Waunita Hot Springs to Waunita Pass

Gunnison, Colorado 81247

Waunita Hot Springs to Waunita Pass

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Waunita Hot Springs Resort has been in business for more than fifty years, and remains a favorite day-use and overnight stay location for skiers and snowshoers. It is estimated that
there are more than a hundred hot springs scattered throughout the valley, and their use dates back to the time when only the Ute Indians occupied the area. The springs range from 110º to 190ºF, and they produce over 4 million gallons of hot water every day.

The springs are named for the Indian maiden Waunita, who, legend has it, fell in love with a Shoshone warrior. The warrior was killed in battle, and the maiden wandered the valley grieving. She died a few days later and was buried in a cave. The legend tells that these hot springs sprang forth from where her tears had fallen. Today, one of these springs heats the swimming pool water at the resort to a year-round 95º."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
3 to 6 hours
8,990 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,303 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Gunnison National Forest
Local Contacts
Ungroomed, but often tracked by skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers
Trail/Surface Quality

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Dec 2018