Everything You Need To Know

Ouray Hot Springs

One of the best parts of visiting the “Switzerland of America ” known as Ouray, Colorado is gaining access to its historic hot springs. Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs has been operating these geothermal pools since 1913, when Bessie and Richard Cougar opened Cougar Sanitarium at this property. These springs, along with several other hot springs spots in Ouray, offer a space to relax and warm up even when the surrounding San Juan mountains are covered in snow.

The Twin Peaks Hot Springs houses nine hot springs tubs, all of which are geothermally heated. Our facility is also family-friendly and available to our guests from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm 7 days per week.

Relax and Recharge

As you relax in the Twin Peaks Lodge Hot Springs, you may discover new energy thanks to the tranquility and rejuvenation the water provides.

Like most other naturally-occurring hot springs in Western Colorado, geothermal heat keeps our pools extra warm all year round. These natural hot springs come out of the ground at a scorching 156 degrees Fahrenheit, and each of our nine soaking tubs maintain average temperatures between 100 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This warmth naturally cues your body to relax so you can sit back and recharge during a restful soak.

Relax Your Body

The heat from the water cues your body that it’s time to relax. It increases blood flow, loosens muscles, and takes pressure off your joints so you can truly let go and unwind.

Unplug Your Mind

Your daily life is probably fast-paced and filled with stress. The hot springs at Twin Peaks Lodge are a natural way for you to unplug from that and take care of yourself. Your mental health will get an instant boost when you’re in the water.

Enjoy Restful Slumber

As your body adjusts from the heat of the hot springs to the cooler air from outside, your body will receive natural sleep cues. As you crawl into one of our comfy beds, you will experience restful sleep and wake up rejuvenated.

It’s All About The Minerals

The geothermal waters of our natural hot springs include several naturally occurring minerals that offer healing elements for your body. No chemicals of any kind are added to the natural mineral waters. Our flow-through system, with water constantly entering and exiting the pools, keeps the pools fresh by completely exchanging the water every few hours. We also empty the pools regularly, and scrub them weekly.

Our mineral springs have a low sulfur content, giving a fresher, cleaner smell to the water than what is found in other mineral springs. They also contain over a dozen different natural minerals. These minerals can promote healthy skin, lower blood pressure, relax your muscles, and strengthen bones.

The Minerals in Twin Peaks Hot Springs


Barium can help balance your gastrointestinal tract and promote gut health. Although you should never consume too much of it, soaking in the hot springs is a great way to absorb this mineral.


Bicarbonate offers many healing properties for your body. Most notably, it’s a great exfoliant for your skin. It can also help with indigestion, although we don’t recommend drinking water from the hot springs.


Boron has been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties. Experts say it can help individuals with joint pain, including arthritis. Boron is also known for balancing out hormones for men and women.


Calcium is important for your bones. It also helps with hormone and enzyme production as well as nerve and muscle function. Your body will naturally absorb calcium from the water.


Chloride is an essential electrolyte and mineral that plays various roles in the body’s normal functioning. Some notable benefits include electrolyte balance and fluid balance.


As you may already know, fluoride promotes hardness and stability of bones and teeth. It can also help protect against bone decay, both with your teeth and other bones in your body.


Iron is essential for your health. Some things iron does for you include: boost hemoglobin formation, prevent anemia, increase brain function and immune responses, and regulating your body temperature.


Lithium can serve as a “natural mood booster” and memory aid. You may find that some time in the Twin Peaks Lodge Hot Springs makes you feel happier, lighter, and able to think more clearly.


Magnesium helps nerves and muscles function properly. Soaking in our hot springs can relieve tension, enhance your skin, and further boost your body’s calcium absorption.


Manganese is another mineral that is great for your bones. In fact, it has been shown to prevent osteoporosis. Manganese can also help fight off fatigue and help your body feel energized.


Nitrate naturally occurs in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat. It is great for cardiovascular health, and it is a wonderful natural antioxidant. It can also help with memory retention.


Phosphate is important for our cells and their structure. Phosphate levels can keep bones strong. It can also boost brain health and functionality.


Potassium is important for our bodies because it normalizes our heart rhythm. It can also prevent muscle cramps, support muscle growth, and moderate stress.


You may not have heard of selenium, but it supports metabolism, immune response, and thyroid function. It can help against cell damage and infections.


By soaking in the hot springs, the sulfate in the water will help detoxify the body. Sulfate also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with muscle pain.


Zinc is great for your skin. In fact, it can help heal wounds and promote healthy skin growth. Zinc can also serve as a digestive aid for those with GI issues.

Hot Springs Access

The Twin Peaks Lodge Hot Springs are open daily from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm and exclusively for Twin Peaks hotel guests daily from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. At Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs, you can spend the entire day relaxing in the tranquil geothermal pools or wash away your exciting day of exploring the San Juan Mountains with an evening soak.

Although our hot springs and pools are always family friendly, we do have areas reserved for adult-only access.

Stay for the Week or Spend a Day in our Geothermal Hot Springs

Here at Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs, we know that the majority of our guests come stay with us because they want to take advantage of our natural hot springs. Guest access to the geothermal pools comes as one of many amenities for lodging with us.

Ready to see what our hot springs have to offer? Make a reservation at Twin Peaks Lodge today.

If you are camping or just passing through Ouray for a short time, you can also come to our front desk and purchase day passes to the hot springs.