South Canyon Hot Springs

South Canyon Hot Springs

South Canyon Hot Springs is a set of undeveloped hot springs pools in the wilderness outside of Glenwood Springs. It requires a short hike to get too, but the reward is worth it. The one or two pools available are located on a hillside with exceptional views of the surrounding landscape.


There is one primary pool at the South Canyon Hot Springs. It varies in size and temperature, depending on the elements. The temperature could be anywhere from 100 to 112° F. Another smaller pool may be available. Sometimes the second pool gets too murky to use.


Primitive, undeveloped hot springs; Some people go without clothes; Could be sketch

Getting There

From Glenwood Springs – Take I-70 W for 4.8 miles until you reach Exit 111 toward South Canyon. Exit there and take the left onto Co Rd 134/South Canyon Creek Rd. Go 1.2 miles and parking will be on the right. It’s about a 1/2 mile after the road crosses the Colorado River.

The hike is only an 1/8 mile from the parking lot. The path is well-worn and is found on the right side of the turnout. Go down the hill, over a stream and up to the springs on the hillside. The springs are tough to see until you are standing at them.

Read our feature on South Canyon Hot Springs.

Penny Hot Springs is another primitive choice near Glenwood Springs.


Address: Garfield County (near Glenwood Springs)

Season: Summer to early fall

Type: Primitive, 1/8 mile hike access

Price: Free

Clothing: Optional