Valley View is a full hot springs resort with rustic lodging and primitive pools, secluded in the wilderness, 37 miles south of Salida.
It’s open to day use year round, except for Dec 1-28. There are seven or so ponds beautifully laid out in an alpine forest. A dirt trail connects all the pools, with the furthest ones being the Top Ponds, at a 1/4 mile uphill hike. It’s really a one of a kind place worth visiting when you get a chance.
Lodging is on site, and ranges from tent and car camping, to private rooms and cabins. Overnight guests enjoy access to the hot springs after 10pm, when day use ends and the crowds disperse. Summer can get crowded, so make reservations if spending the night. Tent camping is free with paid overnight access, car camping is $5/night and cabins and rooms range $12-$60/night .
It’s also worth noting that it’s clothing optional and many guests go without suits.
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