A naturalist hot springs, Valley View is located on 2,100 acres of community-owned land and hosts four natural ponds as well as a swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna for a very specific type of person – nudists, to be exact.
But it’s not just well-tanned hippies in their birthday suits that you’ll find though. During the summer it’s home to the largest and northern-most colony of Mexican free-tail bats and groups of fireflies that dot the night sky.
The facility itself is quite also noteworthy. The entire hot springs complex is off the grid, powered completely by the hot water that also forms the springs. A hydroelectric plant provides all of the electricity, and the cabins on site take advantage of geothermal activity.
Other attractions include the abandoned iron mine the land trust was originally named after, natural limestone caves and historic building. With free camping, a family friendly atmosphere, a diverse set of regulars, and a dedication to open space preservation, Valley View has served as relaxing retreat off the beaten path.
Know Before You Go
Valley View Hot Springs is located 4 1/2 miles south of Villa Grove, Colorado and 7 miles east of the junction of U.S. Highway 285 and Colorado Highway 17 on Saguache County Road GG, a 7 mile gravel road.