May is here, which means Mother’s Day and our three-day Memorial Day weekend are on the horizon. With these two momentous occasions just around the corner, now is the time to pin down the perfect place to relax, whether it be for you or for mom (or both)! That said, don’t get yourself all stressed out over how to relax; just check out our tips for the 11 most serene and relaxing spots in Colorado!
1. Conundrum Hot Springs (Aspen)
If you’ve watched, read, or listened to the news anytime this last year, you know that you now need a permit to visit these incredible all-natural hot springs; However, if/when you do get your permit, you are guaranteed the best hike, soak, and views of your life!
2. The Springs Resort (Pagosa Springs)
Didn’t get your permit to Conundrum? Don’t sweat it; there are several other stellar Colorado hot springs, including this one! It's the world's largest geothermal hot spring that overlooks the tranquil San Juan River.
3. Havana Health Spa (Aurora)
Located in an unassuming strip mall in Aurora is Havana Health Spa. This relaxing day spa features not only your run-of-the-mill sauna, but also a colorful crystal cave that is said to promote better blood circulation, clearer skin, assist with digestive issues, and leave you feeling more energized than ever before.
4. Last Dollar Road (Telluride)
Do long and peaceful drives give you your zen? Then you are going to LOVE the iconic Last Dollar Road! Considered to be one of the most stunning drives in the country, the Last Dollar Road is a colorful 18-mile trek that passes through (and under) some of the most amazing scenery in the entire country.
5. Molas Lake Park & Campground (Silverton)
If getting in touch with Mother Nature is your idea of heaven, you are going to love camping at Molas Lake Park. Named the "Most Scenic Campground in Colorado" by AAA, Molas is a 137-acre campground that will have you coming back year after year. (I mean, you’re seeing this picture, right? It's stunning!)
6. Boulder Creek (Boulder)
Summer is coming, which means that tubing season isn’t too far behind. Spanning nearly 32 miles, Boulder Creek was named one of the 10 best lazy rivers for tubing in America by
Men’s Journal and features a slow and steady stream of cool water.
7. Mesa Winds Farm & Winery (Hotchkiss)
Do you want to know my idea of a relaxing time? You’re looking at it! Tucked away in Hotchkiss, Mesa Winds Farm & Winery is a self-sustaining 36-acre farm with jaw-dropping views, delightful wines, delicious meals, and charming cabins.
8. 5 Star Salt Caves (Denver)
Built around a man-made Himalayan rock salt cave, 5 Star is a must visit for its energy healing, sauna, and, of course, the Halotherapy cave that promotes better health and fewer body toxins.
9. The Vail Collective Retreat (Vail)
Is roughing it a little too — err, rough — for you? Look no further than the Vail Collective! From assembling your accommodations to finding the perfect food and activities, the friendly staff at this retreat will pull out all the stops and make sure you never lift a finger.
10. Trail 403 (Crested Butte)
When you are trying to relax, the last thing you probably think of is climbing a mountain, but in the case of Trail 403, it’s totally worth it! Located in Gunnison National Forest, Trail 403 is a roughly 8-mile out-and-back trail that is chock-full of lush meadows and super fragrant wildflowers.
11. Flagstaff House (Boulder)
Last, but certainly not least on our list of most serene places is arguably the most beautiful restaurant in Colorado: the Flagstaff House. Originally built as a cabin in 1929 and converted into an upscale restaurant in 1954, the Flagstaff House is a true work of art with carefully selected dinner and wine menus, rustic atmosphere, and unbeatable views as far as the eye can see.
What’s your favorite way to kick back and relax in Colorado? Where do you go when you need to be surrounded by serene scenery? Share your suggestions in the comments below!