Penny Hot Springs, Colorado

A natural hot spring is a mineral spring with free-flowing water, where is no commercial facilities.

Normally such places are in secluded areas.

Penny Hot Springs in Colorado is, on the other hand, one of  exceptions.

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

Colorado is the highest part, which is famous for the beautiful scenery and skiing-mecca.

Penny Hot Springs

Beside the highway between Glenwood Springs and Ouray, I found a parking lot at the riverside.

View from Parking Lot

I looked across the Crystal River in the picture-book scenery.

Some people were gathering at the riverside.

Full View

Going down the bank, I saw several pools made of rocks.


Be careful for the extremely hot water.


The water temp is around 133 degrees F.


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

Tepid Pool

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

Hot Pool2

The quality of water is not so characteristic, without odor.

Hot Pool3

I had to add river water, but the river water looked clean enough.

Hot Pool1

This place is one of the exceptions of natural hot springs, which is easy to access.


Penny Hot Springs, Carbondale, Colorado, USA



Too easy to find from the highway!

  • Walk-in: Yes
  • Lodging: No

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

For those who do not prefer natural hot springs, a clean hot spring for walk-in is located at the riverside.

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