Hike to Rainbow Hot Springs

Rainbow Hot Springs

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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RT Distance 10 Miles
Elevation Gain 2000 Feet
Activities Chillin, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Hot Springs
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Just as the trees fell

One of my top hikes so far in Colorado. Peaceful. Not many people in mid June. A few falling, burnt trees along the way; A little bit of vertical rock climbing. The climbs into the trees and descents next to the water's edge were top notch. The springs itself has great views but a little tricky to get down if not in grippy shoes. I would put this hike on my short list to revisit and maybe camp this time.

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!


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