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Rainbow Hot Springs

Pagosa Springs, CO
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Description: Hikers can look forward to a good soak at these popular hot springs, which are set in rock beside the West Fork of the San Juan River.
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The rainbow trail is a nice long hike through aspen and conifer forests that includes several nice water crossings with a great trestle bridge over one of the crossings. However, the springs are not what you are probably thinking they are. It is a small area pooled up by rocks that folks have put in place over the years. It... More

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

First time in Hot Springs and we really enjoyed it. Loved the natural set up. Sulfur smell took a little getting used to.

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Rainbow Hot Springs is not a commercial facility. They are located in the San Juan river along in the Weminuche Wilderness Area. These springs are located about 5 miles from West Fork trailhead. The hike is gorgeous but can be a bit demanding for a flatlander. It is mostly above 8000 ft so acclimation can be an issue. Be prepared... More

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
11 reviews 11 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

This hike is 4 miles long and mostly uphill at elevations above 8000 feet. Wear appropriate clothing, and bring plenty of water. If you are willing to invest the effort you will be rewarded with one of the gems of the San Juan Mountains. If you go on a weekday or very early you can have these springs all to... More

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