A Hot Girlfriends Getaway 16

Shake off the Cold Winter with a Ladies-only Road Trip to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, a Three-hour Drive Away

May is here, and it’s time to rejuvenate the soul with a girls getaway weekend. Lucky you, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs—and a long soak—is only a three-hour drive away from Parker. 

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs is a historic bathhouse and resort tucked into the Collegiate Peaks range in Chafee County. The hot springs attraction here is still somewhat of a rustic experience, where you can walk down to Chalk Creek to sit in natural bubbling pools on the river’s edge. Make this weekend all about soaking your cares away. 

Sure, if you care, bring the boots for a hike in ghost town St. Elmo, just up the road from the resort. But save the gold medal fishing, river rafting, mountain bike riding or summiting one of the 14ers for later in the summer, and make this weekend all about relaxing with the ladies. Soak in the hot springs; have a spa day; and explore nearby Salida with shopping, eating and drinking craft beers or Colorado-made wine.

Stay

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort

15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236 | 719.395.2447 | @mountprinceton

At an elevation of 8,250 feet, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort offers hotel rooms and cabins for rent as well as a full-service spa for pampering. You’ll also have access to the Historic Bath House next door.

Eat

Amicas Pizza

127 F St., Salida, CO 81201 | 719.539.5219 | @amicaspizza

When you get out to explore during the day, don’t miss Amicas Pizza in Salida for fire-roasted pies and Soulcraft Brewing beers. And don’t leave without a bottle of Amica’s Hot Oil to pour on just about everything at home.

Shop

Opal Boutique

128 F St., Salida, CO 81201 | 719.539.2515 | @opalboutiquesalida

Now that you’ve found downtown for lunch, stick around a while for the quaint shopping in the heart of Salida. Wander into Opal Boutique for eclectic mountain town duds including western embroidered shirts, chic trucker hats and funky jewelry.

Drink

Vino Salida Wine Cellars

10495 County Road 120, Poncha Springs, CO 81242 | 719.539.6299 | @vinosalidawinecellars

Step into Vino Salida Wine Cellars in nearby Poncha Springs for a tasting of handcrafted Colorado wines and mead, and hang out on the porch to enjoy the view. Vino Salida fills its calendar with live music from local artists.

Do

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Historic Bath House

15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236 | 719.395.2447 | @mountprinceton

Make your way back to Mt. Princeton for soak time at the Historic Bath House with two large hot spring-fed pools, lockers and showers. And the best part: Walking down to Chalk Creek to sit in the natural hot pools.