… Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen is the type of place that spawns rumors. I had heard hippies clog the nine-mile trail to the springs.
I had been told the pools attract cliquey nudes who make fun of people in bathing suits.
Was the gossip true?
For nearly a year, I had been looking forward to finding out. I had visited several other hot springs in the area, but Conundrum was the Holy Grail of hot pots — a secluded bath in the Maroon Bells, reachable only by an 18-mile roundtrip backpacking trek. …