In this installment of our ongoing series of features on roadside attractions in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico we stop off at the lovely Valley View Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley. True to its name, the series of mostly warm pools (with the exception of the small round hot tub next to the swimming pool) connected by hiking trails and scattered among the glades high on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountains is a perfect camping spot for families with children of any age who are comfortable with the low-key clothing-optional atmosphere. Even when it’s busy and it’s various camp sites and cabins are full, you’ll rarely feel crowded in any of the natural pools. There’s also great birding, plenty of wild life (deer frequently approach the pools), and at night in the summer fireflies streak around the pools. Though it’s a bit pricey for a day trip, staying a night or two makes the drive from the Front Range well worth it.

Music in this slide show is “Water” by Chenard Walcker:

 

7 Responses to A Day in the Life at Valley View Hot Springs

  1. One of My all time favorite places !!!

  2. Mike Procell says:

    Thanks Noel, now everybody knows about my little private piece of paradise!

  3. suesun says:

    Gorgeous photos! Those fireflies were AMAZING!

  4. Ah, this was lovely. Thank you so much.

  5. Adrian O'Leary says:

    Noel, Adrian from Hooked On Books here. I’ve been going to Valley View since 1997. My slice of heaven on Earth. Been taking my family down there too at least once a year. Glad you could experience it too, nice article, great photos.

  6. Louise says:

    Another bonus to Valley View is the nearby, accessible by trail, abandoned Orient Mine with a huge outflight of Mexican Freetail bats every evening in the summer.

  7. Jeremy says:

    I will be in those pools soon! Thanks, Noel and Sue!!

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