By: Mark Munson in partnership with Coloradotography
Mayflower Gulch Grand Traverse
Trail Length: 4 Miles Round Trip
Trail Type: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 400 - 1500 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
Looking for a perfect winter weekend hike? Look no further! Mayflower Gulch offers something for all skill levels and beautiful views the entire way into the gulch. Hiking into the gulch is a relatively easy hike if you have the correct gear. Snowshoes are definitely recommended for this hike during the winter season. The snow can be deep in some spots and having snowshoes will save you some energy. Make sure to bring your pup with you on this adventure because this trail is very dog friendly! After the trailhead sign there is a trail split. If you want an easier hike up with a good snowpack, pick the right trail. This trail is trafficked more by hikers, snowshoers, and cross country skiers but if you don't have snowshoes I would recommend taking this trail. Choosing the left trail provides better views of the sawtooth peaks and better photography opportunities of the gulch. Without snowshoes the trail is manageable but be prepared to fall into some snow! The left trail is also trafficked much less so you won't have much company!
Dreaming of the warmth? Colorado's weather can be confusing, with snow and frigid temps one day, and 60 degree sunshine the next. If you are seeking a little bit of rest and relaxation, or simply want to get into the mountains, these 10 hot springs will give you just that. From remote riverside soaks to more intimate resort experiences, this state offers something for everyone. Visiting hot spring in the summer are nice, but nothing says winter warmth like a Colorado hot spring!
7. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Of all the springs in this blog post, these are the largest single pools, and most accessible. Located in Glenwood Springs, between Vail and Aspen, these springs are perfect for everyone. The location offers great views of the surrounding mountains and the pools are big enough to accommodate a large number of guests. Buy a day pass or stay overnight, you can't go wrong with these springs.
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6. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
This luxurious resort is the perfect getaway if you are looking for something more established. Located in Nathrop, Colorado, near Buena Vista, these springs are prefect for family vacations, romantic retreats, or mountain weddings. To access the springs you can either purchase a day pass, or if you plan on staying overnight, your hot spring day pass will be included with your overnight fees. Make the most of your trip with a one of a kind spa treatment.
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5. Strawberry Hot Springs
This little hot spring hobbit town is tucked back into the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The road to get to the springs can be difficult to maneuver in snow so a 4WD vehicle is ideal but not necessary. Strawberry Hot Springs features five different pools, all varying in size and temperature. The park is very accommodating for visitors offering chairs and bathrooms. If you are looking for a natural hot spring experience with larger pools, this is the hot spring for you!
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4. Radium Hot Springs
Radium Hot Springs is a primitive small pool spring located near Kremmling, Colorado. In peak months, this area can be very busy because of the hot spring and cliff jumping access. Neighboring cliffs tempt thrill seekers for a quick adrenaline rush. The springs require a mile hike to reach with a steep descent before the pool that can be difficult for some. Camping is offered nearby for overnight visitors. If you are seeking a quick adventure or day trip, consider visiting Radium Hot Springs.
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3. Valley View Hot Springs
Nestled into the side of a mountain in the San Luis Valley is Valley View Hot Springs. This little village sanctuary offers lodging, hot springs, spa treatments, and camping. There are a collection of different pools on the mountainside all of which are accessed by short hiking trails, making these springs one of a kind. Reservations are highly recommended for day trips and overnight stays. Clothing here is optional so arrive prepared for anything!
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2. Rainbow Hot Springs
Located near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Rainbow Hot Springs offers one of the most serene and therapeutic environments for a winter soak. The two pools sit on the edge of the San Juan River and require a 5 mile one way hike with 1,600 feet in elevation gain. In the winter the hike is snow covered so micro spikes or snow shoes are recommended for better traction. Along the way you will be treated with forests, rivers, mountain peak views, and waterfalls; only to be greeted with a waterfall fed hot spring! What else could you ask for?
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1. Conundrum Hot Springs
Aspen might be home to some of the most beautiful hot springs in all of Colorado. Nestled deep into the Elk Mountains is Conundrum Hot Springs. Getting to the springs is a challenge in itself with a 8 mile uphill hike. The total elevation gain once you reach the springs is about 3,200 feet, so bring proper gear and supplies. It usually takes a full day to hike each way so plan accordingly. There are also a few different campsites located around the springs for your overnight stay. Soak in the views of the surrounding mountains and the experience of the best hot spring in Colorado!
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