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“Very nice hot spring! Plus clothing optional” 4 of 5 stars
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Valley View Hot Springs, P.O. Box 65, Villa Grove, CO 81155-0065   |  
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Very nice hot spring! Plus clothing optional”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My wife and I chose to visit this place to kick off our 5 year anniversary road trip. Both of us had never experienced a truly clothing optional environment until this trip. It definitely takes some getting used to but after awhile my wife and I just enjoyed ourselves. That aside, the springs themselves were surprisingly cooler than I expected. The three pools that you need to hike to are very natural so there is algae. But this did not detract from the experience from the enjoyment. Due to the fact that these pools are not as hot as some that I've experienced. It is possible to stay in for as long as you would like. We happened to get a car camp spot that was very close to the springs so going and coming from the springs is fairly easy. There is one really hot pool that is close to the large swimming pool and that one is fantastic if you are looking for a warmer pool. Over all great experience! It was incredibly freeing to be there. We can't wait to go back

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The people who work here are crazy. My son was bitten by beg bugs and they yelled at him when I wasn't there. Uhm. They also charged our card twice and then made us members "$30" to make a reservation. At $100 a night its not cheap. Also there's a lot of pot use by guests and staff. One of the staff sells drugs on the side. I brought this to the owner's attention and he acted like I was ruining his birthday.

My understanding is they are in financial trouble for their "non-profit" and are over charging guests to try to get out of legal problems. It doesn't appear to be a nonprofit. Also, the owners donate the land and act like its their living room and everyone else is a poor cousin.

Crazy. Run down. Better hot springs down the road.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Rats, bed begs and rude staff. The hot springs are part of a larger "non-profit" that is losing money in droves so they are over charging "guests" and being rude to them in the process. Use to be a great place and something has gone wrong.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The hot springs are not really hot, they are very warm, in the 90s. Still, the natural pools are all great for a relaxing soak. There is also a pool that is large enough to do laps (but you should do that early in the morning if you like to swim alone) and there is an indoor sauna with an integral soaking tub.

I camped while there so I don't know about the other accomodations. I had a spot (N, I think) that had a trail directly to one of the natural pools, so it was very convenient to pop over for a soak. I also visited the bat cave, which is about a 1.5 mile walk, the first part on a fairly flat dirt road, but then on a trail up the side of the mountain. It was awesome, even though I went too early and didn't get to see the bats.

There are a lot of deer that will browse down through the trees near sunset and don't seem too shy of humans. The hot springs form small streams that travel through the site and then disappear into the desert to the west. This is a phenomena that occurs all along the western edge of the Sangre De Christo range. The San Luis valley to the west, ringed by mountains, is an awe-inspiring site. The sand dunes are about an hour away to the south.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Love it or hate it (personally i love it), Valley View Hot Springs are harf to judge. Not just a camp site, not just motel-stule rooms, not just hot springs...
If you're looking for a place away from everything (nearest shop is a 40 minutes drive), but near to the nature, OLT is a great solution. We stayed in the sunset room, not very cheap but clean, quiet and spacious. In the building there are a clean shared restroom and a fully equipped kitchen (bring your own food).
Polls are amazing and the bat cave (50 minutes hike) is spectacular.
All the property is clothes optional, so you will see naked people, but behavior is always quiet and family friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Friends had told us about Valley View, so when we found ourselves in Colorado for a reunion my husband and I decided to take a day/night and drive out. We stayed in a private room in the Oak House (which has a shared kitchen and living area). The room was small, but clean and just perfect for our needs, as we weren't in it much. The bathrooms were in a separate building, but that worked out just fine as well. Folks had warned us that it could be noisy in the common areas at night, but during our stay it was blissfully quiet and we had a great night's sleep.

The pools were phenomenal. We tried out most of them, from the swimming pool up to the secluded pools at the top of the trail. Each was fun in its own way - but my favorite were the top ponds for sure - quiet, surrounded by nothing but nature, and a killer view of the valley. We had a lovely experience at the soaking pond (party pool) just after dawn - the waters were steaming in the cool morning, and a mule deer doe and her fawn strolled by. The sauna was also very enjoyable, and exactly what I wanted after getting chilly after a rainstorm in the evening.

I should also note that the pools were never too crowded for us (and we often had the smaller ones to ourselves). The staff controls the number of visitors each day for just this reason - which is much appreciated.

We're not really nudists, but had experienced clothing optional beaches before and enjoyed them. We enjoyed Valley View for the same reasons - it was lovely to be out in nature unencumbered by clothing, and to be around other like-minded folks. There was no pressure to be nude - some folks were clothed except for in and around the pools (like us), others felt comfortable preparing dinner or hiking the trails in their birthday suits. No one seemed to judge anyone for their choices in this regard, which was perfect.

Oh - and the bat hike was definitely worth it! More exciting than we anticipated due to an incoming storm, but if you've never seen thousands of bats swarm out of a cave before, it's a treat!

We would definitely have enjoyed another day or two at Valley View - we were quite sad to have to return to the city and give up such a peaceful spot!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Pools warm & welcoming, be aware clothing is optoinal trail hike isn't well marked however natural settings sour! Beautiful mountain location bath & showers co-Ed clean and nice water pressure. Every guest was friendly and no rude or crude guestered allowed reservations are best .

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Valley View Hot Springs, P.O. Box 65, Villa Grove, CO 81155-0065
Location: United States > Colorado > Villa Grove
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Villa Grove
Number of rooms: 5
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