include a very large swimming pool with diving board and slide and a 25 person therapy pool kept between 105-107 degrees. The pool is open year-round, and has a large enclosure to assure comfort from the weather. RV and camping spots with water and electric hook-ups are located right next to the facility. Tables and grills, plus volleyball, basketball, tetherball, a horseshoe pit, and a large grassy area and creek for the kids offer lots of great family fun! Nearby attractions include: The Great Sand Dunes National Monument, San Luis Lakes State Park, the UFO Watchtower, (all providing camping facilities), the famous Colorado Alligator Farm, and The Thunder Valley Speedway.