A secluded collection of pools in a beautiful wilderness location. Essentially undeveloped, wilderness location. Conundrum is one of Colorado’s most exquisite settings, and if you pick your time carefully, your visit there can be an outstanding, secluded experience. The pools vary in size and temperature, but the larger pools average about 102 degrees F, depending on the season. Some small pools are fed by a length of plastic pipe from higher sources, and they are cooler. The pools are craters of rock hewn into their present shape over years of visitation, and they make for great soaking. The larger pools are more than 3 feet deep and have room for several people, if need be. No matter which pool you fancy or which direction you face, you will have superb views of the surrounding rocky spires and alpine terrain. Steep avalanche chutes and pockets of snow that almost never leave, waterfalls, and the bright greens and flowers of short-life-span plants are all around you. If you feel that you are on top of the world, its because you nearly are, at nearly 12,000 feet in elevation. Look down the long valley you have just ascended and marvel at the clear view and the expanse of beauty while you soak in your little hot pot high in the wilderness. It’s the same view that early miners and native Indians savored for generations. If you stay for the night and are blessed with clear skies, you may be dazzled by the sight of more stars than you ever thought existed, seemingly so close you can reach out and take one to guide your way back to the tent. You might ask yourself if life could get any better. Savor the pure pleasure of clear, high mountain air and the tingle in your toes that says you have earned this view and the soothing warmth of water nearly perfect in temperature.
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