Soak in the Hot Springs Off the Million Dollar Highway

0.1 Miles Round Trip - 100 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Secret Hot Springs on Red Mtn Pass - Search Nearby - Added by Piper Wolters

A natural hot springs overlooking the gorgeous San Juan Mountains? Very few people know about it, so you will have it all to yourself? Count me in!! 

You will start by driving Red Mountain Pass, an experience all on its own. It is closer to get to from Silverton, but not by any means too far of a drive from Ouray. Once you reach the only huge, obvious turn in the highway, you will park at the lot right beside it (if there is any doubt that you aren't there yet, preview it on the map). From there, you will take a faint game trail up towards the right of the cliff band. It will be a short hike/scramble up yellowish reddish rocks. You will definitely know you've arrived once you reach the pool. You might even hear it beforehand. 

It is warm/hot year round, and a lovely stop after skiing, hiking, or even driving. Enjoy, relax, and be sure to do your part by removing your trash (and others)!


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Hot Springs


0.1 Miles
100 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Overall rating: 

not worth

the pools are not warm at all. Very difficult to find. Definitely hit the springs in OUray instead.

Impossible to Find

After searching for ages, I am convinced this place doesn't actually exist! The directions have to be wrong. I wouldn't waste your time.

Skip this one

This place is terrible. Waters not hot and there’s trash everywhere. Go to Orvis instead.

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