Reminder: Overnight camping permits for Conundrum Hot Springs available April 18

Media contacts: Shelly Grail, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, 970-404-3155

Kate Jerman, Public Affairs, 970-948-1894

Reminder: Overnight camping permits for Conundrum Hot Springs available April 18

ASPEN, COLO. – Apr. 16, 2018 –The Forest Service would like to remind the public that the new, overnight camping permit reservation process for Conundrum Hot Springs in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness begins 8:00 a.m. MT on April 18, 2018. Permits will be required year-round for camping in the vicinity of Conundrum Hot Springs, an area roughly 4 miles in length that includes all of Conundrum Creek Valley from Silver Dollar Pond to Triangle Pass, including Conundrum Hot Springs.

Overnight permits will be available for reservation according to the following schedule:

  • Overnight permits for April 18-July 31, 2018: Available at 8:00 a.m. MT on April 18, 2018. Please Note: Starting in 2019, overnight permits for April 1-July 31 will be available on Feb. 15 of each year at 8:00 a.m. MT
  • Overnight permits for Aug. 1-Nov. 30: Available on June 15 of each year at 8:00 a.m. MT
  • Overnight permits for Dec. 1-March 31: Available Oct. 15 of each year at 8:00 a.m. MT

Details for how to reserve a permit are available here or by visiting and searching “Conundrum Hot Springs Permit.” Overnight campers will be required to make reservations in advance for campsites in the permit zone. Each designated campsite has an individual maximum number of people allowed to camp at the site (from 2-6 people). The maximum length of stay from June 1-Sept. 1 is three nights and there is a seven night maximum stay the rest of the year. Initially, 17 campsites will be available for reservation. Three additional campsites will be added in the summer of 2018 for a total of 20 campsites.

Permits will only be available online at Ranger stations will not issue permits. Permit seekers are advised to set up an account on in advance of permit release dates. Once released, permits will be available on a first come, first served basis with a limit of two permits per person, per calendar year. Additionally, visitors accessing Conundrum Hot Springs from Copper Creek, near Crested Butte, will need to obtain a permit to camp in the Conundrum Hot Springs permit zone.

Although permits are available for reservation year-round, trail and parking conditions from the months of September through May vary greatly based on snowfall and weather. Parking at the Conundrum trailhead is typically not available until late May when the road to the trailhead is plowed. Parking is prohibited on Conundrum Road throughout the year. Winter and early spring users are encouraged to make transportation arrangements ahead of time and expect extended hiking in snowy and icy conditions through potentially dangerous avalanche terrain. For more information on avalanche safety please visit our partners at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Additionally, it is not uncommon to have snow completely covering or partially covering campsites during the winter and spring months and into early July. If campsites are snow-covered, visitors may select an appropriate ‘on-snow’ location for camping.

Prior to any trip to Conundrum Hot Springs, users are encouraged to check current road and trail condition reports by calling the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at (970) 963-2266. Please visit Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for an informational video on how to visit Conundrum Hot Springs.