Rico in the State of Colorado was settled as a silver mining center.
Some natural Jacuzzis are in the suburbs of the town.
Rico #1 thermal spring
Rico flourished in the late nineteenth centuries; over 5,000 people were living in this area.
Passing by the rundown downtown, after crossing the bridge on the Dolores River, I found one of the hot springs.
On the large tufa mound in the riverside, there were two tubs.
Clothing is optional here; however remember that anyone can see you from the road.
Going down the steep slope, let's go the riverbed.
It is very slippery, so sliding down can be safer.
Hot water is extensively gushing in the rock walled pool coated with mineral deposits.
The water outlet was beside the bump of tufa.
It looked like boiling, but actually was around 108 degrees, amazingly comfortable temperature for soaking.
Overflowed water creates a slight channel on the mound.
Another tub is closer to the river; around 100 degrees F.
Only the water input is from the upper tub.
Finally the hot water flows in the river here.
When talking about the freshness of the water, the upper tab is surely the best.
This is truly a miraculous natural Jacuzzi in Colorado.
I appreciate the nature's bounty, and locals who maintain this place in a good condition.
Rico #2 thermal spring
In fact there are other two sources in the opposite side of the Dolores River.
No.2 is behind the pond.
A rustic changing room is on the way.
This hot spring accompanies with emission of natural gas too.
Water temp is the same, around 108 degrees F.
The pool is so small that it may not be for soaking.
Overflowed water flows thought a PVC pipe.
The tub is at the excellent location right next to the river.
The water temp was warm around 102 degrees F, suitable for lazy soaking.
Rico #3 thermal spring
No.3 is on the way from No.2 to an abandoned mine.
I noticed a pipe roaring beside the road.
It was the sound of pressured natural gas.
This hot spring is the largest and worth seeing.
It is now beyond a Jacuzzi, rather a natural washing machine.
My appreciation to the great outdoor changed to the awe to the working of nature.
Rico Hot Springs, Rico, Colorado, U.S.
- RuleClothing optional
- Water tempUp to 108 degrees F