Each of our four redwood tubs offer a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. Guests of the hotel enjoy soaking in the evenings under a blanket of stars or during the daytime when the breathtaking scenery of the San Juan Mountains and of Ouray shines.
Although the Ute Indians were the first ones to enjoy the hot springs on the property, the geothermal waters were first tapped for commercial use in 1925 for a healing sanitarium. Our hot springs in Ouray have been used ever since for the relaxing enjoyment of people for decades.
Today, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs occupies a portion of that sanitarium and now offers outdoor mineral hot springs tubs terraced on the mountainside immediately behind the lodge. Each of four redwood tubs offer a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. Revitalizing in these hot springs in this scenic setting is popular year-round.
The temperatures in the hot tubs range between 103 and 108 degrees. Since the hot springs water is constantly flowing in and out, replacing itself every 24 hours, there is no need to use chemicals in our hot springs. Since children are usually present at the lodge, bathing suits are required when using the hot tubs.
The hot springs water is used throughout the motel for heating during the winter months. Although we don’t circulate the hot springs water for domestic use, we use it to heat our domestic water through the use of custom-built heat exchangers.