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Geyser Spring Trail (648)
Beginning at the newly constructed parking area, the Geyser Spring Trail starts by crossing the West Dolores River. There is currently no foot bridge across the river on Forest Service Land, so it is important you wait for high water levels to drop before attempting to hike this trail. Spring runoff is not a good time to attempt this hike. There are rocks, however, that have been strategically placed for your convenience. Please watch small children carefully. Hikers are encouraged to respect adjacent land owner’s private property and not trespass across their bridge.The trail rises approximately 500 feet in elevation from its beginning to end. There are several relatively gently sloped switchbacks that take you through a series of small meadows and aspen stands. Evidence of mining activity is apparent in the area.The trail ends up at a small warm pool fed by the only true geyser in the state of Colorado. Although the frequency of the eruptions varies, 30 to 40 minute intervals are most common. The action is slight and boils 12 to 15 minutes emitting strong sulfur gases. The temperature of the spring is usually 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Swimming and bathing are NOT recommended. Viewing the geyser from the level of the trail is recommended (above the geyser); avoid waiting for the eruption near the water’s edge.
WARNING: Periodic eruptions of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide gas displace oxygen near the water’s surface. Swimming or bathing in the geyser exposes one to these gases and could cause a loss of consciousness, and potentially death. If you should feel light-headed or nauseous while viewing the geyser, you should leave the area immediately.
- Trail Measurement: 1.3 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 374530N
- Compass Longitude: 1080712W
- Numeric Latitude: 37.7583273
- Numeric Longitude: -108.1200756
- Elevation in Meters: 2,626
- Elevation in Feet: 8,617
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