Hot Sulphur Springs Mineral Baths

Hot Springs near Winter Park, Colorado

Hot Sulphur Springs is not the most original name out there but a telling name it is.  The mineral baths and pools of Hot Sulphur Springs have been relaxing travelers for many years –  from as long back as the  Native American Ute Tribe were running things up here in this part of Grand County.

The first inhabitants of the hot springs area were the Ute Indians, who used the springs for many years.  The Utes believed in the healing qualities of the earth-warmed waters and referred to them as “big medicine” and “magic waters”.  It was common place for them to bathe themselves, children and livestock in the waters.

In 1840 William Byers, for whom the adjoining canyon is named, became the first white man to discover the hot springs and quickly laid claim to the area, setting the stones for the township known as Hot Sulphur Springs.  With the aid of the U.S. Cavalry and the courts, he ‘acquired’ the land from the Ute Tribe and began commercializing access to the hot baths.

The resort has been continually operational for 150 years+ and in the 1920’s to 1950’s was one of the most popular hot springs resorts in the Rocky Mountain States.

Today, Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa is open 7 days a week from 8 AM – 10 PM.  There are over 20 pools varying in size  and temperature from 95F to 112F.   No chemicals are added nor is the water re-circulated or filtered.   The water is supposedly drinkable straight from the springs if you can deal with some really hot water.  Tea anyone?

In addition to the soaking pools, Hot Sulphur Springs offer many massage services, body treatments and waxing services.

To learn more about the services offered at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa today, visit their website HERE.

SpringsThe first inhabitants of the springs were the Ute Indians who used the hot springs for many years. They believed in the healing qualities of the waters and referred to them as “big medicine” and “magic waters”, and bathed themselves, their horses and dogs, children and women in the water, in that order! The Ute Indians often set their winter hunting camps beneath the natural shelter offered by the bluffs enclosing Byers Canyon, which adjoins our property. In 1840 William Byers, for whom the canyon is named, became the first white man to discover the hot water at our little town, which he named Hot Sulphur Springs. Byers recognized the economic potential of the baths and the surrounding area. With the aid of the U.S. Cavalry and the courts, he acquired the land, somewhat deviously, from the Ute Tribe.

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