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.
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.
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, 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.
Unusually structured hot tub area
The room at the Box Canyon Lodge was spacious and comfortable to sleep in.
The room was equipped with a microwave and refrigerator, necessities for a money-saving trip.
The soaking area was located on the opposite side of the parking lot, across from the lodging building, facing the slope of the mountain.
Soaking hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
At other times, the entrance door was locked.
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.
The slope by the boardwalk was reddish brown.
It was one of the sources on the property.
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.
The water that seemed to contain a lot of iron from the looks of it had a temperature of 131 degrees F.
Clothing is required in all hot tub areas.
The bottom two tubs were located close to the lodging building.
The tubs, constructed of cedar wood in a circular shape, were large enough to hold three people.
Because of their small size, they were used as private tubs on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The boardwalk continued further up.
No tubs on the top level.
Instead, a swing was placed with a spectacular view.