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“Nice Hot Springs”

Ouray Hot Springs Pool
Ranked #1 of 5 Spas & Wellness in Ouray
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: It's always a good day for a soak in the clear warm waters of the Ouray Hot Springs Pool! The hot springs of Ouray have been enjoyed since at least the 14th century when native Ute Indians used the naturally hot clear water for healing. Settlers came to the area in the late 1800's in search of gold and precious minerals, and many found comfort in the natural hot springs. The current swimming pool was constructed in the 1920's and has been a favorite destination ever since. Seven different springs supply the pool with water. At the source some of this water is 150 degrees! The pool consists of several sections maintained at different temperatures for different tastes. The hot section is approximately 104 degrees, and a soaking section, perfect for families and prolonged soaking, is typically 95 degrees, or so. The lap lanes and deep section are usually about 80 degrees in the summer and fall, and cooler than that in the winter months when there is snow on the ground. The Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool is an outdoor pool open all year. Many people enjoy the pool the most in the winter, after a day spent ice climbing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating on the local ice rink (skates are available to rent at the Hot Springs Pool), or simply as a place to relax and enjoy the splendid scenery of the San Juan Mountains.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this hot springs pool in mid- June. I thought the prices were reasonable, and this was a must after hiking and exploring the Ouray area! There is a family pool, a lap pool, and play area for the children. There is a covered area in case of rain and pool inflatables for the children! Lockers are coin operated and towels can be rented.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to go in late afternoon and watch the sun go down over the mountains while relaxing in the hot waters. Lots of families so beware but if you look hard enough you’ll find a quiet place to chill!

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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

For families with young kids this seems like a no-brainer place to spend an afternoon. It’s pricey, though, for what is essentially just a bunch of pools. $18 for adults and kids, ages 4–12, are $12 but if the kids want to ride the slides (and what kid doesn’t?) it’s an extra $3/per kid for the slides and there’s only 2 slides. You can get your hand stamped and come back later in the day if you’d like. They have changing rooms and showers and lockers for valuables are 50 cents. They have a change machine if needed.

Pools are restricted according to age and swimming ability. Our family spent the day in the shallow pool letting the kids play volleyball. They did try the slides a few times but they quickly became disinterested in them.

Our children would have loved to have played in the activity pool, which is a pool with an obstacle course, or tried the rock climbing wall, but they’re required to pass a swim test to play in those areas and our kids weren’t experienced enough.

The swim test requires kids to swim an entire lap of the lap pool doing the breast stroke and half a lap doing the back stroke. The life guard told our 10-year old he didn’t keep his legs horizontal enough on the back stroke to pass. The life guard was nice about it and told him to go practice for 30-minutes and come back and try again, but our son was discouraged and didn’t want to. I understand the rules are there to keep everyone safe but with all the life guards on duty and all the pools being only 3-4 feet deep where most older kids can easily touch the bottom should they fall off the obstacle course or rock climbing wall their swim test requirement seems a little silly. Our kids do these same activities at our local water park in Texas, no swim test required, and have never had a problem. For the amount of money we paid it was disappointing to be be stuck in one area all day.

The adults in our group did briefly try out the hottest over-look pool and the kids did briefly join us in the mid-heat pool.

Overall we enjoyed ourselves and being in a pool surrounded by mountains is a neat experience, but for the price we wish we could have done more.

Thank Shari A
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We visited here after a long day off jeeping. It was very relaxing. I liked that they had different temperature pools to try out. They were beautiful!

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We were on a motorcycle trip and spent the night in Ouray. We walked down to the hot springs pool and enjoyed sitting in the warm water for awhile. There wasn't multiple pools with varying temperatures, only one pool was warm the other was cooler. It was before their opening summer season so not all the pools were open yet. The cost was reasonable. You need coins for lockers and showers.

1  Thank 219sherryd
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