Situated on the banks of the Dolores River, Rico Hot Springs is a locals’ favorite, although it’s private and trespassing to enter. The private primitive hot springs has two small pools, a short walk apart.
UPDATE: These hot springs are NOT located on public land. It is private property. Rico Hot Springs is now closed to the public and it’s considered trespassing if you go.
The first hot springs reached is the most popular and developed. It features a large fiberglass tub filled with hot mineral water, around 100°F, piped from the source. Some wooden benches are located by the pool, but there no other amenities. It’s located only a short distance from the parking area.
The second hot springs pool is about 100 yards upstream, on the other side of the river. It’s not as developed and can be murkier.
The hot springs were found in the late 1970s when miners drilled the geothermal aquifer while searching for core samples. It could’ve been used prior, but no knowledge was recorded.
Take Highway 145, aka San Juan Skyway, south from Telluride. After crossing the Dolores River bridge in the town of Rico, take a left onto a gravel road. Take the next left on a small road that leads by a metal building. You’ll pass a few small ponds before reaching the parking area. These are on private property and should be avoided.
Season: Year round
Type: Primitive & Private