Colorado

Penny Hot Springs - Hot Springs in the U.S.

01/03/2022

Aspen is one of the top ski resorts in North America.

In the vicinity of the resort, there was a hot spring hotel that was closed down due to protests from local residents.

Propaganda Pie

I had made it to Penny Hot Springs in the mountains, but was getting hungry.

In the village of Redstone, less than a ten-minute drive from the hot springs, I found a pizza place named Propaganda Pie.

Propaganda Pie 01

I was surprised to find that they specialize in square deep-dish Detroit style pizza.

And delicious!

Propaganda Pie 02

The ricotta cheese underneath the large pile of arugula was fluffy and new to me.

I wondered why there was such a nice restaurant, but after thinking about it, I realized that Aspen was close by.

Alpaca
You don't seem to be interested in winter sports.
I like to soak in the snow.
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An Unusual History

Penny Hot Springs is less than an hour's drive from Aspen, Colorado, a luxury ski resort where celebrities gather.

Crystal River 01

The hot spring is located in an easy-to-find spot along State Route 133, heading south from Glenwood Hot Springs.

Reference :Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Lodge & Spa - Hot Springs in the U.S.

The world's largest hot spring pool is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It was named the "Most Fun Town In America" by Rand McNally and US Today in 2011.

Crystal River 03

A number of cars were parked on the part of the highway where the shoulder widened toward the Crystal River.

Signboard 01

Penny Hot Springs is now more of an undeveloped hot spring, but it was originally used by guests of Dan Penny, who ran a small hotel in this area.

Penny built a gender-separated bathhouse, but with the rise of hippie culture in the 1960s, guests began to take mixed baths, drawing the ire of conservative neighbors.

Pools 03

The people then bulldozed the bathhouse and threw rocks into the spring.

Eventually, under the arbitration of the county authorities, the spring was returned to its natural state in the early 1990s.

Soaking 02

Because of this historical background, clothing is officially required even in the wild.

Bank 01

It is located along the main road and is always crowded, so it would be hard to think of going in completely naked.

Source of the Springs 02

Both sides of the river near the geothermal area are cliffs with large granite rocks exposed.

Source of the Springs 01

The spring water was flowing vigorously out from under some rocks.

Water Temp 01

The water temp was 131 degrees F, so be careful not to step into it accidentally.

Pools 05

I soaked in this boiling water, mixing it with water from the Crystal River inside the many pools surrounded by rocks.

The river water was clear, so it felt good.

Pools 04

While I felt a faint smell of sulfur near the source, it was almost odorless after the river water was added.

Pools 01

The place was crowded with soakers and spectators, probably from Aspen, but all were about to be drowned out by the rising steam.

Soaking 01

Summary

Penny Hot Springs, Carbondale, Colorado, U.S.

Rating

  • Type
    Undeveloped
  • Rule
    Clothing required
  • Chlorination
    No
  • Water Temp
    Up to 131 degrees F

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