Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Hot Springs in Colorado


One of the most boldly renovated spa resorts in recent years.

The mineral-rich water was alive and well.

 Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the few railroads in the United States with year-round steam locomotive service.

Durango-Silverton Railroad
Mike McBey - Durango-Silverton Railroad (2013) CC BY 2.0

The 45-mile route that began as a mining railroad and was left behind after the mine closed is a popular highlight of Durango tourism.

Remarkable renovation

Signboard 01

Durango Hot Springs is located next to the railroad track where the steam locomotives run.

Office 01

Prior to its change of ownership and renovation in 2019, this historic spot was known as Trimble Hot Springs.

Office 02

Soaking was by online appointment only, $39.00 for 2.5 hours when visiting.

Changing Room 01

I had been here before the renovation and was surprised to see that the former appearance of a good old pool had been transformed into a progressive and commercial atmosphere.

Locker 01

An automatic check-in machine for rental lockers located outside the men's and women's locker rooms.

Tower 01

The first thing that caught my attention in the outdoor area was a tower that resembled a mining machine.

Tower 02

It was designed to periodically pour down a large amount of thermal water, and the surrounding ground was colored with hot spring precipitates.

Lap Pool 01

The swimming pool, which can also be used by children, was redesigned with a gently curving design.

Lap Pool 02

Hot tubs were arranged so that parents could also enjoy the authentic water while monitoring their children frolicking in the pool.

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On the spacious lawn, the geothermal water overflowed from a one-person-sized tub.

The abundance of water was evident.

Old Pools Place 02

The area where the water cascaded down was an eating area lined with food carts.

In fact, this plaza is where the mineral pool used to be before the renovation.

Trimble Hot Springs 01

This is a photo from that time, and from that point on I was impressed with the quality of the bubbly water.

The Adult-only Area 01

The facility's predecessor, Trimble Hot Springs, was founded in 1882.

Pools 01

Settler Frank Trimble built a spa hotel to take advantage of the thermal water that were familiar to the Native American Ute people.

Waterflow 01

In bygone days, it appears to have had a railroad station adjacent to it, a saloon, a billiard room, and a dance hall.

Pools 02

In the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe stayed here to shoot a movie, and the place prospered, but it was destroyed by repeated fires.

Waterflow 02

For about 30 years, after the great fire of 1957, Trimble Hot Springs was forgotten.

Sunbeds 01

The facility, which has since come back to life, underwent a major renovation during the post-2019 Covid disaster, as mentioned earlier.

The most significant feature of the renovation was the 22 smaller pools that have been installed.

Those pools were clustered in the adults-only area facing the slope and used as if they were private pools available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Private Tub 01

Other areas, such as Japanese-inspired tubs, were still undergoing renovations and were not yet available.

Sauna 01

When too many things change in a brand new way, one is sure to feel a touch of loneliness.

Yin Yang Pool 01

However, the locomotive whistle that could be heard and the excellent water quality with metallic smell remained a memory.

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Durango (Trimble) Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Durango, Colorado, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 120 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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