Pinkerton Hot Springs

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  • Address: San Juan National Forest, 35554 US-550, Durango, CO 81301, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Hot Spring, Leisure, Family And Kids

Pinkerton Hot Springs - Review

The Pinkerton Hot Springs are nature’s gift to the tiny town of Durango. Located a few miles out of town on Highway 550, these springs were discovered in the early 1800s by James Pinkerton. The towns people would use these springs as health retreats as they believed the water had healing properties. The actual spot from where the water gushes out from the earth are covered by a man-made rock pile. The water’s minerals have made the rocks colourful with time. It is just off the road so it is hard to miss such an exquisite formation. Visitors can soak their feet in water and splash about in the stream. The water is lukewarm most of the year but its temperature can often vary.

Pinkerton Hot Springs Information

  • The rocks can be quite slippery so be careful when walking on them.
  • It is best to remove your shoes before entering the water.

How To reach Pinkerton Hot Springs by Public Transport

  • You will have to hire a car to get here.

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TripHobo Highlights for Pinkerton Hot Springs

  • Pinkerton Hot Springs Address: San Juan National Forest, 35554 US-550, Durango, CO 81301, USA, United States
  • Pinkerton Hot Springs Timing: 24-hrs
  • Pinkerton Hot Springs Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Pinkerton Hot Springs(preferred time): 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Pinkerton Hot Springs: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Pinkerton Hot Springs

  • 92.13% of people who visit Durango include Pinkerton Hot Springs in their plan

  • 51.26% of people start their Pinkerton Hot Springs visit around 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Pinkerton Hot Springs

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pinkerton Hot Springs

People normally club together San Juan National Forest and Historic Downtown Durango while planning their visit to Pinkerton Hot Springs.

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Pinkerton Hot Springs, Durango Reviews

  • When we first visited, we were expecting a lot more from this "hot spring"... the water is only luke-warm and the "formation" felt hollow as we tapped on it. GOOD NEWS is - one of our guides told us later about the history of that hot spring. Story goes something like this... that hot spring is actually on the other side of the street and would flow across the highway and cause a giant sheet of ice. So, the highway department piped the water under the highway and created a place for it to flow... NOW YOU KNOW ! ! ! (assuming that the guide knew what he was talking about)

  • A great place to pull off of the highway and take pictures. Luke warm water from the spring and the air is filled with the aroma of minerals. Nice and relaxing to rest for a bit. Unmanned roadside attraction with an informational plaque.

  • Stopped here for the 1st time and it was ok. Not really exciting just a volcano looking pile of rocks with hot water oozing out. There was a bath tub under one of the edges. I'm assuming someone put it there to be able to catch some water and soak in. It did smell like sulfer and be careful cause the red coloring from the rocks stains clothes and gets on the soles of your shoes and you will track it into your vehicle. Pretty cool for just a quick stop.

  • Right on the side of the road. There only hot spring I could find that wasn't a "resort". The water is warm not hot. There is a board that has some local history of the springs a few feet away

  • Quick roadside stop on the way to Silverton, CO. The spring is easily accessible and there is some limited parking available. The water is warm and not hot. The color on the rocks look great due to the mineral deposits. Other than this one spring there is not much else to see here.

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