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Springs Fever

by Jennie Nunn

Delve into the mineral waters at Sunwater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado—and take time for quiet reflection along the way

Sunwater Spa in downtown Manitou Springs, CO, is anything but a mundane, run-of-the-mill day spa. In fact, the 6,000-square-foot, terracotta-hued facility, located six miles from Colorado Springs, is a wellness and healing center with seven outdoor cedar mineral tubs ranging in temperature from 94 to 104 degrees, an infrared sauna, an indoor pool, hot tub, cold plunge pool and a slew of classes ranging from Vinyasa Flow yoga to Tai Chi and World Belly Dance.

Cofounded by creative director and yoga instructor Kat Tudor, the three-story spa—with prime views of 14,114-foot Pikes Peak—embraces the area’s rich history, which dates back centuries, with tribes such as Mountain Ute using mineral waters for medicinal purposes. Fast forward to the late 1800s (and Dr. Edwin James, who discovered the health benefits of the healing waters), when the town became a health resort and healing hotbed for tuberculosis patients and physicians.

But for those looking for deeper relaxation and escape, Sunwater offers innovative body treatments including the Mountain Healer, with wild sage oils and arnica, designed for athletes; Watsu water therapy; and Inner Peace, an energy-based journey with Thai Yoga and assisted stretching.

Sunwater is also a destination for workshops and events spanning mini-retreats for the soul, guided breathwork meditation and film screenings. sunwaterspa.com

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