Valley Soaking: Hotsprings & More

When planning your trip to Alamosa, you cannot forget to include a stop into one of- or all of the beautiful hot springs locations nearby. Each location offers a different experience and hosts options great for the entire family. So what are you waiting for? Continue reading below to learn about the best soaking facilities all within an hour drive of Alamosa.



Joyful Journey 

This beautiful oasis gives striking views of the mountains while you soak the day away in one of their 3 pools or one of their two jacuzzi tubs, year-round. The 98 degree pool is the best option for those with a low heat tolerance, the 104 degree pool is the perfect middle ground, and the 108 degree pool is for those who like a hot soak and is recommended for those with back, joint, or muscle pain. The jacuzzi tubs both sit at 104 degrees. Aside from the amazing soaking options, this location also hosts a spa menu that sets it apart from other soaking facilities in the area.

Is one day here not quiet enough? Extend your stay and enjoy several different lodging options on site! Offering The Lodge, The Casita, Yurts, Tipis, and RV or Camp sites, plenty of options to choose from to suit your taste! Visit their website to explore all of the options and browse all of the ways to enjoy this location.

As you plan for this location, do keep in mind that kids under the age of 5 are not allowed in the pools, however, they offer a “baby pool” that can be filled with water out of the springs for your little one. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the pools.  

Visit their website today to explore loading, activities and spa treatments and browse all of the different ways to enjoy this location.

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Sand Dunes Recreation and the Green House 

This facility has been a local staple and a visitors must in the area for more than 20 years. Hot water was struck by oil drillers in the early 1930’s and used recreationally by locals as an unofficial pool location, known by locals as the “Hooper Pool” until 1978. The facility was not developed into the facility known as “Sand Dunes Recreation” until August of 1995. Between 1978 and 1995, the pool was used to raise catfish for a time before sitting empty and unused for roughly 10 years. In the summer of 1995, Sand Dunes Recreation was born. Early visitors to the location swam in a dirt covered board pool until later renovations included cement floors, mimicking what it looks like today. 

Since then, it has turned into a location that draws visitors from all over the country with their beautiful location and pristine geothermal waters! Open 6 days a week (closed Thursdays for cleaning, weekly) and operating year-round, making any season the best time to visit. What can you look forward to when visiting this family friendly oasis? Starting with the main part of the facility housing a 50x100 family pool, a baby pool perfect for your little ones, and a 25 person therapy pool. The family and baby pool sit at a comfortable 98 degrees while the therapy pool sits between 105-107 degrees. One cannot forget about the 24 foot water slide that leads to a small stone pool and runs directly into the sandy creek! Perfect for the kids to play, catch minnows, and have an experience they won’t soon forget. Feed the entire family on site at the Mile Deep Grille and explore the gift shop for swimsuits, jewelry, and various water toy rentals! Did you bring your own lunch and need a place to cook and enjoy it? Find picnic tables and charcoal grills in the grassy area next to the family pool. After lunch, enjoy a nice game of volleyball or basketball on one of the courts also located by the grassy area of the facility. 

Are you on an all adult trip or are your kiddos 21 and older? The Greenhouse at Sand Dunes Recreation is perfect for you. This 21 and up location brings a new definition to a tropical oasis-practically in the middle of nowhere. Take in 10,000 square feet of tropical plants surrounding 4 pools ranging from 98-111 degrees. Unwind in the sauna or enjoy delicious upscale small plate meals from the Steel Box Bar in this breathtaking all adult atmosphere. 

Play for the day or stay for a few days as the facility offers on site lodging including cabins, glamping cabins, and RV or tent campsites! 

The fun to be had at this location is endless. Plan your visit today and get the entire family excited to visit the area and enjoy a memorable family vacation! 

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Splash the day away at this family friendly location! This location is the closest to Alamosa found just one mile north of town making it the ideal location for a swim without having to venture too far from homebase! Bringing smiles to the area since 1955 and maintaining its welcoming atmosphere ever since, Splashland is a locals favorite to help beat the heat on a warm summer day. Renovated to include a concession stand, one can enjoy their day without having to leave for lunch! Dive into 88-96 degree waters off of the diving board or better yet, slide into the cool waters on one of three water slides available.

This facility is also an amazing place to keep in shape or rehabilitate an injury as they offer water aerobic classes and water therapy options. Does your little one-or anyone for that matter need to learn how to swim? Sign up for lessons today including basic lessons and even a parent-tot swim class! As you plan, do keep in mind that the facility operates seasonally. They are generally open early May through early October, weather depending! Be sure to call in the later months to check their hours of operation toward the end of the season!  Visit their website to learn more about this hot springs destination and be sure to plan Spashland into your itinerary for your visit! 



Alamosa and its neighboring towns offer amazing soaking opportunities that we know you and the entire family are sure to love! Though these are the closest hot springs facilities to Alamosa, we encourage you to branch out and explore all of the soaking options offered across the San Luis Valley! From all of us here at Visit Alamosa, happy hot springs hopping! 

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