Grand County, Colorado

Soak at Radium Hot Springs

Originally added by Bryan Young

A short hike will take you to a beautiful and relaxing hot spring that sits adjacent to the Colorado River. It’s a perfect place to chill with friends, have a scenic picnic, or relax after a nice hiking trek.

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 anxious and turn left or right on these roads. Stay true to the trail (which will not look like a jeep road) and keep parallel to the river, hiking northeast.

Even though they may look like a wonderful road to the hot spring, the jeep roads will not take you where you want to go. If you do mistakenly a left turn on the road it will take you downhill and to the bank of the Colorado River. A mistaken right turn will bring have you climb higher on a ridge and away from the river.

About a mile down the trail you will find yourself near a clearing with fire rings atop a cliff on the river’s bank. There is a gap in the cliff at which at the bottom sits the rock pool that contains Radium Hot Springs. Carefully shimmy down the slope to the springs and enjoy! The springs are not too hot, about 80-90 degree F as they mix slightly with the cool Colorado River that flows adjacent to the spring.

Also, there is free camping atop the ridge on the BLM land. As always, remember to follow Leave No Trace principals and use pre-made fire rings.

GPS: N39.95993 W106.54072

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Chillin
Swimming
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Hot Springs
River
Romantic
Scenic

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Easy Access

Campsite is right off the highway with 2 secluded spots but totally worth the short hike to radium springs!! Enjoy

Will Go Back!

There is a short hike up and minor climb down to get to the springs and before you know it, you're there! This place was absolutely beautiful. I went with a couple of co-workers and they cliff jumped into the river while I soaked in the springs. The river is high right now so the springs can be a bit cold but I had a fantastic time. I'll be back.

Great Place!

Awesome spot, pretty remote place, sadly I went when the springs were still cold but can't wait to go back and camp!

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