Penny Hot Springs

The Penny Hot Springs sit on the banks of the Crystal River, a short drive south from Carbondale. Sitting at the mouth of the Narrows, a granite section of the canyon cut by the Crystal River, they are easily found at a large parking lot on the east side of Highway 133, a few hundred feet north of mile marker 55. The springs are named for Dan Penny, who kept a small hotel on the railroad line upstream of Avalanche Creek.

Some Tips to Enjoy your Hot Springs Visit:

  • 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
  • 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, in order to have the best experience
  • Pack In, Pack Out: These primitive hot springs have a port-a-potty bathroom and no trash containers. Please be mindful and pack out everything you bring in, do not bring glass, and Leave No Trace
  • 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. If the parking lot is full, why not visit another local hot springs 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 regards to communal behavior, also no amplified music and no drones
  • No Pets allowed: dogs and other pets are not allowed at Penny Hot Springs
  • No camping is permitted at Penny Hot Springs

Please Note: Access is tricky and dangerous, at times. Please respect and preserve. Usage is at your own risk.

For more information visit the Pitkin County Website