Conundrum Creek #1981


Map of Conundrum Hot Springs Zone

Map of Conundrum Hot Springs Zone, where a permit is required for overnight stays.

view from Conundrum Hot Springs

ALERT:  A permit is required for overnight stays within the Conundrum Hot Springs Zone, shown in red on the map above. This zone includes: all of Conundrum Creek Valley from Silver Dollar Pond to Triangle Pass, and Conundrum Hot Springs. This permit must be acquired in advance at

The Conundrum Creek Trail, in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, generally parallels Conundrum Creek weaving 8.5 miles and 2,500 vertical feet up the valley and through the woods and meadows to the popular Conundrum Hot Springs. The best time to visit Conundrum Hot Springs is July through September. From early October to late June, the campsites and trail are snow covered and the trailhead is inaccessible. Avalanche hazards exist in the valley. Snow makes route finding difficultMt. Hayden looms at the start of the hike followed by views of Cathedral Peak, Conundrum Peak and Castle Peak. The trail crosses Conundrum Creek three times before the hot springs.The first crossing at 2.5 miles and the second at 6 miles are spanned by primitive log bridges. The third crossing requires wading through the creek. This creek crossing can be hazardous, especially during spring runoffs. At 8 miles, there are remnants of a cabin, and the hot springs are just ahead on the left on the other side of the creek. A log bridge spans the creek for accessing the hot springs.

View Conundrum Creek Trail Guide (PDF)

At a Glance

Permit Info:
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Conundrum Creek Trail is within the Maroon Bell-Snowmass Wilderness, please educate yourself about Wilderness Ethics & Regulations.
  • OVERNIGHT PERMIT REQUIRED for overnight stays within the Conundrum Hot Springs Zone (permit camp site map). View Forest Order
  • BEAR RESISANT CONTAINERS REQUIRED for all overnight visitors. IGBC approved bear canisters must be capable of holding all scented items (including toiletries, garbage, dog food, etc.)
  • HUMAN WASTE:  Human waste bags (WAG) bags are highly recommended and are available free of charge at the trailhead. WAG bags must be packed out. Learn how to use a WAG bag. If a WAG bag is not used, visitors are required to deposit solid human waste in holes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet (70 paces) from water, camp and trails.
  • NO DOGS beyond the second stream crossing at the Silver Dollar Pond.
  • DOGS MUST BE LEASHED out of consideration for both other people and wildlife.
  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is 10 people. Each designated campsite in the Conundrum Hot Springs Permit Zone has an individual maximum number of people allowed to camp at the site (from 2-6 people).
  • CAMPFIRES ARE PROHIBIITED at all designated sites at Conundrum Hot Springs and above 10,800 feet. Lightweight camp stoves are recommended.
Closest Towns: Aspen, CO
Water: Treat & filter all water sources. Protect water quality with proper waste disposal.
Information Center: Aspen-Sopris Ranger District

General Information


From Aspen, CO drive ½ mile west on Highway 82 to the Roundabout. Go around the Roundabout and turn right onto Castle Creek Road. Drive approximately 5 miles up Castle Creek Road and then turn right onto Conundrum Road. Continue 1.1 miles to a parking lot at the trailhead. Be careful not to stray onto the numerous private driveways found along the road. Trailhead parking is limited.

Parking is prohibited on Conundrum Road. This narrow road is on a county right-of-way over private property. Vehicles are towed.

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  Area/Length : 
8.5 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
8,700' - 11,200'