Rico Hot Springs

The Rico Hot Springs are situated next to the Dolores River, in between two settling ponds, just north of the historic mining town of Rico. In the 1980s locals connected a fiberglass hot tub to the hot springs that provides warm 100+ degree water. The hot springs were actually found by accident in the late 1970s when miners tapped the geothermal aquifer while drilling for core samples. Prior to that, there was no knowledge of the geothermal resource for at least 100 years.

The Rico Hot Springs tub is located along the San Juan Skyway, a National Scenic Byway. Soakers can enjoy views of the Dolores River, wetland habitat, Telescope Mountain and Expectation Peak.

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Latitude: 37.7009018 Longitude: -108.0302382 Elevation: 8763 ft

Recreational Opportunities

The Town of Rico and the hot springs are best suited for quiet and contemplative sorts looking for relaxing and restorative recreational experiences in a ruggedly natural and historical environment. Hiking, mountain biking, back country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities are abundant in the surrounding forest service lands. The local historical society has a museum for mining and railroad buffs, and historic mining structures and buildings abound from Rico's heyday. Visitors can refuel on four star cuisine made from locally sourced meats and produce at the Rico Argentine Grille, located in the old miners boarding house now occupied by the Rico Hotel. And the High Ground Coffee shack serves breakfast, lunch, gourmet coffees and home baked goodies seven days a week from 6 am through lunch. On weekends you can spy a few locals when they go out for casual nightlife recreation at the historic Enterprise Bar and Grill.

Seasons Accessible

The hot springs are easily accessible year round. In summer you can drive up to the springs via the forest service road immediately north of the Town of Rico. In winter you can walk, ski or snowshoe if the road is too snowy.

Fees

free

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