Mount Princeton Hot Springs is a true resort, with several large pools, primitive creek-side hot springs, lodging, a restaurant, country store and full spa. It’s located south of Buena Vista in Chalk Creek Canyon.
The scenic Mount Princeton rises behind the resort, offering beautiful views of the Colorado landscape.
There are three large year round hot spring pools at Mount Princeton. The Exercise Pool is kept cooler (still warm) and perfect for swimming. It’s kept at a comfortable 90 degrees F.
The Soaking Pool is hot enough to relax your aches away, but not overly hot. It’s maintained around around 105 degrees F. The third pool is the Relaxation Pool. It’s only open to overnight resort guests.
The real draw at the Mount Princeton is Chalk Creek. It runs past the resort and is lined with 30 or so small hot springs pools. Temperatures vary, but can be adjusted by stacking rock walls to prevent the cool Chalk Creek water from coming in.
There’s nothing like relaxing in primitive hot mineral pools next to an alpine creek. Nighttime can be very special with the tranquil sounds of the creek and amazing views of the stars.
In the summer, from Memorial Day until Labor Day there is an Upper Pool that’s open. You can float down a lazy river and slide from a 400 foot water slide.
There is plenty of seating and tables around both pools. An outdoor fireplace is available at the end of the Exercise Pool. There is also a wet sauna available by the pools. Indoors there are lockers.
Lodging is available in forms of private cabins, cliff-side rooms, hill-side rooms and rooms at the lodge.
Family-friendly; Unique and primitive creek-side hot springs
From Buena Vista – Take US-25 E out of town for 2.4 miles. This road will merge with US-285 S. Take that for 5.6 miles. Turn right onto Chalk Creek Dr (Co Rd 162). Go 4.4 miles, destination will be on left.
If you keep going down Co Rd 162 past the hot springs, you’ll end up at Saint Elmo, a ghost town about 25 minutes down. Many buildings remain and it’s accessible year round.
Agnes Vaille Falls is along the way. A short hike leads to stunning views of this waterfall.
Cottonwood Hot Springs is another resort in the area.
Address: 15870 Co Rd 162, Nathrop
Season: Year round
Hours: Daily, Sun-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat, 9am-11pm