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Dakota Hot Springs Reviews
Went back on a Wednesday. The pool isn't as hot as it used to be as I guess that they lost one of their wells. The changing room was cleaner as was the bathroom and I didn't walk into a cloud of cigar... more »
We've been going down to Dakota Hot Springs since it was called The Well and have always found it to be clean, friendly and relaxing. Yes, there are stains on the bottom and sides of the pool. People,... more »
Here, you can bare it all if you like, it is swim suit optional, except on Tuesday. People working there are nice, and admission for a couple is only $20, $15 for singles. Not far from Colorado Spring... more »
Formerly "the well," it is starting to show its age, but it is still quite enjoyable. . . If you do not mind the cigarette smoke and are comfortable with nudity. Reportedly, one of the two hot spring wells has now failed, leaving one side of the pool without a hot water inlet. It might be worth a call before driving very far to make sure that the pool is still hot. We make sure to stop every time we are in town, but it is certainly nicer in the few days after a cleaning (Tuesday, I think). I definitely recommend bringing an adult beverage to enjoy poolside.
Relaxing atmosphere. The rules make you feel safer. The view before sunset is worth it. there is a hotter 'tub' toward the center, if you want something hot. Otherwise, the water was perfect for me and i felt rejuvenated after. Read website and know the rules and you will be great!
This place has a huge natural hot springs pool that is relaxing and interesting. The closer you get to the center of the pool, the hotter it gets. Since it is clothing optional, you get to see a lot of interesting things. They are strict on body contact so you won't be seeing a bunch of explicit activities going on. Just naked (and clothed) people in a hot spring.
First of all, it was a complete mistake that my group and I even came across Dakota Springs; we were actually looking for Desert Reef Springs (would highly recommend you go there instead, and this review will explain why). The manager seemed nice at first, but sent up a red flag right off the bat when she asked for each person's name and nothing else; I've never had a hot spring in Colorado ask for any contact information, so I didn't really know what to think of this. Also, while most springs expect you to read the signs for yourself, and don't have any overbearing rules as it is, the manager immediately rattled off a string of about half a dozen restrictions that I didn't think much of at the time, but would prove poisonous to my experience by the end of our stay. The spring itself was utterly disappointing. While I couldn't see any debris in the water (could have been there, we didn't arrive until dark), the temperature could not have been more than 85°F, and the only spots that had hot spring water were a single shower spout that had to be shared by all patrons, and a metal hot tub submerged next to said spout that was so hot that it was impossible for the vast majority of the bathers to submerge themselves in (tried it myself, and had to leap back into the cool water after just three seconds; legs felt like they were burnt for a solid five minutes). Our fellow bathers were actually the high point of our visit: everyone who made conversation with us was outgoing and funny and made us feel plenty welcome even though it was our first time ever visiting Dakota Springs. Kudos to the locals. However, as many have noted in earlier reviews, the management was quick to hound the bathers about closing time...30 MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING. Informing your patrons five to ten minutes before closing time is perfectly courteous, but the manager came out to the poolside and immediately asked whether "anyone [was] going to shower". Turns out she wanted everyone showered up and GONE by 10pm. Sorry, lady, but that's not how it works: if you advertise your pool hours as being open until 10pm, that tells people that they can relax in the pool UNTIL 10PM. If you want to close up by 10pm on the dot, then advertise closing time as 9:30. That's basic business procedure, it's really not that hard. But I was even willing to let that go until said manager threw the last straw on the camel's back: thoroughly disappointed with our experience, my group decided to find out whether Desert Reef Springs was still open, so I ended up volunteering to look up the information. Just as I'm trying to open my browser, along comes the manager, and says, in a perfectly sweet tone: "Oh, is that a phone? We've kicked people out for using those, you know. Put it away or we're going to have to take it up to the office." That's right, instead of simply asking me "Could you please put that away?", the manager deemed it necessary to threaten me with the bum rush AND threaten to confiscate my property, and she did it all with a smile. Instantly it clicked in my head and I recognized the insincere hospitality she had been showing us and the other bathers for what it was. That passive-aggressive threat from the manager was quite possibly the single most shockingly two-faced exchange I have ever experienced in my life. Believe me when I say that the horror story posted in the reviews about a family being PUSHED NAKED out of the pool and getting the police called on them by the manager for staying just FOUR MINUTES AFTER CLOSING does not sound implausible in the slightest after my experience. To the other patrons: thanks for making us feel welcome and showing us the friendliness that the staff didn't. To Management: you need to drop the attitude, and you also need to ease off of the nigh draconian enforcement of your policies. If you're not prepared to do that, then you need to hand Dakota Hot Springs over to someone who is actually willing to treat their customers with respect.
The lobster pot is great, hot and is a good place to lounge by. The cabins are all near the bathrooms, but the weather was still mild when we stayed so it wasn't an inconvenience to walk it. We'll be back again.
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