Ouray Hot Springs

Ouray, Colorado


Ouray, Colorado

Project Category

  • Recreation

Situated in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado and referred to as the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray, Colorado is a true gem of the Rocky Mountain Region. Their beloved hot springs facility serves the community of a thousand people as a recreation center as well as a tourist destination that contributes greatly to the local economy. This project, to reimagine the facility, responds to the community’s desire to upgrade the visitor experience without sacrificing the history and character of the original pool. Above all, the goal was to serve citizens and visitors through an inclusive and inviting design. By careful consideration of the resource, we increased geothermal energy efficiency and overall capacity of the pools. The hot soaking areas accommodate five times more people than before. Through collaboration, creative solutions and a comprehensive public process, we rejuvenated this treasured amenity so it could return the favor for generations to come.