Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Updated: Apr 2

What

Strawberry Park hot springs is such a great hot springs vibe. Especially as COVID forces them on a reservation system. They are similar to Valley View with the partially natural commercial hot spring. Located in Steamboat Springs, it’s built parallel to a wonderfully cold river that if ever you feel you are too hot, dipping into it somehow is so right. There are 5 pools, 3 bigger pools and 2 small ones with a little waterfall. I really like Strawberry based on the fact that I almost exclusively stay in the top pool as it is the hottest and more exclusive because of the temperature and size. The bigger ones (pre-COVID) can get super packed and feel like a public pool. The views are wildly beautiful, and the vibe is usually super relaxing once you find your spot to chill.


They also have little cabins available to rent but these are very minimal. Think camping but not needing to bring a tent. There are only a few and have slightly different amenities. Make sure to *check the site* to check them out and to reserve.


Steamboat Springs is also highly known for skiing/ snowboarding, snow tubing, and the alpine coaster. It's a super cute town to stay a night or two in.


Strawberry is one of the more beautiful commercial hot springs in Colorado to me.


Need to know

  • Currently on a reservation-only system and usually books up weeks out. Only 50 people a day are allowed.

  • They are cash only. $20 per person and it is adults only after at sundown as it turns into a clothing optional.

  • The last few miles are a for-real dirt road with a steep hill. In the winter, you should absolutely have snow tires, 4x4, or chains to get there. There is also a Steamboat Springs shuttle. There are two private companies, *Hot Springs Shuttle $50 including round trip and price into strawberry hot springs and *Sweet Pea Tours $30 round trip without the price of admission

Why

It's perfectly nestled in nature and feels like nothing in the world exists other than you, this place, and anyone else who may be there. It’s incredibly relaxing and similar to Valley View has the perfect mix of primitive vibes in a commercial setting. The natural mineral water is so wonderfully soothing, you’ll not want to leave.

Where

From Denver, it’s just over 3 hours heading west on i-70 then HWY 9 and HWY 40. As stated previously, the last 4 miles or so are on a dirt road that begins with a steep uphill and if unskilled or in the snow, it may be challenging. Again, once you make it to Steamboat, if you don’t want to chance it, you can book a shuttle to the springs. Here is the Google Maps Link.


When

Strawberry Park is wonderful year-round. The biggest issue or hurdle would be those last few miles. Definitely plan ahead if it’s winter. During COVID you can only get in by reservation and it is booked up a couple of weeks ahead.


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