Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs (Ouray) - Hot Springs in Colorado


A hot springs hotel located on the outskirts of the town of Ouray, Colorado.

The group of tubs, which have a good view from different elevations, is worth a visit.


The hot tub area was renovated in 2022 and may not look the same as it does today.

Box Canyon Falls Park

If you ever visit Ouray, which is famous for its off-road driving and ice climbing, you will want to stay at a hot spring hotel.

Overview 01

Box Canyon Lodge is the next hotel to Twin Peaks Lodge and is located on the southwest edge of the town of Ouray.

Box Canyon Falls Park 01

Box Canyon, from which it takes its name, is a scenic spot that can be reached by an easy hike from the back.

Box Canyon Falls Park is a former mining site that offers unique views of the slot canyon.

Simon Foot - Box Canyon Falls - Ouray. Colorado (2017) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Unusually structured hot tub area

The room at the Box Canyon Lodge was spacious and comfortable to sleep in.

Room 01

The room was equipped with a microwave and refrigerator, necessities for a money-saving trip.

Room 02

The soaking area was located on the opposite side of the parking lot, across from the lodging building, facing the slope of the mountain.

Steps 01

Soaking hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

At other times, the entrance door was locked.

Lower Tubs 02

A boardwalk was set up on a slope at the back of the sauna, with four tubs in the middle of the boardwalk, an unusual structure.

Sauna 01

The slope by the boardwalk was reddish brown.

It was one of the sources on the property.

Source 01

According to the information board, the hot springs, once used by Native Americans (Utes), were used in the 1920s for sanatoriums for rheumatism and other patients.

The hotel seemed to have been established in 1959.

Source 02

The water that seemed to contain a lot of iron from the looks of it had a temperature of 131 degrees F.

Steps 02

Clothing is required in all hot tub areas.

Lower Tubs 03

The bottom two tubs were located close to the lodging building.

Upper Tubs 03

The tubs, constructed of cedar wood in a circular shape, were large enough to hold three people.

Steps 03

Because of their small size, they were used as private tubs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upper Tubs 04

The other two tubs were located in the middle of the boardwalk.

The tubs were covered with metal plates for heat retention and could be removed freely only when soaking.

Upper Tubs 01

The view was excellent because of its height from the ground.

The fence was equipped with Jacuzzi switches to feed the air according to preference.

Switch 01

The quality of the water was not to my satisfaction.

I did not detect the same metallic smell as in the source we had just observed or in the adjacent Twin Peaks Lodge.

Upper Tubs 02

I had the impression that the characteristics of the mineral spring were diminished, perhaps because the water was circulated to maintain the proper temperature of around 109 degrees F.

What is this bubbling?
That's kind of weird.
Upper Deck 02

The boardwalk continued further up.

Upper Deck 01

No tubs on the top level.

Instead, a swing was placed with a spectacular view.


Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray, Colorado, U.S.

My rating

Type: Lodging

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Up to 131 degrees F

Official website

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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