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A must do for families visiting Steamboat Springs - whatever time of year - is a trip to the Old Town Hot Springs.
Discovered in 1875 by the city's founder, James Crawford, who dug out the first pool so his family could "have a bath," the Old Town Hot Springs have long been a place where local residents, and visitors from a far, relax and soak in the fun.
In 2008, Old Town Hot Springs added a new feel with a $5 million upgrade to its hot springs and waterslides. Two new slides replaced the old one. Both slides were uniquely designed for Old Town Hot Springs, and require sliders to lie down "luge style" as they shoot like a torpedo through loops and into the slide pool. A variety of pass types are sold separately and can provide hours of fun for children who meet the minimum height requirement of 44".
Although the slides thrill those seeking adventure, the new aquatic climbing wall rivals the slides in popularity. Found in the deep end of the new 3,000 square foot hot pool, swimmers challenge themselves by climbing a "rock" wall right out of the water. Several climbing routes of varying skill levels allow everyone a chance to try their skills.
In addition to the slides, climbing wall, and new big hot pool, two spa pools were added along with a remodeling of the "Heart Spring Spa" named for the spring that feeds all eight pools at Old Town Hot Springs. There is also an Olympic-sized lap pool open year round and summertime kiddie and zero-depth pools. There is a full fitness center with exercises classes as well.
Old Town Hot Springs is a must on your visit to Steamboat. This family friendly faciliity is convenient for everyone located in downtown Steamboat Springs and will entertain the entire family for hours. To learn more or for hours and admission prices visit: www.OldTownHotSprings.org