As you ready yourself for another gorgeous Colorado weekend, consider grabbing your bathing suit & dipping your toes in a few geothermal hot spring pools after a day of exploring the high country. Colorado is jam-packed with easy-to-access and hidden backcountry pools ready for anyone with a willingness to go! If that includes you, here are some of our go-to essentials to consider for your next hot springs hopping adventure!

MANDA Organics Sun Cream & Sun Paste

The Colorado sun is no joke. If you’re looking for a natural option for protecting your skin, MANDA has it. Their organic, food-grade cream and paste uses all-natural ingredients, including Thanaka, a bark-based paste with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. mandanaturals.com

Native Eyewear Four Corners

How can you take in the view if the sun is in your eyes? While Native has several new styles, the Four Corners hits close to home (geographically) & fits great! The polarized lenses let you see clear to the bottom of any hot spring and their lifetime warranty is always a plus. nativeyewear.com

Outdoor Research Funbrero

Top it all off with OR’s beach vibe lid! If hats are your thing, the Funbrero is a must. Made with water-shedding material on the outside and sweat-wicking fabric on the inside, soaking in the sunshine or a passing shower will be no problem. outdoorresearch.com

Wild Zora Original Meat & Veggie Bars

Looking for a super delicious trail snack? How about one made from all natural ingredients, with soy-free, gluten-free and dairy-free options? Cue Wild Zora’s bars! These meat and veggies bars are ~100 calories of deliciousness, fit in your pocket and keep you going when you need a little something.  wildzora.com

Hydro Flask Shaved Ice 24oz Bottle

Hydration is a must – so why not make it fun? Hydro Flask’s Shaved Ice bottles are insulated, keeping your liquid cold (or hot) for hours; colorful, making them and easy to find if buried in a bag; and durable, thanks to stainless steel construction. hydroflask.com

Mohinders Woven Sandal

These hand-woven leather sandals are perfect for skipping between pools. They’re lightweight, feature a grippy rubber sole and molding to your feet for ultimate comfort. We really appreciated the care and workmanship…and the cozy factor! mohinders.com

Toad & Co. Indigo Ridge Sleeveless Tie Dress

It’s always good to have something to cover up with after a day soaking. This Toad & Co. dress is made from organic cotton and is super cozy! Best part: the dress can be worn multiple ways – as a stand-alone dress or a multi-piece layering option! It’s good to have options when exploring hot springs! toadandco.com

Rumpl Sherpa Blanket

If you’re going to soak, you’re going to want a cozy spot to set up shop; a place to keep your gear and yourself after spending some time in the water. We enjoyed bringing the Rumpl Sherpa along, thanks to the ultra-soft material on one side and debris-shedding material on the other. And if you’re looking for something a little more packable, their Original Puffy Blanket is a great option!

YETI Camino Carryall 35

This isn’t just any tote bag. The Camino Carryall really will carry it all. Made of ultra-durable, waterproof material, it’s rugged and fully capable of carrying all the things. We appreciated the “bucket” style of this tote, making it super easy to throw all our essentials into one place. The zipper pocket, latch and two-option carry were also great features! yeti.com