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Rainbow Hot Springs

Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
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Address: Pagosa Springs, CO
Activities: Hiking
Description: Hikers can look forward to a good soak at these popular hot springs, which...
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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Recovered from the Avalanche

It is a 4.5 to 5 mile moderate hike to the springs. I have been going for many years and the pool was set down a hill alongside the river. Beautiful. A few years back we hiked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is a 4.5 to 5 mile moderate hike to the springs. I have been going for many years and the pool was set down a hill alongside the river. Beautiful. A few years back we hiked up to the springs and was disappointed to find it was completely destroyed by an avalanche. We have not been back since but... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The springs are so soothing after a day of hiking to Silver Falls and driving up to Big Meadow and beyond. The towels were warm and the lockers rooms were clean. The springs were relaxing in the extreme. I was worn out when we left and slept like a baby that night.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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13 attraction reviews
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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