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Fringed by the majestic San Juan Mountain Range in Ridgway, Colorado, the southwestern-inspired Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa is named in honor of Chipeta, the wife of the great Ute Indian leader, Chief Ouray.

The Ute Indians settling the Uncompahgre Valley considered its mineral springs sacred and healing. Other tribes traveled for days to use these natural mineral waters for medicinal purposes.

Encouraging our boutique lodge’s guests to maintain health and wellness during their southwestern Colorado vacation, Chipeta Resort offers two solar heated thermal pools in our central outdoor courtyard.

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Chipeta’s tiled roman bath is set at 103F degrees, while a larger 16-foot by 60-foot lap pool is heated to 85F degrees. So after a day of mountain biking along the Ridgway Area Trails system or skiing at nearby Telluride Resort, you can return to Chipeta and revive in our soothing thermal pools.


Of five additional hot springs in the area, three are open to the public for day use. Among these are Ouray Hot Springs Pool, Wiesbaden Hotel Springs Spa and Orvis Hot Springs. The latter is home to seven pools ranging from 98F degrees to a steamy 114F in the “Lobster Pot.”

Surrounded on three sides by a redwood deck with views of 14,150-foot Mt. Sneffels, the 40-foot by 5-foot “Pond” is made of natural rocks and boulders. With a seasonal average of 100-106F degrees, hot natural spring water permeates the pool’s gravel bottom. Three indoor soaking areas also available at these Orvis springs that are primarily clothing optional.

Operating since 1927, Ouray Hot Springs is a one million-gallon sulfur free mineral pool that’s open year round. Surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests, this crystal-clear natural hot springs swimming pool features kid-friendly amenities like a diving area, large slide, water volleyball and shallow section for young swimmers.

Other amenities of the ADA-compliant hot springs include concessions, a lifeguard on duty, picnic area, playground, restaurant, showers and visitor center. Depending on the season, you can rent gear like ice skates, towels and float tubes.

Known for its peaceful atmosphere, casual elegance and European flair, the historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa features a continually flowing hot springs vapor cave with 108F degree soaking pool, outdoor swimming pool that averages 99-102F and the Lorelei private outdoor spa with soaking pool that’s secluded for private use. All Wiesbaden springs flow pure, and are free of chemicals and additives. In the winter, pools are heated by geothermal water.

When you’re booking your southwest Colorado vacation accommodations, check Chipeta Resort’s website for special packages that include visits to Ouray Hot Springs and Orvis Hot Springs. For example, our “Three Nights Three Springs” package includes days passes per person at both of these Ouray are thermal springs, a 50-minute massage per person at Chipeta Spa, and complimentary use of the thermal pools.

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa makes it easy to stay on the wellness track when you’re vacationing in this hot springs haven!


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