Unwind at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs

Joyful Journey Hot Springs

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.

Pack List

  • Multiple sleeping bags
  • Very cold, winter weather clothes
  • Hat or ear warmer
  • Towels
  • Sandals for walking to the pools
  • Food
  • A good book willing to get wet
  • Reservations
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Yoga
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Hot Springs
Scenic

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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.


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