3 Exceptional Denver Summer Getaways
The Denver area offers exceptional vistas and scenic roadways that lure visitors from all over the country, but what about when residents crave a summer getaway? Here are a few weekend trips you can take from Denver without spending too much money on gas.
Bear Creek Lake Park
Bear Creek Lake Park is one of the Denver area’s hidden gems. In fact, most commuters drive right by the park off C-470 without realizing it’s even there. Bear Creek Lake Park is located in Morrison about 30 minutes southwest of central Denver. The park features a state-of-the-art visitors center with educational exhibits and hands-on public programs, a swim beach and marina with boat rentals, and a 47-site campground with electrical hookups.
The park also boasts a water ski school, fishing opportunities, horseback riding, barbecue grills, restrooms, shower facilities, and a playground. With so many amenities, your family can enjoy a full weekend in nature without sacrificing modern comforts. Camping fees are just $25 per night or $20 per night for annual pass holders. In addition to campsites, the park also features two yurts, three cabins, and one group site, all of which are available by reservation.
Yampah Spa & Salon
Located two and a half hours from Denver in Glenwood Springs, Yampah Spa & Salon is a relaxing, romantic getaway that’s comforted visitors for 120 years. The iconic Hot Springs Vapor Caves draw on the hot mineral waters to enhance the Day Spa and provide rejuvenating treatments for the weary. Best of all, the destination is the perfect complement to rigorous outdoor activities. In addition to steam baths, the spa also offers massages, facials, salon services, and herbal body treatments.
The Yampah Spa Vapor Caves are natural hot mineral water steam baths located underground in the historic mountain retreat. Hot mineral water flows at 125 degrees to create a geothermal steam bath. Enjoy the soothing minerals, dimly lit chambers, and stress-relieving atmosphere to soothe those aches and pains.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs offers naturally fed mineral pools at a constant 104 degrees. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, a tipi, and a heated cabin for changing, plus private areas for table massages. If you’re staying in Steamboat, you can even take a shuttle directly to the site.
To make the most of your hot springs adventure, plan on staying overnight in one of the park’s rustic cabins or campsites. Choose from an intimate cabin, a family-sized cabin, a converted covered wagon, or even a renovated train caboose! Cabins feature full kitchenettes, solar lighting, linens, and other necessities. Tent sites offer picnic tables and propane grills.
When visiting Strawberry Park Hot Springs, be sure to book a Watsu (aka water-shiatsu). This gentle, warm water massage is provided in a private heated pool to induce calming effects, improve flexibility, and lengthen the spine.
With so many great destinations nearby, there’s no reason not to leave Denver this weekend for a quick summer getaway. Start planning your next excursion to Strawberry Park Hot Springs today, or even check out our hiking guide for additional fun.