Geyser Spring

Cortez, Colorado 81321

Geyser Spring

Geyser Spring Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"There are hot springs scattered across Western Colorado—from Steamboat Springs in northwest Colorado, to Glenwood Springs in west-central Colorado, to Dunton Hot Springs in southwest Colorado. Geyser Spring is Colorado’s only true geyser, though. Located along the West Dolores River not far from Dunton in the San Juan Mountains, this geyser doesn’t erupt like Old Faithful, but it does rumble to a sulfur-infused boiling point for 12 to 15 minutes every 40 minutes or so."

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100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Short and easy, the hike to Geyser Springs reveals one of Colorado’s most surprising geological features: the state’s only true geyser."

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A nice easy trail winds through aspen and spruce forest, gaining about 500' of elevation in 1.25 miles from the trailhead parking lot on the south side of the road to Dunton Hot Springs Resort. Pass a couple of stinking springs and seeps along the way.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
551 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
June to Oct
San Juan National Forest, Dolores Ranger District, 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO; (970) 882-7296;
Local Contacts
Dolores Peak, CO and Groundhog Mountain, CO; San Juan National Forest Service Map; BLM 1: 100,000 Dove Creek, CO
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