Established in 1880, Juniper features a few soaking pools outside of Lay in Moffat County. Secluded in northwest Colorado, Juniper Hot Springs offers a unique retreat for those lucky enough to be passing through.
There is one large pool with a concrete floor, filled solely from the overflow of four smaller pools. These smaller pools have a sandy, clay bottom, which allows water to easily rise. The water flows at around 80 to 100° Fahrenheit and is more of a warm spring than a hot spring.
There is a small daily fee to use the springs, which are open during daylight hours. Bathing suits are required and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the pool area. Guests must be 18 or accompanied by an adult.
Gravel campsites are also available but without hookups. Please pack in and pack out.
The Native Americans camped beside Juniper Mountain and used these springs for years. Numerous relics have been found, which showed at least 5 permanent camps inhabited the region. They called the springs “Healing Waters”.
The U.S. Government determined in 1939 that the springs contained 24 minerals. This many beneficial minerals exist in only two other hot springs found in Europe.
At present time there are no remaining structures. Buildings were burned years back because of their deterioration.
Follow Highway 40 two miles west of Lay. Take a left on Highway 53 and follow that across the river. The hot springs will be on your left.
Address: 8090 Moffat County Rd 53, Lay, CO 81625
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