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Aspen's Conundrum Hot Springs: 18 Miles and 4 Courses

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The next morning we hopped in the jeep around 9am, later than we hoped for but ready to roll. The drive from Keystone, where we live, took just under two hours. We had the opportunity to take the short cut and cruise over Independence Pass, which I have been eager to do for a while. The twisty, turning pass road boasted beautiful mountain views and the spectacular colors of the changing aspens.

Independence PassIndependence Pass

Once in Aspen, take Castle Creek road from the roundabout. Stay on Castle Creek for about 5 miles and keep your eyes peeled for Conundrum road, at which you make a right. Follow Conundrum road, careful not to take a turn into a private driveway. Conundrum becomes a dirt-road; continue on until you see the parking lot at the trailhead. If you’re doing the over night camping, there’s a registration box by the trailhead to sign up and tag your car for over night parking.