the now

Original Spa Resort

Steamboat Springs received its name from fur trappers in the 1860s who discovered a spring by
the Yampa River that sounded like a steamboat. There are approximately 150 mineral springs in
the area. Old Town Hot Springs has provided residents and visitors of Steamboat Springs a
natural spa retreat for over 100 years. It has operated as a non-profit organization since 1935.

At a glance...

Members 4,000
Annual Visitors 60,000
Water Volume 250-300 gallons per minute
Temperatures 80-104 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7-40 degrees Celsius)
Indoor space 19,000 square feet
Outdoor space 41,200 square feet
Water 15,165 square feet
Number of pools 8
Water slides 2, 230-foot slides

Daily Admission

Pools Adult $15, Teen/Senior $10, Youth (ages 3-12) $7
All facility (pools & fitness) $18 for adults; Exercise classes $12 each

Other Amenities

•  Child Care

•  Yoga & other fitness classes, exercise equipment, massage

•   Exercise equipment

Hours of operation

Mon-Fri - 5:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
Slide open daily Summer : Noon - 6:00 p.m. Winter : 4:00-8:00 p.m.

More Fun

•  $5 million in capital improvements in 2009 to enhance the guest experience

•  New 3,000 square foot hot pool

•  Aquatic climbing wall

•  Two new 230-foot water slides

•  New 240 square foot spa

•  New 200 square foot spa

•  Refurbished Heart Spring pool

•  New pool overlook deck

•  New glass enclosed slide tower

•  Remodeled lobby

•  New cardio room overlooking pools


Heart Spring 400 square feet 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8-40 degrees Celsius)
Big Hot Pool 3000 square feet 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8-40 degrees Celsius)
Big Spa 240 square feet 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8-40 degrees Celsius)
Little Spa (summer 2008) 200 square feet 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8-40 degrees Celsius)
Plunge Pool 675 square feet 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius)
Lap Pool 6,750 square feet 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 degrees Celsius)
Shallow Pool (summer only) 3000 square feet 89 degrees Fahrenheit (31.7 degrees Celsius)
Kiddie Pool (summer only) 900 square feet 89 degrees Fahrenheit (31.7 degrees Celsius)


•  The Ute indians who summered in the Yampa Valley area thought the natural mineral springs had healing powers.

•  The city’s founder, James Crawford, discovered the (Heart) spring not long after he moved to the area in 1875.

•  As the town settled, the spring became a popular bathing spot. The spring was then called the “Bath Spring.”

•  The first employee, hired as a caretaker to furnish fresh towels and soap for bathers was hired in 1884.

•  In 1887 an A-frame building was constructed as the first bath house.

•  Crawford would discover that there were 150 springs in the area, the Bath Spring being one of the hottest at 103 degrees.

•   Another about 6 miles north of town was 154 degrees. This later became known as Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

•  In 1909 $50,000 was invested to build a new 84 x 100 square foot bath house of native stone and an outdoor pool.

•  An indoor pool was built in 1910.

•  From 1931-1935 local retired businessman, H.W. Gossard, who renovated many of the town’s springs, surrounded the Bath

Spring with a rock wall in the shape of a heart and re-named it the Heart Spring (1931). He also named the development around the spring the Rocky Mountain Miriquelle Spa.

•  In 1935 Gossard returned control of the hot springs to the Town Company and a non-profit corporation, Steamboat Springs Health & Recreation Association (SSHRA) was established to run the Heart Spring complex as well as Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

•  In 1968 the indoor pool was removed and the outdoor pool was remodeled. New locker rooms were added.

•  In 1981 SSHRA sold the Strawberry Park Hot Springs to Chicago-based businessman Don Johnson for $195,000.

•  In 2006 SSHRA adopted the business trade name “Old Town Hot Springs.”

•  Spring 2007, Old Town Hot Springs broke ground on the present $5 million improvement plan.

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