Cottonwood Hot Springs

Hot Springs in Buena Vista

Take Main St across Hwy 24 and keep going up the mountain toward Cottonwood Pass, and you’ll soon come to the hippiest of the Collegiate hot springs. These renovated pools are set on leafy grounds and are relatively peaceful (albeit somewhat kitsch), with gushing fountains of hot water, dangling vines and wind chimes (but no water slide).

If you'd like to spend the night, there are a variety of lodging options here, including dorms, rooms, cabins and campsites (dorms/doubles from $55/169).