Penny Hot Springs, Colorado

Do you know hot springs in wilderness?

These are hot springs with free-flowing water and at the same time, there are no commercial facilities.

Accordingly, almost all hot springs in wilderness are open-air baths, and the difference is that no one maintains the places.

Normally such places are in a secluded area, but there is an exception.

The Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range in western North America; they stretch more than 3,000 miles from the northernmost part of British in Canada to New Mexico in the United States.


Photo by Todd Petrie – Reflecting (2017) / CC BY 2.0

Out of them, Colorado are at the highest part, and they are famous for not only the beautiful scenery, but also many ski sites.

Beside highway

Beside the highway between Glenwood Springs and Ouray, you will see a parking lot at the riverside.

View from Parking Lot

From the point, you can look across the fresh stream in the picture-book scenery.

Look at the people gathering at the riverside.

Full View

Going down the bank, you will find several tubs made of rocks.

Watch out the extremely hot source of the springs.

Source of Springs

Here is the gushing point and it is too hot for soak.

Probably the major source is under the highway that is gushing from the bank.

The hot water is mixed with river water inside each tab.

Hottest Tub

The quality of water is not so characteristic  and hot enough for soak.

Indeed, you have to add water, but the river water looks sufficiently clean.

Here is a rare case of hot springs in wilderness where is easy to reach.

Penny Hot Springs, Carbondale, Colorado, USA
Official WebsiteNO

Related hot springs

It is 50 minutes’ drive from Penny Hot Springs to get to Glenwood Springs.

For those who do not like hot springs in wilderness, at the riverside there is a hot spring facility for walk-in.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

Here you do not have to worry about the cleanliness.

Leave a Reply

Ken Springfield