When the weather gets chilly, warm up in historic style at this cool natural wonder!

As fall is winding down and winter is literally just over the hill, we’re moving into cooler days with chilly nights. Why not take advantage of the crisp fall air and enjoy a relaxing day at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs?

The perfect late fall and winter day trip when the roads are clear, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop is a 2.5- to 3-hour trip from Denver depending on your starting point, and about two hours from Colorado Springs. This wonderful hot spring offers a year-round getaway through its many natural and man-made mineral pools.

Unlike some other natural hot springs, the waters at the springs are 100 percent natural and odorless, which means you can enjoy a soak with the smells created by Sulphur. The water emerges from the ground at 120 degrees, and spring waters bubble out of the ground at 120 degrees at the source and disperse from there.

The Historic Bath House at Mt. Princeton has been soothing sore muscles since just after the Civil War and is open to the public daily, and you can also create your own private hot springs in the Creekside Hot Springs. These natural pools are about one foot in depth and feature a comfortable sandy bottom. If you get too hot, you simply can remove a rock and let cooler water float in.

Mt. Princeton Winter Hot Springs

Courtesy of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. 

But the waters aren’t all there is to see in the area. You can also soak in the sights of St. Elmo, a Colorado ghost town with a history that dates back to 1878 (and a haunted history at that!). While mostly a summer tourist destination, you can reach the town in good weather and good road conditions. Remember that it sits at about 10,000 feet, so any snow that falls is likely to impede your progress via vehicle. But you can still access it via snowshoes, cross-country skis, snowmobiles, and more. Could there be a greater way to spend the day than snowshoeing into a historic mining town and soaking those tired muscles afterward in natural spring water?

If you want to visit the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, you can purchase a day pass and enjoy. If you decide that you want to relax for longer, lodging is available, which includes complimentary access to the hot springs. The resort also offers activities and concierge services to enjoy all the area has to offer. The towns of Buena Vista and Salida are nearby, giving you access to shops, breweries, wineries, and more.

Have you been to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort before? Let us know in the comments below.

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