Lodging & Hot Springs INFO

A Little Colorado History First

The 2018 version of  2 Day ADV Tours can visit and pass thru dozens of Historic Gold & Silver Mining Towns or Outposts. Before the invention of the automobile, most were served by Narrow Gauge Steam Engines of the previous century.

D&RGW Roundtable in Salida Colorado in the 19th century

Currently only 2 of the towns we may visit have an active railroad, Center and the Scenic Tourist Train in Leadville. Leadville and Buena Vista were both served by 3 Railroads during the mining boom from the 1870’s to the 1890’s.

Kurt Caselli Wheelie’s in the Sand @ Dakar

All these towns we could visit are either historic mining towns or were Railroad supply meccas. At one time Leadville was the 2nd largest city in Colorado, and one of the Largest Silver Mining Camps in the World with over 15,000 hardy inhabitants before the turn of the 18th century.

Leadville is the 2nd Highest City in the Country, with a fun town motto of:

“It’s All Downhill from Here.”

Aspen is the 2nd Largest City we could visit (at least in the Wintertime). Gunnison with a Colorado College is the Largest. Save for Gunnison none of these towns has a population over 5,500 and few have hardly over 100 residents.

Downtown Salida is a Recreation Hub

Salida is a unique mountain community nestled among snow-capped 14,000-foot mountain peaks. With a population of 5,500. Salida is the Chaffee county’s largest town and serves as the economic and tourism hub of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

The area boasts multiple recreational opportunities including world-class skiing, Jeeping, whitewater rafting, gold medal fishing, numerous Mountain Passes & Jeep roads and mountain biking trails to name a few.

Salida was established as a railroad town in 1880 and became a major division point on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.

‘S’ Mountain in across from Downtown Salida before the ‘S’ and the old Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station


Tours – Dates & Map Links

Ponderosa Lodge, Maysville, CO

July 20-21-22 

Salida Hot Springs Pool


Salida is proud to be home of the largest indoor hot springs in North America. As well as the only publicly-operated aquatic facility within 100+ miles of the Heart of the Rockies.


  • Lap Pool: 84-86 degrees
  • Leisure Pool: 97-100 degrees




Tomichci Creek Trading Post

August 3-4-5  

Waunita Hot Springs


Waunita’s offer a 35 ft wide by 90 ft long pool — one of the largest private swimming pools in all of Coloradoand it’s completely fed by the Natural Hot Springs.



This means no matter the outside temperature is, we’re able to keep the Pool a nice and soothing 95 degrees and an adjacent hot tub is maintained and 100 degrees.

After a day of riding, hiking or whatever your activity your into, you’ll find the hot springs a great place to relax. Waunita Hot Springs will only be visited by reservation on the 2 Day ADV Tours & Camps.


  Ponderosa Lodge, Maysville, CO

August 31 – September  1 & 2

Salida Hot Springs Pool



  • Lap Pool: 84-86 degrees
  • Leisure Pool: 97-100 degrees




September  8 & 9 Joyful Journey, San Luis Valley, CO


Although the water rises from the travertine springs at between 120 and 145 degrees, Joyful Journey maintains the pools between 98 and 108 degrees.



The water is a sodium bicarbonate type with significant levels of boron, calcium, lithium and magnesium along with several other beneficial minerals.

Native American elders and spiritual masters from the Crestone area consider this area on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as one of the most sacred and energetically active places in North America.

It is said that the water here is encoded with the energy of the earth from which it rises. Perhaps then, this water indeed is unique and special among all the hot springs of the state.

  • The 98°F cool pool is perfect for those with low tolerance of hot water and that still want to get the benefit of our minerals.
  • The 104°F tower pool is a great middle temperature for soaking.
  • The 108°F hot pool is an ideal temperature for those with arthritis, joint and muscle issues – with spectacular views of the mountains.


Elephant Butte Resort & Spa

October 20 & 21   

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico


Riverbend’s Riverside, Mountain View, Hot Mineral Springs are just what you need for a quiet, relaxing retreat and a truly healing experience.



Of all of the many Hot Springs in the Southwest, Riverbend truly is unique.

The therapeutic benefits of Riverbend’s geothermal water have been known and used long before Geronimo and his Apache warriors left their weapons behind and spent the most peaceful time of their lives here as guests of Chief Victorio of the Warm Springs Apaches.