Just 15 minutes east of Cañon City, you’ll discover Dakota Hot Springs, which offers a 70-foot long, artesian hot-water fed pool that averages 95-98 degrees Fahrenheit and a smaller, 6-foot round, soaking tub kept hotter at about 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tucked in Colorado’s banana belt, this part of Colorado experiences mild weather year-round, making every day the perfect day for a soak.

Dakota Hot Springs’ pool water is continually changed by the natural artesian flow of the well source. The water contains therapeutic salts, soda, and calcium. Most importantly, the water does not contain any measurable sulfur or iron, so it has no sulfurous (rotten egg) smell.

Dakota Hot Springs is not a nudist facility but is comparable to a “swimsuit optional” or “clothing optional” beach. The means you may wear a suit or not, as is comfortable and personally acceptable. Please note that on Tuesdays, swimsuits are required.

Bring food and enjoy it under the sun deck. There are BBQ grills available for guest use. The closest town with lodging is Penrose and Cañon City is close by. There are campsites at Dakota Hot Springs. RVs and tents are welcome, but there are no hook-ups.

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