Hot Springs

After a challenging day of hiking, climbing, biking, winter cross country skiing, or other outdoor activity, you can soak your sore muscles in a steaming hot springs pool!

Area hot springs have become popular year-round with Carbondale visitors as well as locals. A dip into a pool of natural hot mineral spring water can provide soothing overall relaxation. Surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and spanning canyons, the views only add to the total rejuvenating and restorative experience.

Whether you prefer soaking during the summer or fall, or would rather have an invigorating time in the brisk winter months with the contrast of steaming water next to snow-covered slopes, you are sure to enjoy the therapeutic qualities of a continually flowing natural hot spring.

Learn about the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

Some Tips for Being a Responsible Visitor at Penny Hot Springs

  • How to Find: Penny Hot Springs is located 3.2 miles north of the main (south) entrance to Redstone on HWY 133. Look for mile marker 55 and the parking turnout and take care when accessing from the busy highway.
  • When to Go: The pools can get flooded during spring snowmelt run-off, summer and fall or winter are good times to experience the springs safely. Early evenings and weekends can be busy, so why not pick another time of day, to have the best experience.
  • Pack In, Pack Out: These are primitive hot springs with extremely limited amenities: there is a porta-potty but no trash container, so pack out everything you bring in.
  • Limit the Crowds: Penny Hot Springs is small in capacity—about 20 feet across and 2 feet deep so enough room for about 10-12 people, and limited parking for about 20 cars only on the side of the highway. Consider visiting another local hot spring instead, such as Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs or Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs.
  • Be a Good Bather: Please exercise common decency around your fellow bathers with regard to communal behavior.
  • Please Note: Access to the hot springs is down steep rocks on the side of the riverbank which can be tricky and dangerous at times. Please take care to preserve the natural environment. Usage is at your own risk.
  • For more information on the Penny Hot Springs management plan, visit:


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Jul 26
>53rd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair
53rd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair

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Jul 27
>Carbondale Clay Center’s Mountain Fair Pottery Throwdown Relay
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Jul 28
>Porcupine Loop Bike Race
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>August First Friday
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Aug 10

Sopris Gymkhana Club


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Aug 11
>Summer Park Concert Series
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