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“Real Authentic Super Fun HOT SPRINGS- secret spot”

Piedra River Hot Springs
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Owner description: Mineral hot springs located near Pagosa Springs.
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This is a SUMMERTIME adventure hike, AFTER the snow has melted, and the water level is generally lower than the areas of the hiker made pools. Begin by taking a short 6 mile trip from an un named major colorado highway, in a non disclosed direction. park at the parking area. place the items in your auto in the trunk, or even better, leave them in your room. descend down the trailhead about 1.5 miles. when you reach a Y, take a right for a few hundred yards. Look for wild life and an occasional naked bather. wear a disguise for privacy from other hikers with cameras. as hikers reach the river, look out for pools formed by other hikers stacking rocks in pool formations (THESE ARE THE HOT TUBS with hot water trickling from the bottom-very soothing and relaxing). It's a fun hike, fun, interesting, and very soothing bathe in the natural hot springs. Take some snacks and beverages, maybe an aspirin, ibuprofen, icy hot cream, extra socks, towel, clean t shirt, hand lotion, shampoo, conditioner, gps, just for fun and extra comfort. Drive the first 6 miles in a rental car or someone else's car, There may be a rough or rugged road conditions (rocks ripping a low hanging oil pan).

Date of experience: August 2014
9  Thank sagotk
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

Okay, the hike is BEAUTIFUL, but it is an @ss kicker!!! I am not sure what the elevation drop is on the way but it is enough that when you are going down, you DREAD the return trip up. Then when you are on the return trip, you hate life. Again, it IS beautiful! The springs themselves were NOT worth the effort for me. We found a naked guy in the best ones which wasn't cool for my 15 year old daughter (or her twin brother... or my wife... or me). I know, clothing optional but Jesus... We attempted to construct a large pool by diverting hot spring water - that was actually fun. Saw some wildlife which was cool. Had a good time but don't count on the hot springs as the reward...

Date of experience: July 2015
4  Thank JimiM216
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

The Piedra River Hot Springs Web site has very accurate directions. Trust them, it takes a while to get there. 6.7 mile dirt road off of 160. The First Fork 166 dirt road has a sign for Sheep Creek Trail. This is the trail head. From there, hike down toward the river. Once at the meadow, ponderosa pine river camp turn right on to the single track. Keep going about a half mile. Along the way you will see various camp sites with fire pits and access to the river.

The hot springs are a set of 5 or so pools along the river.
This would be great for an over night or a day hike / picnic.
Expect to see others on the path with dogs.

It is an al natural springs, so if you don't mind being "nudey scooty" in front of others then go ahead. I wore my suit.

Date of experience: July 2015
7  Thank Shelli R
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

These hot springs are the natural ones on the Piedra river in the National forest They are not the commercial operation in downtown Pagosa Springs on the San Juan river that is shown in the picture. If is a about a 3 mile roundtrip hike from a forest service road several miles from highway 160. Stop in to the Pagosa ranger station and ask for directions. You descend a steep hillside to the Piedra river and then follow it upstream to a couple of rocky pools on the banks of the river. You will want to visit when the river is running low. Each time we visited, the area had a fair bit of foot traffic.

Date of experience: July 2014
11  Thank HighlandTinker
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The pools are a bit pricey but you can access every pool for an extra $5. The pools are so varied in temperature it is easy to spend at lot of time in the hot springs without feeling sick or unhealthy. Would certainly come back agian

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank Ryan H
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