Tropical Weather in the Mountains at Indian Hot Springs
Most travelers drive right through Idaho Springs on Interstate-70, but some stop to soak in Indian Hot Springs. You can get a pass for the pool or mud caves, or stay in one of their rooms and get a private pool as well.
When I took my family for a night, our room was small, moist, and dumpy with carpet like AstroTurf, but we still had a fun family picnic on the floor, eating burgers from the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar, one of many good cantina-food options on Main Street.
We still thought the room price of $93 was worth it, since it gave us access to the hot pool, enclosed in a greenhouse dome and home to a gorgeous tropical garden of banana plants and exotic trees and flowers. I’m also told it is the only hot springs in the state with a liquor license, so you can sip a cold one while hanging in the pool.
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PLEASE HEED A WARNING FROM A LONG-TIME PATRON!!
Please, don't waste your money!! It saddens me as a long-time and devoted patron to write this, but Indian Hot Springs has become disgustingly despicable over the years and its time people know the truth and avoid this toxic environment. These people are not there to make your experience a good one, they are about the money and sticking together as an unhealthy pack of heartless individuals. I don't say this lightly, I've been going here since I was 4 years old and it is supposed to be a place of peace, happiness and healing. I have fibromyalgia and use hot springs as a regular therapy, but I can no longer bring myself to come here. I received, hands down, the worst treatment EVER, entirely unprovoked by me, and never once did I engage, and I had to endure a near tantrum level exchange, to get into a room I had booked and clearly indicated I was checking in for. Upon talking with the manager about his employee, he stuck up for her, no compensations were offered for the most inhumane treatment from no provocation I have ever had to witness. Just having to go through that, then getting blown off by the entire establishment left me in great fibro pain for days as I tried to process the injustice, the disgusting and uncalled for behavior of the woman serving me. I have seen this sort of treatment, all though not as bad as I witnessed personally, happening throughout the Indian Hot Springs for some time now, and to know that they will excuse it and promise training exercises right after excusing it is ominous to me and makes me think I will just continue to see this abuse happen to their patrons. Please, beware before you take your precious and beautiful psyche to this place, and ask yourself, "Do I really want to risk going through that kind of mistreatment and pain when I am looking for a place to heal?" You should come up with a HUGE "NO!" Please, heed this warning, there are such much better places around Idaho Springs to experience true healing and peace. I sincerely hope this helps others avoid pain.