I am a local with a membership to the strawberry park hot springs, and i go at least once a week. My favorite being brisk spring or autumn mornings (they open at 10am). Theres a nice little hike that i'll do before i go soak. The place is rustic, majectic and beautiful. I've seen lots of wild life in the area (at a safe distance of corse): elk, moose, porcupine, bears and many beautiful birds!
My advice to any folks visiting for the first time:
*Bring your own drinking water/ towels/ bathrobes
*Bring flip flops along, especially in winter when the change in temp on your feet make it a bit uncomfortable at first
*clothing optional after dark!!! Steamboat is a quite an open community, and i've only seen "tasteful" nudity up there.. no fears, its not vegas!
* there ARE changing facilities, just ask someone where they are!
....Which brings me to my final point, and comment regarding others' concerns about the "rude staff". I have also experienced the "i could give a sh**" attitude of some of the employees, and have kind of just accepted it. In the defence of the staff, they do ALOT of regulating up there, with people who are disrepectful to them and do not follow the rules. Weekends evenings do get roudy with your younger crowd. So i reccomend leaning more towards weekdays, and totally avoid any holiday, it can get PACKED!
HAVE FUN!!!! and dont complain about bathrooms and changing rooms, be grateful there's even plumbing and shelter all the way up there...10 miles into the forrest!!!
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