Best. Pit Stop. Ever: Iron Mountain Hot Springs
What's better than this? Colorado's newest hot springs (they opened in July, 2015) boasts 16 small thermal pools on the bank of the Colorado River, and a large freshwater family pool heated to 95 degrees, with a sun deck and Sopris Cafe. The smaller pools contain a variety of minerals and are kept at a range of temperatures. Views are of the river, train tracks, and mall across the dry valley. You barely notice that the entire property borders the shoulder of Interstate-70, which of course, means, it's a perfect stopover for cross-state road trips, or as its own day trip from anywhere. Rates are $15–20 per person for access to the bathhouse, pools, and cafe.
By Joshua Berman, AFAR Local Expert
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281 Centennial Dr, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 10pm