The Best Swimming in Colorado

Looking for the best swimming in Colorado? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Colorado. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top swimming spots in and near Colorado

  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Strawberry Park Hot Springs

    4.6
    No matter the time of year, if you are going to be anywhere near Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a can’t-miss experience. Steamboat is known primarily as a ski resort, but the area also offers amazing hikes and fishing in the summer, and top-notch leaf-peeping in the fall. Add a...
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  • Guffey, Colorado

    Take a Dip in Paradise Cove

    4.5
    From Colorado Springs, follow RT 24 to the town of Florissant (34.5 miles). From Florissant, follow Teller County Road 1 south for about 9.2 miles, until a Y fork, and bear right, into County Road 11. Follow County Road 11 for 4.1 miles, until a T intersection, and make a right turn at the inters...
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  • Leadville, Colorado

    Hike to Savage Lakes

    5.0
    5 mi / 1200 ft gain
    The majority of this hike traverses through the beautiful forest that is part of the Holy Cross Wilderness. No significant views are to be had until you've climbed 1,200 ft over 2.5 miles and reach lower Savage Lake. The trail is easy enough to follow with no junctions along the way, and is adjac...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack Cathedral Lake

    4.6
    5.6 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Cathedral Lake offers an excellent alternative to escape the crowds that swarm the Maroon Bells area, especially in the peak autumn season. The drive along Castle Creek Rd towards the abandoned ski town Ashcroft is lined with aspens showing off their golden hues. Parking at the trailhead is plent...
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  • Grand County, Colorado

    Soak at Radium Hot Springs

    5.0
    Starting from Mugrage Campground, cross the road and hike the steep, but short, trail that takes you up the hill and onto the plateau. From here, follow the trail parallel to the Colorado River.As you follow the trail atop the hill there are lots of intersecting jeep roads. Be careful not to get ...
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  • Twin Lakes, Colorado

    Camp at Twin Lakes' White Star Campground

    4.5
    This area is located on the other side of Independence Pass from Aspen, which is only accessible during the summer, or can be reached year-round via Leadville, which is about 20 miles away along Highway 24. From Twin Lakes Village drive approximately 1.5 miles east on Highway 82 and take the exit...
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Camp at Alta Lakes

    4.7
    Note: Camping is permitted around the lake. For more information, head to the US Forest Service website.From the Mountain Village near Telluride, drive south on CO 145 toward Lizard Head pass. A few miles before you reach the turnoff for Ophir, there's a brown forest service sign for Alta Lakes o...
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  • Creede, Colorado

    Hike to Rainbow Hot Springs

    4.5
    10 mi / 2000 ft gain
    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 crossin...
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  • Archuleta County, Colorado

    Hike to the Piedra River Hot Springs

    4.7
    3 mi
    About a 45 minute drive east of Durango, sits the trailhead for the Piedra River Hot Springs. This free use, natural hot spring on the Piedra River has several 100 degree pools. The springs are accessible via a 3 mile roundtrip hike, often with wildlife sightings along the way. The hike to the ho...
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Relax at Penny Hot Springs

    4.0
    This 20-foot pool is surrounded by beautiful peaks, and is only a short distance from the parking area. Keep in mind this spot is popular on the weekends.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Backpack to Island Lake

    5.0
    8 mi / 3000 ft gain
    From the Ice Lakes basin Trailhead, this 8 mile round trip trail with 3000 feet of elevation gain will bring you to the Ice Lakes Basin with an abundance of beautiful lakes, especially Island Lake and Ice Lake. We camped on a little shelf above Island Lake, but you can camp anywhere you find a ni...
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Hike and Swim at Devil's Punchbowl

    2.5 mi
    Drive north of Crested Butte to Schofield Pass until you come to the sticker-covered sign. Unless you have an ATV, park the car and descend along the infamous and deadly Schofield Pass Road. Follow this road past the first waterfall, which is about 500 feet from the initial sign. You will continu...
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  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado

    Relax at Glenwood Hot Springs

    4.5
    Glenwood is best known for its large hot springs pool, kept between 90 and 93 degrees, while the minerals in the water are meant to provide a natural therapy to the body. There is also a smaller therapy pool, at 104 degrees, and a spa, as well. You'll find all the amenities you need here, and wi...
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  • Silverthorne, Colorado

    Backpack to Upper Slate Lake

    5.0
    28 mi / 1386 ft gain
    Starting from the Rock Creek Trailhead parking lot, it is an up and down trek to Upper Slate Lake. The trail map states 10 miles each way, but accounting for switchbacks it ends up being closer to 14 long, hard miles.You will be among aspens and pines for the first half as you have a few moderate...
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  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado

    Quick Hike to South Canyon Hot Springs

    1.0
    0.25 mi
    A short hike takes you to these undeveloped, free use hot springs. While a little hard to find, the pools are great for a hot soak (reported between 100-112 degrees), and you'll have great views as you relax, as well. From the right side of the turnout, you will walk down a hill. After a stream c...
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  • Crested Butte, Colorado

    Hike to Meridian Lake

    4.0
    The trail starts off with a small river crossing. You can find an easier place to cross nearby, or just march right through, if you have waterproof shoes or sandals.The beginning of the trail is the hardest. You will have a steep incline for about a quarter mile, following switchbacks up to the l...
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