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Old Town Hot Springs is an historic hot spring and family-friendly recreational facility in the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We have been a location for recreation and rejuvenation in this community since its beginnings. The hot mineral spring pools have been here in one form or another for over 100 years. The Ute Indians who first settled the area knew them as “medicine” springs, frequenting them for sacred physical and spiritual healing. Later the pools were likely a gathering and bathing place for the first homesteaders. We are lucky to have the famous Heart Spring, the source of all the healing mineral water in our eight pools. It pumps approximately 220 gallons per minute and comes out of the ground like an artesian well, thus naturally without the use of man-made pumps. The water then runs into an overflow system filling each of the pools on the property.

Timeline

OTHS History

1884
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Pre 1885

Pre 1885

The Yampatika Ute people inhabited the Yampa valley and frequented the “medicine” springs for sacred physical and spiritual healing.

1885
July 12

1885

The first log structure at Old Town Hot Springs built in 1885.

The City’s founder, James Crawford, discovered the spring and called it the “Bath Spring”. The first log structure was built in 1885 but was then boarded over and a newer frame building was constructed in 1887.

1909
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1909

The Bath House, now known as Old Town Hot Springs in 1909.

$50,000 was invested to build the new bath house and the outdoor swimming pool was completed in 1910.

1914
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1914

View of pool and main street of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1914.

The view of Lincoln Ave. from the original 1909 pool.

1920
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1920

Indoor Pool of original Old Town Hot Springs in 1920.

The indoor bath house.

1931
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1931

Photo of heart shaped springs and covered indoor pool in 1931.

H.W. Gossard surrounded the Bath Spring with a stone wall in the shape of a heart and renamed it the Heart Spring. He named the development around the Heart Spring The Rocky Mountain Miriquelle Spa with the plan to bottle the mineral water as a health product. Then the Great Depression hit.

1935
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1935

Large crowd of people sitting on the edge of the warm springs at Old Town Hot Springs in 1935.

Gossard returned control of the hot springs to the Steamboat Springs Town Company, who sold it to the newly formed non-profit corporation, Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association SSHRA. SSHRA also owned the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

1940
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1940’s

Man skiing off of snowy hillside into a warm pool of water at the Old Town Hot Springs in 1940.

Marvin Crawford skiing into hot springs pool. According to “The History of Skiing at Steamboat Springs,” the hill behind the pool hosted “snowaqua” skiing in the 1940s.

1956
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1956

Elk taking a snowy swim in the early morning hours in 1956.

A friend took a morning dip in the pool.

1968
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1968

Women on the high dive in a photo of the pool from 1968.

The city condemned the 1909 bathhouse and indoor pools for health reasons so a new facility was built and the outdoor pool was remodeled with the same footprint as the original 1909 pool. The first lifetime memberships were created to help finance some of the construction.

1981
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1981

Construction of waterslide in 1981.

The first water slide was constructed on the hill next to the pools. In the same year, SSHRA sold the Strawberry Park Hot Springs to Chicago-based businessman Don Johnson.

1983
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1983

Women waves to the camera in 1983 with building being built in front of the pool.

A 7000 sq. ft. building with locker rooms, offices, an exercise room, and a second floor deck replaced the bath house building that was built in 1968.

1988
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1988

From from 1988 of women coming out to water slide and people enjoying the pools.

The Heart Spring was renovated.

1991
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1991

Inside the lobby of Old Town Hot Springs in 1991.

In 1991, the building was renovated to include additional exercise space and a new lobby.

2001
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2001

View of the outdoor pool from 2001.

The divider between the lap pool and shallow pool was installed, with several other renovations.

2002
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2002

Old tennis courts and heart shaped pool.

The tennis courts were removed from the current upper parking lot, making room for 55 additional parking spaced and rebuilt on newly purchased land of Fish Creek Falls Road. In 2017, those tennis courts were remove to provide additional parking spaces.

2006
July 1

2006

Old Town Hot Springs Logo.

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

2008
July 1

2008

Aerial exterior view of pool at Old Town Hot Springs.

The hot spring pool was renovated to include five new pools, new water slides, an aquatic climbing wall, and more natural-looking construction/landscaping.

2019
July 4

2019

Exterior photo of Old Town Hot Springs on a blue bird day.

The facility building was renovated to add 15,000 additional sq. ft., a state-of-the-art gym, indoor climbing wall, massage suites, and a community room.