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Conundrum Hot Springs Out-and-Back

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An all-time hike with an incredible hot spring that has expansive aspen-filled views from its 11k' perch.


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17.4

Miles

28.0

KM

Out and Back

11,215' 3,418 m

High

8,780' 2,676 m

Low

2,536' 773 m

Up

2,535' 773 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Hot Spring · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Camping anywhere near the hot springs requires a permit allowing you to camp at one of 19 designated sites. You can find more permit information here.

Overview

An epic day trip or a mellow backpack, Conundrum Hot Springs is a must-do for any Coloradan. This hike heads through nice aspen groves and culminates at one of the most unnatural-feeling bodies of water I've ever experienced—a large hot spring with expansive views back down the valley.

Need to Know

The parking lot often fills up, especially on a fall weekend. Get there early and try to avoid the weekends if you can! If the parking lot is full, DO NOT park along Conundrum Creek Road. You'll be towed.

Nights at the hot springs can get rowdy and potentially nerve-wracking for folks looking for a mellow experience. While the stars are incredible to experience from the springs, some people see the springs as a better opportunity to experience some partying.

You can dispersed camp anywhere down valley from Silver Dollar Pond.

Description

From the parking lot, head south on the obvious trail. Conundrum Creek Trail #1981 stays gently uphill for the first 7.0 miles. While beautiful, the trail is no different than other Aspen-area locales. Plow your way upwards to the hot spring!

One of the most popular springs in the state of Colorado, Conundrum Hot Springs is a must-do for any warm water enthusiast. The views of mountains and fields of wildflowers are superb, especially in late spring. Not to mention, the warm 95-degree waters are inviting and pleasant. This trail sees very heavy traffic as it provides a fairly easy hike through the woods and meadows with bridged stream crossings.

Once you've had your soaking fill, head back to your campsite or back to your car. Guaranteed you'll feel more refreshed and ready to take on the world than you did a few hours before.

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Tom Robson

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Feb 23, 2018 near Crested…, CO

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Oct 3, 2020
JT Pritts
Aug 7, 2020
Cynthia B.
Jul 19, 2020
Brandon Snacks
Aug 22, 2019
Bailey Ohlson
Reservation not required to camp, it's just a longer hike to the spring from the free camping areas. Get to the trailhead early to get a parking spot
Jul 21, 2019
Brandon Bell
Hike out. 8.7mi — 5h 07m
Jul 20, 2019
Brandon Bell
Hike in. 8.7mi — 6h 20m
Jun 25, 2019
Claire Milligan
Spent 2 nights at hot springs. Used snow shoes in a few places. Tons of avalanche areas. Very difficult to traverse fallen trees and way find. 17mi
Oct 5, 2018
Justin Ryder