Hike to Rainbow Hot Springs

Colorado Rainbow Hot Springs

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While this hot spring can be a bit difficult to find, your efforts are well rewarded with a nice hot soak.

The hot springs are located about 5 miles into a beautiful hike past waterfalls, cliffs, and wildflowers. Once you come across a large waterfall on your right, you are close to the springs. After one more creek crossing, turn left to find the springs. Keep in mind that some of these creek crossings can be tricky if the water levels are high. Close to the hot springs are a number of primitive camp sites, as well.

Photo Credit: Scrubhiker (USCdyer)

Pack List

  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection
  • Extra socks
  • Water
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Activities:

Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

10 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Hot Springs
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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How to Get There

9 days ago

Beautiful Hike But Farther Than Marked

This is a great hike back into some beautiful views of the river, however there is a sign marked 4 miles from that point and it is more like 6 miles. So after 4 miles keep going. Most people get frustrated and go back to soon. Shallow pools and hard to get to. Just go and enjoy the amazing hike and if you want to do a 12 miler then the hot springs may be a treat! Have fun!

9 days ago

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