If there’s one thing OutThere Colorado readers seem to love more than anything else, it’s hot springs…and Colorado has plenty of them. From some that are more like ritzy health spas to others that are in the middle of nowhere and completely unregulated, there’s a hot spring for everyone in this state. One of the most unique hot springs in Colorado is Conundrum Hot Springs. Not only is it clothing optional and surrounded by the natural beauty of Colorado mountains, it’s also an 8.5 mile hike to get there.

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Waking up to a nice cold morning up at Conundrum Hot Springs. Photo Credit: Pierce Martin (flickr)

The trail is said to be long but manageable, with a variety of terrain including a good amount of flat walking. That being said, it’s length means it takes 4 to 7 hours to complete one-way.

The trail to access Conundrum Hot Springs is located off of Conundrum Creek Trail in the middle of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Elevation gain during the hike is around 2,500 feet, or 3,000 feet if you’re going both ways. This isn’t surprising, considering that the hot spring is at roughly 11,000 feet.

Conundrum Hot Spring is made up of two main pools and four other springs, with average temperatures hanging around 100 degree Fahrenheit.

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Conundrum Hot Springs
Conundrum Hot Springs

If you’re making the hike, you’ll eventually hit Conundrum Hot Springs around treeline in a valley surrounded by Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak, two 14ers, as well as Cathedral Peak, a 13,943’ mountain.

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