Cottonwood Hot Springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering area. Today, they are a fully-developed set of rustic hot springs and overnight accommodations. They’re located just outside Buena Vista, at the foot of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
These geothermal, hot mineral springs are entirely fed by gravity and known for their therapeutic and medicinal value. There are several pools of varying size and temperature. The hottest pool can reach up to 110° F.
There are two private, creek side hot tubs available for hourly rent. These are closed in the winter.
A variety of lodging is offered on site. You can rent cabins of varying sizes, rent a bed in a coed dormitory or pay for a tent site. The dormitory consists of three double beds, three single beds, a full kitchen and a bathroom. Pets are only allowed in cabins for a fee.
Nothing artificial is added to the natural hot springs. Alcohol, smoking, dogs and glass are not permitted in the pool areas.
Family friendly hot springs; Several stone soaking pools to choose from; Children must be with an adult and vacate the soaking pool area at 6pm.
Mt Princeton Hot Springs is another place to soak near town.
Address: 18999 County Rd 306, Buena Vista
Season: Year round
Hours: 8am – 10pm / 365 days
Temp: 94º to 110º F