Nude Hot Springs in Colorado and My First Social Nude Experience

| May 8, 2016 | 2 Comments

My First Experience With Social Nudity at a Nude Hot Springs in Colorado

(Guest Nudie Blog)

I’ve always been rather shy and had what I would call a “questionable” body image. Sure, people have told me that I have a great body, but you never REALLY know when they are being honest or just being nice. For this reason, I’ve always been pretty modest about the way I dress. I would often choose a one-piece over a bikini at the pool, and as a teenager, I would usually even throw a t-shirt over that! However, the older I’ve gotten, the less I have really been concerned with what others think and more concerned with how I feel.

My first experience with public nudity was on a vacation to some natural hot springs in Colorado. My husband and I were on a long hike that day, in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I didn’t bother to check out the trail or do much research, so you can imagine my surprise when we rounded a bend and were treated to a panoramic view of a beautiful valley, rimmed with several natural hot springs. There were four or five springs and about 15 people spread throughout all but one.

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Deep Creek Nude Hot Springs

I hadn’t brought a swimsuit since I wasn’t expecting to need anything other than my hiking clothes, so entering the hot springs didn’t even cross my mind. That’s when my husband turned to me and said, “Let’s get in!” I’m sure he must have seen the look on my face because he followed with, “Everyone is naked. It’s no big deal. No one cares.” Maybe he had a point.

My first instinct, of course, was to run. My second instinct was to go for the empty pool. So I slowly walked over, avoiding eye contact with the naked bathers in the other pools. I tested the water with my toes and discovered that the pool was scalding hot. Moments later, a man from one of the other pools shouted out, “That one’s too hot, but you can join us in this one.”

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Silent Warm Pool at Harbin Clothing Optional Hot Springs

I looked at my husband who smiled, kissed me on the cheek, and said, “You’re fine. Let’s go.” He quickly got naked without a second thought (he has never been the modest one!) and climbed into the pool of warm water. As I stood there looking down at him, I realized I really wanted to be able to get in to prove to my husband (but more importantly to myself) that I could do it.

Nude Hot Springs at Willbur

Nude Hot Springs at Willbur

I turned around, slowly removed each item of clothing, and then quickly turned around and stepped into the pool of water. I hoped that I had done it quickly enough before anyone saw much of anything. I could tell by the look on my husband’s face that he was proud of me. That said, the best thing was that I was proud of myself!

After a few minutes of chatting with the other bathers, I realized that nudity really wasn’t a big deal to anyone there. This definitely changed the way I look at being naked around strangers! While I am not full blown nudist by any stretch of the imagination, after the nude hot springs in Colorado, I am far more comfortable in my own skin (and far more accepting of other’s skin too!)

This guest blog post about a first timers experience with social nudity at the nude hot springs in Colorado was published by Young Naturists America

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
  • MountianBill

    MMR = autism MountianBill I drove by the access road to Valley View Hot Springs three times before I finally found it. I had a guide book and detailed directions. No GPS then. On my trip to Conundrum, which very might be where the story in question took place, I recall signs at the trailhead stating the distance to the springs because it is a landmark and there is a camp at the springs as well. I recall similar signage when hunting for hot water in Bishop CA. Over the years I’ve not found many springs I was actually looking for but never managed to stumble upon one.

  • MountianBill

    As someone who has been to many Colorado hot springs on multiple occasions I am quite disappointed with both the rather generic description of the hot springs and the choice, possibly editorial, to feature photos of three California hot springs. Every hot spring in Colorado has a name and detailed info is available in multiple guidebooks. Why did the author not research this after the trip and provide more details, or at least the name?

    How one “stumbles” upon a hot spring is sort of an enigma to me as well. Even the basic research necessary to properly prepare for a day hike in the mountains should have turned up some information about the hot springs the author stumbled on, unless of course the story took place 40 years or so ago before the proliferation of outdoor trip planning materials currently available. 
    Perhaps I’m missing the point that it was more about the experience of social nudity rather than the location, but given the lack of details here, and other blogs I’ve read about CO springs as well as my own experiences, most writers are all too willing to talk about the hike, the views, the soak, the people…all of it. This just seems so mundane and slapped together that I somewhat even question its authenticity.