SunWater Spa is located in Manitou Springs, CO outside of Colorado Springs, about an hour and 15 minutes from Denver. The Spa features 7 public cedar soaking tubs spread out on a two story deck of various sizes, a sauna, a hot and cold plunge pool and a meditation stream. There is also a private tub available to rent.
There are 7 public cedar tubs that are filled with the water from the 7 minute spring across the street. The water is heated with solar panels and filled into the wooden tubs. Most of the tubs can hold 4-6 people, and one of the tub can fit 2. The tubs are circular with a bench inside to sit.
The water from the 7 minute spring and is filled into the cedar tubs. This in turn extracts the cedar oil from the wood creating a "cedar tea" as they call it which promotes a healthy respiratory system and more.
Mandatory in all areas.
What to expect~
The environment is calm and serene with mountain views, I even got to watch deer graze during my soak. There are 2 decks with 3 tubs on each level with a heated staircase connecting them. There is a capacity limit here, so it will never get too crowded. There is a women's bathroom that has a shower with shampoo, conditioner and body wash to use, and toilet to use upstairs. Expect to be at the spa for 2 hours.
Ask for a tour when you get there! I never found the sauna or other pools.
What to bring~
Bathing suit, change of clothes, towel, robe if you want but not exactly imperative given the size of the deck areas, and flip flops,
Check the website for time variations, but there is a morning and afternoon soak. A day pass includes 2 hours at the spa for $25 a person.
514 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
My Personal Thoughts~
This was a very unique soaking experience. I love the way the wood tubs look, and the Mountain View. It is really cool too that you can fill up your water bottle at the 7 minute spring across the street and drink the water while you also soak in it.