Geyser Springs Trail is a hidden gem located off the beaten path near Dunton Hot Springs in Southwest Colorado. One-of-a-kind hike featuring the only geyser in Colorado. We loved it; it will be one we will always remember! 

 

Trail Stats and Map to the Trailhead located at the Bottom

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We found the trailhead on Dunton Rd/County Road 38/NFSR #53, 22 miles from Hwy 145 between Dolores and Telluride, CO., just a couple miles before reaching the historic 1800s mining town of Dunton, CO, now known as the exclusive Dunton Hot Springs Resort. The 22-mile drive (starts paved, ends dirt) was one of the prettiest fall drives we’ve driven!

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We found the trailhead easy to find with new signage and a large parking area; however, we are the only ones here. It’s a lovely setting as we start across a bridge over the Dolores River. Not long we are surrounded by layers of fallen leaves covering every inch of the trail and terrain. A fall lovers dream.

Views from across the road peeking through the path as we hike upward are stunning. 

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The trail is mild, with gentle ups and downs among dark-colored rocks. Remnants of old mining in the area are abundant, and the unpleasant smell of rotten eggs permeates the air in several sections. On the way up, we heard water bubbling and found (photo above) a small geyser just under the surface alongside the trail. At first, it was shocking, thinking, are we walking on troubled ground? 

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Sounds of gurgling and a sign stating “Sensitive Area.” means we have almost arrived. I can see snippets of turquoise color ahead.

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Geyser Spring lies in a pool the size of a hot tub. After several minutes, it erupts into intense gurgling and bubbling, and sulfur smells abound.

There is a warning sign: Dangerous carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide gasses are depleting the oxygen on the water’s surface — no swimming or sitting in it. It could kill you.

What a sight to see. We didn’t stay long, but it was unique to witness! 

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On the way back, I hiked slowly, taking in the sounds of fallen leaves crunching beneath our boots and the beauty surrounding us. It is a perfect end-of-fall hike and a true hidden gem!

TIDBITS

2.9 miles out & back

Rated: Moderate

San Juan National Forest

No Restroom

Nearest Towns: Dolores & Rico, CO

No Cell Service

 

 

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