Telluride’s Best Spas
After a full day of skiing or hiking, nothing sounds more appealing than a spa treatment. Thankfully, Telluride offers plenty of places for pampering, from lavish resorts with hot springs to luxurious spas offering massages, facials, and more.
52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at this Relais & Chateaux property to be part of the experience, however—the spa is open to the public. Make an appointment for the indulgent, only-in-Colorado Dolores hot-stone massage, which uses heated stones culled from the Dolores River to work out your kinks. Then, take a soak in the on-site sulfuric hot springs, which were once a restorative playground for the Ute Indians.
125 West Pacific Avenue
A local favorite, this downtown massage spot is beloved for one reason: Lynette A. Foley, LMT, who has perfected her Swedish massage technique over the last 15 years with an arnica-infused organic lotion. Her two-hour Serenity Journey treatment lives up to its nickname, “The Works,” thanks to a combination of an Epsom salt foot bath, hot-stone Swedish massage, gentle hypnotherapy, essential oil treatment, and trigger point therapy.
567 Mountain Village Boulevard
Named for the champion Austrian skier, the ultra-luxe Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge pulls out all the stops for its spa, offering an oxygen bar in a mountain-view suite and an adults-only hot tub on a rooftop overlooking the surrounding peaks. Nearly every popular form of massage is available, from reiki to Himalayan salt to Swedish deep-tissue—a godsend après ski (or hike). Book a bespoke scrub (sugar or salt, with your choice of warm oil) to emerge feeling brand spanking new.
1585 Co Rd 3, Ridgway, CO 81432, USA
If you’re sheepish about nudity, turn back. But, if your birthday suit is your favorite thing to pack, then Orvis Hot Springs—in Ridgway, Colorado—just may be your dream Telluride spot. Here, eight al fresco pools sit in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. Ranging from 65 to 112 degrees, the pools are naturally imbued with relaxing lithium, providing the perfect escape from the stress of daily life. After a rejuvenating soak, round out your afternoon of pampering with a visit to the sauna, or a shiatsu massage in a yurt.
568 Mountain Village Boulevard
Besides the mountains, M Spa at Madeline Hotel & Residences is one of the reasons people go to Telluride. Here, you can find a treatment for anything that ails you, from jet lag to après-hike soreness. Locals swear by the circulation-promoting Spirit of the Mountains massage, which includes an herbal poltice of lemongrass, kaffir lime, and sweet basil. Also a favorite is the exfoliating Emerald Sun Age Revitalizing facial—complete with a gemstone massage—that’s known to turn back the clock faster than candlelight and red wine.
333 West Colorado Avenue
Even in a town where locals pride themselves on being earthy and fuss-free, you can still hit the salon and emerge camera-ready thanks to PURE Beauty & Wellness Spa, owned by British expat Joanna Lyons. This is the place to get faux mink or silk eyelash extensions, enjoy a massage in a new Polish salt cave, or even try a colonic with a certified colon hydrotherapist. If you’re still feeling chilled from a day on the slopes, hit the infrared sauna, inspired by age-old Scandinavian tradition but more vital than ever in today’s toxin-filled world.
199 Cornet Ln, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
The Hotel Telluride’s Spa Concierge is an insider secret—anyone can book a service, whether you’re a hotel guest wanting an in-room massage, or a Telluride tourist visiting the on-site treatment room. Massages are offered in 60-minute, 90-minute, and two-hour increments and range from classic modalities like Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports to more unique options like the Table Thai Massage and Hot Stone Therapy. If you’re booking a massage in the treatment room, you can even opt to add services like facials, eyelash tints, and waxes for some extra pampering.
125 3rd Avenue
There are few accommodations, even in Colorado, with their own private hot springs, but Twin Peaks has two tubs and a pool—and they’re open to the public 24 hours a day. Here, visitors will find an adults-only indoor hot tub with jets, an outdoor soaking tub with a waterfall, and an outdoor heated swimming pool, all fed by the property’s mineral hot springs, which are rich in restorative minerals like zinc, potassium, and magnesium. Make your way around the pools, which range in temperature from 90 to 112 degrees, then rehydrate at the on-site bar.