Buena Vista, Colorado is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains on the same plain as Colorado Springs. However, Buena Vista is farther west than Colorado Springs. As a deep mountain area Buena Vista is the perfect place to find hot springs, as shown by the Mount Princeton Hot Springs facility. The facility offers a chance to enjoy the hot springs, a meal, and relaxation. There are also a number of activities like hiking that can be done.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs has been captured in a pool and spa facility. The water is poured in from the spring where the water is always 100 degrees in the soaking pool. There is also a lap pool and slide for the children to enjoy. The Lap pool is kept at 90 degrees F. If that is too hot there is the 300 foot water slide that empties into a pool of 75 degrees F. This pool is on the upper deck of the hot springs structures. Visitors are able to relax in lounge chairs during the summer or stay in the pools.
The trip is not complete without taking advantage of the spa amenities offered. The spa is separate from the pools where one can relax for massages and other medicinal treatments. There are even salt scrubs and deep tissue massages offered by trained professionals.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs facilities offer accommodations. One can choose poolside or cliffside rooms. The cliffside rooms are convenient for the conference center, back porches, and views of the Colorado Rockies. Poolside gets you closer to the hot springs, as well as the views of the mountain. The lodge is most convenient for the historic spa area and the two Olympic pools. There are also 30 natural creek pools surrounding the lodge. For visitors looking for a longer more comfortable stay there are cabins.
The cabins are close to the main lodge and fit up to eight people. Meals can be cooked in the kitchens in the cabins or one can enjoy the lodge restaurant. The cabins are all rustic in style built of wood, with wood and wicker furniture to complement them.
In the winter the lodge and other rooms are open. The springs stay open year round due to the heat of the water. Many come to Buena Vista for the downhill and cross country tracks, then head to Mount Princeton Hot Springs to soak out their aches and pains from the long day out in the snow. In winter one can sit in the pools and watch the steam rise, even as snow falls down on one's head. It is a magical experience. Stables are also nearby for horseback riding in winter and summer. There are pack trips in summer.
Mountain biking, hiking, and off-roading trails are also available for guests. No matter what visitors enjoy there is something outside to do every day. The numerous trails enhance the experience, especially when hiking towards Agnes Vaille Falls. Maps are available for the trekking options.