Unwind at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs

Unwind at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs

Joyful Journey Hot Springs

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Yoga

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Hot Springs
Scenic

Remote Colorado hot springs completely surrounded by mountains in the San Luis Valley, the world's highest alpine valley. Beautiful mountain views and mineral rich waters purify and restore.

Joyful Journey hot springs offers the full hotel and spa treatment, but in a valley where most people live off the grid, we chose the more rugged experience.

The yurts gather together like penguins huddling not far from the springs. The wooden slates offer welcome relief from the frigid valley weather. The dogs snuggled into the yurt, and we bundled off to the hot springs.

The three pools range from 98 to 110 degrees. We walked quickly out into the sub-zero air and hopped into the warm waters. The full moon hung high in the sky, turning the San de Cristo Mountains silver in the night.

The hot water washes away the stress of life. We reluctantly dragged our bodies out of the water into the cold, before bundling up and returning to the Yurts.

This hot springs stands as a well established but isolated soak in a magnificent alpine valley. It is a nice addition or home base for adventures from skiing to the Great Sand Dunes.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

An oasis in the San Luis Valley

Joyful Journey is the perfect place to unwind after a weekend of camping, sandboarding, and mountain biking in the San Luis Valley! The three pools can hold about 10 people each comfortably. It wasn't too crowded even on a Saturday night over Easter weekend. Worth the $15 entry fee to relax sore tired muscles.

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Yoga

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Summit Kit Carson Peak

Adventure

Hike to Willow Lake, CO

Adventure

Backpack to Sand Creek Lakes

Adventure

Mountain Bike at Penitente Canyon

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

backpacking

Marmot 4-season Thor 3p Tent Review

Marmot recently gave me the opportunity to test out their 4-season tent during my latest travel t...

backpacking

Winter Camping Recipe: Fire Charred Eggplant Sabich

A throw-together Mediterranean platter style meal

how-to

The National Parks Are Open, But Please Take Your Adventure Elsewhere

Some national parks are open during the government shutdown, but as visitor abuses pile up, the b...

volunteering

Saving Our National Parks

How do we help?

More Stories