If crystal blue waters call to you the way they do to us, this secret spot is the perfect place to visit and enjoy nature's bounty. Colorado's South Fork Mineral Creek features a turquoise pool fed by a stunning waterfall. Like something out of a photo, the creek, and surrounding areas are a picturesque escape from city life.

You can camp in the nearby South Mineral Creek Campground and hike around several trails, including the one that takes you to the vibrant-colored waterfalls and pools.

South Fork Mineral Creek is filled with aquamarine waters cascading over rocks, which makes the whole scene look like something out of a photo.

There is no entry fee for the trail, but the campground is $19 a night May to September and free during the offseason.

If you are bold enough to brave the cold water, you can hop in for a quick dip.

To get to this destination, you'll have to cross Clear Creek, which is just a short distance from the campground. Be ready to get your feet a little wet, but we promise the stop is worth it.

Along the way, you will even pass a double waterfall, perfect for more photo ops.

The double falls are only about a mile from the campground and the whole hike is considered great for all skill levels.

Though the area is not open year-round, you can visit from May 1 until September 30. You can reach the creek by car if you don't want to hike the whole thing, though a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

Depending on the time of year, you might catch a glimpse of some local wildlife like elk or deer.

If you've got furry friends, you can bring them along too. 

Pack up your hiking gear and get ready for a day of exploring some of the most stunning green forests, then stop to lounge beside some of the bluest waters you've ever seen.

South Fork Mineral Creek

Price: $19 per night May-September and free during the offseason

When: May 1 to September 30

Address: 585 W. Fork Rd., Durango, CO

Why You Need To Go: Turquoise waters and stunning waterfalls make this gorgeous hike a must-do in Colorado.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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