5 natural hot springs for cool winter escapes

Last one in the pool’s a frozen egg! Make your family’s winter full of natural wonder by dipping into our guide exploring North America’s top five geothermal hot springs spots. Just think, this way you can take in all the season’s snowy scenery while also taking these delightfully warm waters.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, CO

Mere minutes from downtown Steamboat, the springs in Strawberry Park make for an easy group excursion after active, adrenaline-fueled days ruling the slopes. Enter the R&R phase of your family’s next winter adventure by absorbing the naturally occurring minerals found in these restorative waters.

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Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks, AK

It’s a twofer! Get all the benefits of these warm mineral-packed waters outside Fairbanks while gazing up at the Northern Lights. Chena Hot Springs Road winds through a scenic recreation area before it dead-ends into a resort with natural outdoor hot springs, an ice museum and stellar views of the aurora borealis.

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Hot Springs National Park

The geothermal pools at this picturesque national park have drawn Americans from all walks of life for over a century. Nicknamed “America’s spa,” the charming hamlet that sprouted up around Hot Springs Mountain’s magical mineral waters is still a respite for families seeking a soothing winter activity. Bonus: you can drink the water straight out of the springs!

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Umpqua Hot Springs

Hardcore hikers and winter warriors take note: a soak in one of the central Cascade’s mineral-packed pools is worth the trek! Approximately two miles down the main forest road, which isn’t plowed during the snowy season, lie three wondrous geothermal pools on a mineral deposit above Oregon’s North Umpqua River.

Warm up with fellow winter adventurers >

Radium Hot Springs - temporarily closed

Looking for the total relaxation package? Sprawling Kootenay National Park is home to a huge family-friendly “hot” pool and a popular day spa. The surrounding village is the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating escape to this British Columbian paradise with its distinctively odorless and colorless geothermal springs.

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