Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa in Colorado’s San Luis Valley is a deeply spiritual place with powerful connections to nature. Its lithium-rich waters, hands-on healing therapies and unique accommodations are just some of the qualities that render this geothermal location a top choice for an impromptu wellness retreat.
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains dominate the scenic backdrop at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa. According to lore, the area is infused with sacred, mystical energy. Native American tribes were said to have laid down their weapons in favor of a peaceful soak in the natural thermal waters found in this tranquil spot.
Today, that sense of serenity still pervades these hot springs in southwestern Colorado. Three soaking pools are the main attraction. The water is high in lithium, a mineral reputed to impart soakers with feelings of joy, happiness and calm. It is also chemical and odor free. Reaching the surface at 140°F (60°C), the spring water is “tempered,” or allowed, to cool down naturally for a pure soaking experience. The pools range from 98-108°F (37-42°C). They are drained and cleaned nightly, ready for overnight guests to soak again as early as 7:30 a.m. For an au-naturel experience, Wednesday evenings are clothing optional, but only in the hot pool.
What makes Joyful Journey Hot Springs an ideal destination for a personal wellness retreat is all the other amenities available, many of which are included with an overnight stay. In addition to soaking, overnight guests are privy to perks like breakfast and a light evening meal, using organic, local ingredients, and homecooked breakfasts and evening meals of soup and salad, often made with flavorful herbs harvested from the on-site greenhouse; gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Weekend overnight guests may also participate in complimentary activities like yoga and qi gong sessions.
Further enhancing the wellness atmosphere of Joyful Journey Hot Springs are the areas for quiet contemplation. They include an 11-unit stone labyrinth for practicing mindfulness. Nearby Meditation Hill features benches facing the four directions; with 360° views it’s a perfect place for sunset viewing. The resort’s remote location ensures a dark night sky with awe-inspiring opportunities for stargazing.
No wellness retreat would be complete without some spa time. Joyful Journey’s experienced massage therapists and are known for their exceptional skill and intuitive qualities. Favorite spa treatments include the spa specials, body wraps and scrubs, as well as facial services.
Among its many unique attributes, Joyful Journey offers guests diverse accommodations—all with an authentic Colorado feel. Lodge rooms are comfy and TV-free for an unplugged experience. Tipis with sleeping cots are available during the warmer months, while yurts are fully furnished and heated. For campers, there are RV sites with hookups and spacious tent sites to choose from as well.
To round out a personal retreat, take a day trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park, Monarch Ski Area, the spiritual centers of Crestone or climb one of the area’s 14,000-foot peaks.
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