Everything old is new again at Colorado’s hot springs, where recent expansions and upgrades have created fresh ways of savoring the Earth’s oldest bathtubs.
A change in ownership transformed humble Trimble Hot Springs into world-class Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa.
With an Olympic-size pool and two hot soaking tubs, century-old Trimble Hot Springs had long offered greater appeal for local families than traveling glitterati. But when that swimming pool fell into a state of disrepair in the winter of 2018-’19, a trio of investors offered to revive not just the pool but the entire property. “Our vision is to be a wellness facility that can compete on the national and global scene,” says Bryan Yearout, one of the purchasing partners. After executing a complete overhaul of the facilities, located eight miles north of Durango, the ownership team opened Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa in August 2020 with a swimming pool, four hot pools, and a promise that more was to come. Now, Year out and company’s grand vision is nearing completion. Boasting 40 soaking tubs (an adult soak is $39), plus a swimming pool, reflexology path, and rain tower—all complemented by a day spa, clubhouse, and an outdoor stage and amphitheater—Durango Hot Springs has broadened its appeal.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays in the warmer months, bands from the local music scene take to the stage. The tunes can be heard from each of the soaking options, most of which are adult-only and nestled among the hills or set amid gardens that make Durango Hot Springs look like a botanic park.
Further separating this steamy destination from others in the Centennial State and around the world, its source water contains very little sulfur, has 34 different minerals, and is enhanced by two technologies that are, so far, unique to Durango Hot Springs. One treatment infuses the spring water with nano-size oxygen bubbles that are tiny enough to be absorbed by the skin’s pores. (Oxygen rebuilds muscle and could even enhance your mood, with some advocates claiming it reduces stress and promotes sleep.) The other treatment changes the molecular structure of the water’s minerals, causing them to bind together so they remain in solution and feel soft, rather than sticky, on soakers’ skin.
Durango Hot Springs didn’t stop at fancy water, though. The wellness theme continues at the newly built spa, where a meditation garden offers bodywork clients an outdoor relaxation area in addition to an indoor lounge. Guests can opt to purchase the Trimble Day Club pass, a $150 option that provides access to a separate facility with a sun deck as well as private changing rooms and the opportunity to claim one of eight cedar soaking tubs. “We appeal to the whole spectrum of hot springs lovers,” Yearout says. “People who want solitude, people who like a social scene, and parents with kids. We have a way to please all of those guests.”
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