Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

18 Miles Round Trip - 2500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Conundrum Creek Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Kyle Frost

The reward for this 18 mile (round-trip) hike in Maroon Bells-Snowmass is two beautiful hot spring pools with incredible views.

After picking up your required overnight permit, start your morning with a coffee in Aspen, then drive out 15 min to the trailhead at the end of Conundrum Creek road. The trail is a straight shot 9 miles up the valley, through expansive meadows and an always incredible view of the mountains and aspens that cover the slopes.

There are 16 campsites in the area of the hot springs, varying in protection from the elements and distance from the springs. Choose wisely based on weather conditions and how far you'd like to walk after getting out from a long soak.

The springs themselves are spectacular. The upper pool can hold a LOT of people, if you're all really friendly, as we found out. There is also a slightly smaller, cooler pool just downstream. If bringing kids, be aware that the upper pools is often clothing optional.

If you're looking to hang out for a few days, you can tackle the nearby Triangle pass or Conundrum Peak.

NOTE: Beginning April 2018, Conundrum Hot Springs will be transitioning to an overnight permit/reservation system.

All overnight users to this area will be required to purchase a permit prior to their visit, which can be purchased at recreation.gov.

You can find additional information here, or get in touch with the White River National Forest at (970) 963-2266.

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18 Miles
2500 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Only one Usable pool. Not very hot!

Not hot enough to stay warm when it’s cold below 50degrees outside or raining or snowing

Beautiful Hot Spring Pool

I was rewarded for this 18 mile (round-trip) hike in Maroon Bells-Snowmass with a beautiful hot spring pool with incredible views.

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wowowowow this was such an amazing hike!! so worth it as you go back and forth across giant meadows and then back through the forest. there are creeks you have to cross and always an interesting crowd once you get to the top. highest hot spring in america and it is definitely one of my favorites!!