Monday, January 20, 2020

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, Colorado



When my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in October, we continued a tradition we began when we moved to Colorado by visiting a Colorado hot spring area for a few days.  We've visited Strawberry Springs in Steamboat Springs, Iron Mountain Springs in Glenwood Springs, and this year we spent a few days in Buena Vista, Colorado and visited the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort that is located in Nathrop, between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado.



Mount Princeton is a part of Colorado's Collegiate Peaks, part of the Sawatch Range in central Colorado. The mountain stands at 14,197 feet, and one can hike a challenging 13.25-mile out-and-back hike that ascends to a grueling 5,400 vertical feet.  Nearby is 14,269-foot Mt. Antero, which has a 16-mile round-trip hike, with 5,200 vertical feet climb.  The resort has views of both mountains, as well as the Chalk Cliffs.



Not being athletic enough to consider taking either of those hikes, We decided that enjoying the views of those mountains from the various pools in the resort would do.  What beautiful views they were! 

The Princeton Hot Springs Resort includes on-site many different accommodation options, from a lodge to cabins and creekside suites, and there is a restaurant, and spa treatments available, as well as fitness and yoga classes for guests.



The odorless geothermal fed pools vary in size and location on the premises. We spent the most time in the brand new family relaxation poolThere is also an exercise pool, a historic bathhouse pool that was built in the mid-1800s, a relaxation pool that is adult-only, and a soaking pool.



In the Upper Pools and Lazy River, there is a 400 hundred foot long water slide that traverses down the hill into a pool. We saw children and teenagers enjoying that slide all day long!




We also tried the creek hot springs pools located right in the midst of the cool rushing waters of Chalk Creek. Each natural pool located along the creek is fed by natural geothermal hot springs with water as hot as 140 degrees that are bubbling up into the creek bed and mingling with the cold spring water.


The creek is approximately one foot in depth most of the year with a comfortable sandy bottom. By moving a few stones one can allow cooler water to rush in and cool the water until you reach the desired temperature inside your own circle of stones.



A hillside view of the upper Mt Princeton Resort Pools and slide.



We really enjoyed soaking and relaxing in the Mount Princeton Resort pools and creek hot mineral waters.  We also enjoyed exploring the nearby towns of Salida and Buena Vista, as well as a few ghost towns located in the mountains--more about these places in future blog posts. We are now researching more hot spring areas for future trips, and feel fortunate to be living in a state that has so many!


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34 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

The resort looks beautiful. I am sure the pools and soaking in the hot springs was wonderful. You picked an awesome place for your Anniversary trip! The views are stunning! Lovely photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

Barb said...

Pat, these are wonderful photos of the fantastic scenery around the hot springs. My good friend lives in Nathrop not far from the springs. Her views are similar. Looks like fine October weather when you visited!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Your photos are so very beautiful! Thank you for them! Have a wonderful week!

Dawn said...

I have a friend who recently moved to Selena, looks like one more reason to visit. That view! Oh man, gorgeous view from the geothermal pool and I'm sure that is where I would have stayed.
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Billy Blue Eyes said...

That place is quiet, does any one go there beside you

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun tradition! And so refreshing and reenergizing! I would love to visit CO again and the ghost towns would be neat to find! Enjoy your week!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Seeing that I am not a water person, have actually never put on a bathing suit ,I likely wouldn't be in the water, bu those views are spectacular .

NCSue said...

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Mother of 3 said...

That looks amazing! What a beautiful resort. We visited an indoor spring in North Dakota but I think I would much prefer a hot spring!

Michelle said...

This looks like a heavenly place to visit!

Photo Cache said...

Beautiful spot for a vacation.

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Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That's a nice resort. I love natural hot springs.
There used to be one out in the middle of nowhere near where my mother grew up in southeast idaho. We used to go there up until I was in the 4th grade or so then the family that owned it closed it.

Angie said...

Pat - yes, what is it about Colorado that it has so many hot springs? As you know, we have been to Iron Mountain in Glenwood; it looks like your most recent visit has much more scenic views! Interesting you point out that it is odorless - I guess some hot springs are not! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, my friend!

Shiju Sugunan said...

Looks like a beautiful resort. Nice pics!

Molly said...

That looks amazing

Molly

Buttercup said...

Fabulous pictures. A return trip to Colorado is on my list and I am adding some new places to visit.

likeschocolate said...

Gorgeous! It looks like a great place to visit.

Cristina - Memories of the Pacific said...

Such a beautiful place! Both the landscape and resort look amazing. Definitely my kind of place

stevebethere said...

Brilliant photos and what a fab resort thanks for the tour :-)

Have a springtastic week :-)

NanaHood said...

What a great view! Love it. So pretty!

XmasDolly said...

Oh my gosh, I would love to go here. It's absolutely beautiful and looks so very inviting. Gotta go find my hubby and show him this. Woo Hoo Thanks for sharing soooooooooooooooo very much!

XmasDolly said...

Did you go see the ghost towns they had there? We would like to see those too! This is awesome I have to look this place up. Thanks again my new friend. Have a great day!

betty-NZ said...

How awesome to have these places around and, even better, to visit them every year! We have several natural hot water pools that are lovely any time of year :)

It's delightful to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

My Corner of the World

ellen b. said...

What a fun tradition. Looks like a great place to relax. We just heard about a hot springs close to us across the border in Canada that I'd like to visit sometime this year. Great photos.

Cindy@CountyRoad407 said...

Wow, this sounds like a bucket list visit! We’ve been to Colorado many times but have never been to any hot springs. Mostly due to the unpleasant odor but when I read “odorless “ that peaked my interest! You have a fun and informative blog. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Jeanie said...

This looks like a fabulous getaway! Love the pools (I'd be inclined to do the same!) and all that knockout scenery. You had to be so relaxed by the time you left!

Mandy said...

That looks like an amazing place to relax! I'd love to visit someday!

Judy said...

That's a great tradition you started! We love visiting hotsprings and that looks like a lovely spot! Maybe one day we will have to check out CO hotspings.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

The scenery is stunning! Such beautiful mountains and skies. Oh, and happy anniversary!

diane b said...

That looks a great complex. The long slide into the pool looks fun too. Nice to relax and soak while drinking in the beautiful mountain scenery.

Lowcarb team member said...

It does look a good place to visit.

All the best Jan

Steven Que said...

I have only seen beautiful snow caped mountains on my plane window on a flight from Paris to Milan. These beautiful mountain top views you have while you soak up on those pools are just mesmerizing to imagine! I wish I can swim on those pools with views like those someday! Thank you for taking us there!

Stevenson
http://www.stevensonque.com

William Kendall said...

I could never get enough of those mountains.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a perfect way to celebrate! Could there be anything better than those views from your warm pool!