Hot Spring Fever

Take a dip in these three toasty mineral springs.

By Erin Gifford

Old Town Hot Springs

Steamboat Springs, CO

You can loosen up in eight heated pools year-round at Old Town Hot Springs. The famous Heart Spring pumps in 220 gallons a minute naturally, allowing for a rejuvenating post-ski plunge for achy muscles. And it’s great for families. Kids will love the two 230-foot waterslides, as well as the waterfall and floating obstacle course. 136 S. Lincoln Ave.; 970-879-1828;; adults, $15; children 3–14, $12; children 2 and under, free

Lava Hot Springs

Lava Hot Springs, ID

With temperatures that range from 102 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, these geothermal hot-spring-fed mineral pools warm the body and soul after a day spent schussing the slopes at nearby Pebble Creek. Five outdoor pools offer Instagram-worthy views of the surrounding Portneuf Range. Afterward, an indoor aquatic center with a splash pad lets you take the fun inside. 430 E. Main St.; 208-776-5221;; adults, from $6; children 3–11, $5.50; children 2 and under, $2

Granite Hot Springs

Jackson, WY

South of downtown Jackson lies Granite Hot Springs, a mineral pool set among dense thickets of pines and firs in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A near-constant water temperature of 104 degrees is an ample reward for the winding 10 miles to reach the springs, which can be done only by snowmobile, cross-country skis, or dogsled in the winter season (December through the end of March). The man-made pool was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s to contain the natural waters. Granite Creek Rd.; 307-690-6323;; adults, $8; children 12 and under, $5; cash or check only

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  • Published: March 2019