The only geyser in Colorado.
Soaking was prohibited, but the turquoise pond left a vivid impression.
Dunton Hot Springs
Danton Hot Springs in Colorado is a spa resort targeting the affluent.
A mining town that had become a ghost town was developed into a resort just like it was.
A cabin that cost $15 per night in 1987 is the lowest priced at $1,165 as of the time of writing in 2024.
The brown waters of Dunton are beyond the reach of most people except the wealthy.
The trailhead to Geyser Warm Springs is a four-minute drive southwest of Dunton Hot Springs.
The trail is maintained by the San Juan National Forest and is free of charge.
Start across a beautiful pedestrian bridge.
It is the only geyser in the state that can be seen, but it did not seem to be a popular trail.
Is it because it is too secluded?
From the parking lot to the geyser is 1.3miles one way.
The 500-foot elevation gain was moderate exercise.
There was one point where I had to walk across a stream, but thanks to fallen trees, I didn't get wet.
Along the way, there was a place where spring water was gushing out, and the smell of sulfur filled my nose.
Do not go off trail as the area is dotted with abandoned mines in the forest.
Arrive at the destination, Geyser Warm Spring.
Its turquoise-blue glow is impossible to miss.
The surrounding ground was discolored yellow, and the surface of the water was covered with a white film.
There was a sign warning people not to soak.
Gases containing carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide erupt every 30 minutes and the pond bubbles violently for about 10 minutes.
Soaking is prohibited due to the risk of oxygen deficiency.
The water temperature is 75 degrees, so this may not be a spot where you would want to soak unless you are an enthusiast.
The raging pond, which looked as if a Jacuzzi had been activated, was a joy to behold.