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Conundrum Hot Springs, Aspen

#23 of 30 in Parks in Aspen
Hot Spring · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Conundrum Hot Springs is a geothermal spring in a remote section of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area of the White River National Forest in Colorado Rocky Mountains.
The hot mineral water collects in existing craters as well as several primitive rock-lined soaking pools that have been dug out nearby.
Conundrum hot springs are the among the highest in altitude in the United States. The springs are located in a scenic setting, with views of mountains, avalanche chutes and waterfalls. The larger soaking pools can fit ten or more people. They are approximately 3-feet deep.
In recent years there have been problems at the springs with human feces being left by hikers, campers and spring users which can contaminate the water with pathogens. The forest service is asking that people pack it out on their return hike.
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  • If you plan on camping back here to get to Conundrum Hot Springs, then you'll need to get a permit online before you go. The hike is around 8.5 miles on way. Make sure you bring good hiking shoes...  more »
  • I and my sons, 16 and 14, made a day trip along the Conundrum Creek Trail outside of Aspen. We hiked from the trail head to the Conundrum Hot Springs and back to the trail head. This makes for a long....  more »
  • This over crowded 9 mile trail to the Hot Springs has been over used by the Denver Front Range hikers and it is a mess. The Hot Springs is full of bacteria, and users deficate anywhere they feel like....  more »
  • Not sure why the locals call it a magical secret spot....its well known and definitely NOT worth the hike. Water is slimy, trail is trashed, the hike is boring, and once you get there, you have to do it all over again to get back down. Best to stay home.
  • One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! Hot springs were absolutely picturesque. We went at end of July the first time a couple years ago and wanted to go a week ago ( end of May) and we're super sad that there were too many alerts for us to be confident hiking out. We will definitely be back, though!
  • The worst place on earth, stay away from it, nothing to see here. Just water, air, clouds - boring. You will hate hiking up, the views blow and once you get here it is like the worst. Seriously, never ever come up here, your best bet would be to just hang around Glenwood Springs or Florida.
  • About a 9 mile hike gaining 4000' vertical feet. Pretty much the most perfect place on Earth. This person who gave it 4 stars needs a mental evaluation...

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