About Hot Sulphur Springs
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, is a community of about 700 people located in Grand County at an elevation of 7,680 feet. Residents enjoy ready access to Winter Park Ski Resort, Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. Denver is about a two-hour drive to the southeast via U.S. 40 and Interstate 70.
History of Hot Sulphur Springs
The area’s hot springs have attracted people for hundreds of years. Native Americans sought out the springs for medicinal purposes. William Newton Byers came upon the hot springs in 1840. Byers is primarily known as the founder of the Rocky Mountain News. Decades later, Byers attempted to develop a world-class resort at the site. The first pool house opened at the turn of the century. The original Byers family cabin remains to this day along Highway 40.
Hot Sulphur Springs hosted an annual winter carnival in beginning in 1911. Upon completion of the Moffatt Tunnel, the railroad arrived in 1928. In 1997, a renovated resort opened following a blessing of the waters by the Ute tribal spiritual leader.
Parks and Recreation
Many of Colorado’s best ski resorts are an easy drive away, including Breckenridge and Keystone to the south and Steamboat Springs to the northwest. Winter Park Resort is only a half-hour to the west of Hot Sulphur Springs. One lift ticket allows you access to three alpine ski areas – Winter Park, Vasquez Ridge and Parsenn Bowl. Of the 143 runs, 55-percent are rated “expert.” An average of 370 inches of annual snowfall typically extends the ski season well into April. In the summer, the lifts at Winter Park serve mountain bikers.
In the summer, Grand Lake is a great destination that lies only a half-hour to the northeast. It is the largest natural lake in the state. In the summer, boaters and kayakers will often notice moose in the shallows with the great peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park looming in the distance. The many coves of the 7,000-acre Lake Granby offer anglers endless places to cast their lures. In the deeper water, large Lake Trout are much sought after. Some trout get very large due to a requirement that anglers release all fish between 26-in and 36-in in length. In 2015, a huge 46-inch Lake Trout was caught and released.
From Grand Lake, it is possible to take the world-famous Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. It is the highest paved road on the continent, and it usually opens in early to mid-June. Enjoy elk bugling in-season, photograph wild flowers above tree line or hike to the headwaters of the Colorado River or to Lulu City, a ghost town. Hook up with an outfitter in Grand Lake and go horseback riding in the western reaches of the park
Pioneer Park is a municipal park in Hot Sulphur Springs that is situated right along the Colorado River. It offers about 20 campsites and fine trout fishing opportunities. Disc golfers appreciate the scenic 18-hole layout at Pioneer Park that offers a stimulating mix of tight and open holes.
Attractions and Activities
Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa is a key attraction. The precision with which the hot springs flow is remarkable. Water is heated by volcanic rock many miles below the Earth’s surface. Fissures in the Earth’s crust allow the mineral-rich water to emerge at the surface. In Hot Sulphur Springs, seven naturally occurring springs deliver about 200,000 gallons of water to 21 pools every day. The water flows up from deep within the earth at a temperature of 104-degrees F to 126-degrees F. Bathers enter chemical-free, temperature-controlled pools and baths with water at 95-degrees F to 112-degrees F. Many visitors report that their skin feels softer after a visit.
A visit to Pioneer Village Museum offers locals and visitors alike an opportunity to get in touch with the rich history of the area, including a history of the Colorado ski industry and of the ranching lifestyle so popular long ago. There are also artifacts dating back over eight millennia. While you’re there, check out the Spreader, a vintage railroad snowplow.
Hot Sulphur Springs Real Estate
Those relocating or considering a second home in the area will find a selection of homes in town and across the surrounding countryside. Many properties offer great views and acreage. Select from newer 2-4 bedroom ranch-style homes, many with 1,300 to 2,600 sq-ft of living space. There’s also the occasional estate-size residence for sale. Some of these larger home will have four or five bedrooms and more than 4,000 sq-ft of living space. Those interested in building in the Hot Sulphur Springs area will find lots and vacant land for sale that would be perfect for that dream home.
Hot Sulphur Springs simultaneously provides residents life in Colorado’s wide open spaces, along with access to popular ski resorts and Rocky Mountain National Park. The arts, culture and entertainment of metropolitan Denver are only a couple of hours away.
To learn more about the recreational and other opportunities in the Hot Sulphur Springs area, please contact Amber Lemon.