1. Soak in the springs
The 100° pools at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort (20 miles from Salida) are just the place to take the edge off the winter chill. Take in views of snow-shrouded 14ers while you warm up in the two manmade thermal pools overlooking Chalk Creek, and over a dozen natural creekside pools winding through the valley below. Pool use $15; 15870 County Rd. 162, Nathrop; 888/395-7799.