Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

18 miles 2500 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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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Relaxing weekend

This was such a rewarding gorgeous hike the whole way through! It's a bit longer but the increase in elevation is gradual throughout the whole hike so it is very manageable. One things that is good to know is campsites 1-8 as well as 12-14 are pretty close to the hot springs, short walk, busier and potentially louder. Sites 9-11 & 15-20 (17-20 are a bit further away but are the closest destinations on the way in) are a good 1/2 mile hike across the river to access the hot springs, although these locations are more private and spacious campsites so depending on what you prefer in your site, it is something to consider.

Only one Usable pool. Not very hot!

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

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about 2 years ago

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.

colorado country

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!!

Hiked From Crested Butte Side

We had two groups- one hiked in from Aspen, the other came from Crested Butte. We met at the hot springs, camped for the night, traded car keys, and completed our respective through hikes. The springs are great, more people than I would generally camp around, but everyone was friendly. Great views, several Aspen groves, lots of flowers, I really enjoyed it!

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