Strawberry Park Hot Springs

MODERATE 65 reviews

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

5.7 miles
1,059 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips



hot springs


wild flowers


no dogs

7 days ago

Probably a beautiful hike, only putting 1 star because we were not able to do the hike as there were WARNING signs of recently sites Mountain Lions (mother and cubs) at the at the start of the trail, hence the walk trail was overgrown so we turned back! Just to note, the Lions were sighted 1 month ago here and then on 13th Sept at the start of the Mad Creek walk just beside this walk (which we also hiked but did not realise there may be mountain lions until after).
Beautiful hike but please note above and check the news!

1 month ago

Amazing trail! Part the hike had hundreds of Butterflies! Length of trail way off! Really closer to 4 miles from car to Strawberry Park hotsprings! (one way)

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful and relaxing. The road isn't too bad in the warmer months. Winter time - you might want to consider a larger 4 wheel drive or take the shuttle. The pools were a bit dirty but the overall 'natural' ambiance of the entire place was wonderful. Biggest bang for your buck here, as far as hot springs go. They could use some more changing rooms though. Everybody seems to use the bathroom stalls, which makes it difficult when someone actually needs to use the bathroom.

1 month ago

Hiked one way to the hot springs. Enjoyed the sound of the stream running alongside the trail. The incline was gradual and the trail was mostly shaded. I was recording the hike and it showed the trail ending before I reached the hot springs. There were people camping near the end and they assured me that I was almost to the hot springs.

1 month ago

Nice, easy hike. Went with my 64 year old mother-in-law with bad hips. Made it up in about 82 minutes. Plenty of shade, nice views, hundreds of butterflies! We saw a few small snakes, nothing poisonous.

A few important notes:
1. From the trailhead, the path starts at the entrance to the parking lot and goes south about a half mile before turning up a dirt road. DO NOT go up the Mad Creek trail, this leads in the complete opposite direction.
2. We found the trail to be longer than reported on here by about a half mile. It is about 6.4 miles round trip.

Not a ton of elevation gain, and coming back is super quick. Takes about 50min to an hour. Very doable in regular sneakers or even sandals. We carried water and food with us in addition to a change of clothes and towels to the hot springs.

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2 months ago

The trail is an easy hike to the hot springs which are some of the best I've visited. Park in the Mad Creek trail head lot, there is a map posted there showing the HS trail. It's a narrow trail, not very scenic but good option instead of driving up. We made it in about 75 minutes. Lightweight pants would have been nice but not necessary.
As for the springs, go early like right at open if want a chair but either way go. I've visited a dozen springs in colorado and these are some of the nicest.

2 months ago

Great spring day adventure. I guess being June it is summer. butterflies line the trail and the strawberry hot springs are a unique trail end treat.

3 months ago

Nice single track trail with good variety of vegetation, views, and shade. Tons of butterflies in June. The hotspings are a great destination for an put&back trail. My kids (8&10) and husband (with recent knee replacement) had no trouble at all, so I would rate it easy. Fun outing for the family!

off road driving
10 months ago

Road up the springs is rough. Need a truck or suv. Go during the day very dark at night w no lights to see where you are going. Beautiful sunsets.

11 months ago

I myself am out if shape, my daughter is 9. We took our time, and enjoyed everything along the way. We went in mid October, the day after some snow flurries. there was just enough snow to keep her going.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Firstly, the fact that you can hike to Strawberry Hot Springs is incredible and quite the reward! The trailhead itself is hard to find. Once you park in the lot, walk to the opposite side of the kit from the trailhead sign. Walk along the road for about .5 of a mile until there is an inlet where the trail actually begins. It's about 5 and 1/2 miles round trip. The trail is pretty narrow most of the time right in the forest. It's much better than driving or paying for the hot springs shuttle.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

drove to it so cant rank the hike but it was a refreshing swim/soak/stretch.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gentle climb up the to hot springs. The spring was beautiful, expensive but beautiful. The hike was pretty tame, not much to see apart from very long grasses. Following the creek was nice as that gave a slightly open view every now and again

Thursday, July 06, 2017

So lovely!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Beautiful easy hike through the woods along side the winding Mad Creek. There and back we only encountered two other hiking groups. Many snake and small lizard sightings. Butterflies galore. Lots of chipmunks. One dead elk carcass which must be quite old.

Great way to visit the Strawberry Park Hot Springs by a relaxing hike to and from.

nature trips
Monday, June 12, 2017

Multiple relaxing pools with different temperatures. HCV or 4-wheel recommended.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Amazing trail. Beautiful views. Ends at hot springs where you can make a pit stop for bathroom and water.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Blew my mind

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beautiful hot springs, a great way to relax after a hike. The last part of the road outside of Steamboat up to the hot springs is packed dirt with inclines, chains are required in winter and AWD for rainy days.

Camping is available at the hot springs as well.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

cutest over night bungalows!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Nice variety. Gorgeous scenery, totally doable.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

My friends and I parked at the hot springs and walked about 1 mile out and back. There were pretty views of river. It was a pretty easy hike. We enjoyed the hot springs as well.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Very nice hike! We hiked in, soaked for a while and then hiked out. Beautiful!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Really nice hike. Very narrow though and best in the am.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

There is a trail to the hot springs but this was not it. You can actually drive right to it. There is a cash fee to use it. 15 adult and 8 for kids. Plenty of very clean bathrooms and changing areas. Some pools very hot and some cool to cold. The hiking trail is past the parking lot and hot springs and it goes along the river.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

hiked into the hot springs. such a stunning trail. you follow the river all the way there, right next to it. great views. you're on a service like road for maybe a mile or so and then it becomes more like a trail. very remote and not a lot of foot traffic. be prepared, it takes some time getting there but the reward of the hot springs is worth it!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Out of all the hot springs I have been to this one has a pretty natural feel about it. As the other reviews have said the road the springs is pretty rough and they only take cash. Also if you do stay after sundown you will hear some pretty interesting noises coming from all around you seeing as how it's clothing optional after dark.

scenic driving
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Don't be fooled by the nice website. The place is a huge disappointment. First the drive was muddy and tricky. Bring water because these rednecks dont have a water fountain. Then the place itself is rusty and rundown. The grossest thing was the feces inside one of the pools and out. Got my kids right out and on the way home. But there was no place to shower! Health Department needs to look into this place or shut them down. Don't waste your vacation, there are other hot pools in town.

nature trips
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

What a beautiful, rustic, go-back-in-time Hot Springs experience! I wouldn't consider my experience a hike, but definitely a walk in nature!

We went in November after some good snow earlier in the week. It was in the 20s-30's outside. We stayed for about 2 hours and loved every minute. We stayed in the 2 warm pools-- one probably in the 110s and one in the 100's-- not the cool spring/river that was probably in the 30's! There were a variety of people (probably about 50 ppl there) so it wasn't terribly private. We went during a time so we could see the sunset and the stars-- and enjoy time so we could actually SEE where we were. The evergreens, aspens, sprinkling of snow-- beautiful. Floating on your back in warm water with the clear skies and sparkling stars...bliss!

Need/Bring (This is based on the winter season-- can't speak for the summer time!)
1. AWD/4WD vehicle-- you will take an unpaved, but plowed road and it can get icy.
2. Water to drink- altitude and high temperature leaching the moisture from your body. Duh.
3. Flashlight or glowsticks if you go at night. There's no lights.
4. Swimsuit, water shoes, warm hat (maybe), bathrobe (maybe) towel. Shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
5. Cash- they take no cards.

nature trips
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Strawberry Hot Springs is a beautiful spot. Located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado it is a must do any time of the year. Wintertime is especially nice. For a special treat, if you go at night with no moon the stars are incredible.

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