Soak in the Hot Springs Off the Million Dollar Highway

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)!


0.1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

100 ft Gain




Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Hot Springs

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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Bummed to see secret spots broadcasted online

these little sacred spaces in the world are becoming fewer and further between.....DUE TO THE FACT THEY GET POSTED ONLINE! if you like an area, get to know the locals they will tell you about the sweet spots in the world, and youll get a better understanding of how to be respectful of the area. when its broadcasted online for the world. give it a year and this spot is going to be trashed. thanks so much guys!

Hard to Find but cool spot

It is a little hard to find and smaller and not as warm as you’d expect, not a hot spring but more a warm pool but is still a cool spot to relax a minute along the million dollar highway


Hi Piper, I am looking to go here next month, but it will be snowy. Are there any more specific directions you can give to help find the springs since there probably won't be a trail with snow? I have tried google maps satellite to find it but can't quite. Thank you!

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