Going to a Day Spa is nice, but what about a Colorado Spa Vacation?

Planning a few days, or a full week long spa retreat in Colorado opens up many unique possibilities. Here are just a few.

A destination spa can provide a week long program, or have spa facilities that you can enjoy on an "al a carte" basis provided that you are an overnight guest.

If you schedule your own vacation, you have the freedom to balance exploration and outdoor activities with the rest and relaxation a spa can provide.
Schedule a rigorous day of mountain biking or hiking, then spend the next full day at the spa. During the winter, intermixing skiing and pampering is a natural. If you like outdoor activities, you may feel there is not much need for your resort to have a fitness facility.

You can make use of spa facilities more according to your schedule, or you can participate in more structured activities.

Multiple day spa packages or spa retreats can include particular services along with fitness activities and wellness seminars. These programs can include yoga and meditation, or focus on weight loss and healthy habits. More comprehensive programs will generally have goals beyond the spa treatments of massage, wraps, soaks and facials. These packages do a great job of integrating the benefits of a spa with more physical and mental activities, including more social opportunities.

A structured program of activities has the following benefits:

If you are on a spa vacation as part of your own group or family, some may want to take advantage of the spa facilities while other members of the group will have different priorities. That's fine. There's no reason you can't be pampered and have your own mini-getaway!

Vacations at Luxury Mountain Spa Resort Hotels

The luxury resorts located in the most scenic Colorado mountains provide similar services to the luxury spa resorts in the larger cities, but are located where you can take advantage of the Colorado mountains as part of your vacation.

The larger luxury resort spas are located in the most popular ski towns such as Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creak and Keystone. Even though spa facilities are a nice complement to skiing in the winter, these resorts provide for a great Colorado vacation experience in the summer and fall months.

Secluded Luxury Spa Resorts

There are some luxury spa resorts located in secluded areas of Colorado. As former ranches, they are on thousands of acres with scenic views in all directions.

These are spa and retreat destinations that are truly unique in their location, accommodations, and spa offerings. Some even have their own geothermal springs.

Think of getting a hot stone massage, a high altitude facial, an exfoliating body scrub, or a relaxation treatment designed for a couple and combine all of that with scenery that can't be beat.

A great example is the Dunton Hot Springs Resort. This perfectly restored ghost town is a small and exclusive resort nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies - and a unique experience!

Spa resorts with natural hot springs

Colorado has several resorts with natural hot springs that are perfect for your Colorado spa vacation.

And they vary tremendously. Since they are located where natural hot springs exists, you'll always find the area interesting. Many of the spa resorts offer various spa treatments in addition to the natural hot springs.

Also, their costs vary quite a bit. For a budget minded Colorado spa vacation, some of the natural hot springs spa resorts are perfect.

A fun Colorado spa vacation is to plan a trip to more than one resort spa, and stay at each location for a few days.

Some of the more popular natural hot springs include Glenwood Springs and Pagosa Springs. Others are located in Hot Sulphur Springs and Ouray.

A Dude Ranch with a Spa?

At first it doesn't seem like horse back riding, fly fishing, and spa treatments at a dude ranch makes sense. But what did the cowboys do after a long cattle drive? Yep, they soaked in a tub with hot water, a bit of luxury and a reward for hard work.

These types of spa vacations or retreats are generally all inclusive and are a week long. They do vary however, and most have a variety of options to fit your desires.

Accommodations can be in cabins or lodge rooms, and spa facilities can even be set up in tents. These resorts are their own spa retreat destination and can be quite secluded.

Many of Colorado's dude ranches now also have spa facilities!