The Western Colorado Hot Springs Pool You Didn’t Know About
We all know about Glenwood Springs and Ouray, but there is another hot springs pool in western Colorado that you might not know about.
I'm not sure if it is based upon square footage, length, width, or the amount of water, but it's billed as the largest indoor hot springs in North America. Apparently, the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center has wrestled the title away from Evans Plunge in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
The Salida facility includes a large 25-meter pool where the water temperature is a comfortable 84-86 degrees. A smaller pool, called the leisure pool, registers at 97-100 degrees. The water is piped in from hot springs about 8 miles away and is said to be "sparkling clear" and "odorless."
The standard daily admission rate at the Salida Hot Springs is $11 for adults, but they do offer discounted rates at various times. For those that would like a little privacy, small soaking pools accommodating 2-3 people are available for $12 an hour.
What you may find most surprising is that the Salida pool was constructed all the way back in 1937. Since that time, the pool has undergone a number of updates and renovations and has become a first-class facility.
Find some accommodations nearby and you have a wonderful family weekend getaway that's fairly close to home.