Eldorado Springs, Eldorado Springs, Colorado


Posted: July 25, 2009

Category: Colorado, North America, United States, View All

CO Hwy 93 & Eldorado Springs Drive
Eldorado Springs, CO 80025
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CO Hwy 93 & Eldorado Springs Drive, Eldorado Springs, CO

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From Denver: Go north on I-25 to US 36 (about five miles). Take the McCaslin Blvd. exit toward CO 170 W/Superior/Louisville. Follow CO 170 as it curves around and then heads west. Drive four miles, cross CO Hwy 93, and then drive three more miles to the tiny, dusty town of Eldorado Springs. Or, go west on I-70 to the town of Golden, and take 6th Ave., which turns into CO Hwy 93. Take that for 13.5 miles, and then take a left onto Eldorado Springs Dr. Go through town, past the pool and into the park.

From Boulder: Take CO Hwy 93 south (also called Broadway). Take a right at the first stop light after leaving Boulder onto Eldorado Springs Dr.

They also bottle this water at the source – Eldorado Springs Water

Vital Information

  • Fee: 25 cents/gal
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Intermittent
  • TDS: 70
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: 7.1

Hours Spring is Open:

6 am – 6 pm weekdays and 6 am – 8 pm on weekends



Map Link: Eldorado Springs Map

Submitted by: Connie Sanchez, johoho

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  1. johoho says:

    Cost is now 25 cents/gal and is no longer continuous flow.
    Avail. 24 hrs/day

  2. johoho says:

    Cost is now 25 cents/gal and is no longer continuous flow.
    Avail. 24 hrs/day

  3. MucunaJahRasta says:

    Has anyone been here recently? I’m flying up in a couple of weeks and wanted to make sure this spring is still accessible?

  4. Gardencoach says:

    Still accessible but not 24 hrs/day. I think 6 am – 6 pm weekdays and 6 am – 8 pm on weekends.

  5. Steve Petersen says:

    I have been drinking Eldorado water for about 25 years now. It was free flowing all day and could fill bottles for free. Then they put in a despensing machine by they gallon for 25 cents. The access road is not maintained by any goverment agency and they trucks goin over the dirt caused a very bumpy ride in and out. They now bottle it in Louisville at there new high tech facility as they use stainless steel tanker trucks to transport it from the spring to the planet to bottle. It is a natural spring flowing for all recorded history, filtered naturally through sand passages in the earth and pools up at the foot of the rock cliffs in the canyon.

    They pump it up from below 100′ to avoid surface contaminites and it is passed through a sanitation light to kill any bacteri or virus that is required by law even though the water is clean and pure at 73 parts per million TDS come right to the surface.

    The spring has been concidered a sacred site of the earth by native americans and is still treated that way by the current owners. The pool is in the spring house and can not be seen from the out side. It is a beautiful clear pool about 25′ deep and 30′ oblong diameter with a sand bottom.

    It is the first and only spring to bottle in 100% recycled plastic individual bottles and is availible in 3 gallon glass bottles. They use solar and wind produced power at the plant. It has been voted the best tasting water in America several times and I am blessed to have been drinking it for so long.
    1/15/20011 ELDORADO SPRINGS 303 499-1316 to arange pick up or delivery

  6. Steve Petersen says:

    Hi, I need to make a correction in the post I made. The water is filter through layers of sandstone not sand. I read this post again and found I had omitted the stone part. I have learned that the road up to the spring is in much better shape now, not a bumpy ride.

  7. Just went yesterday! Beautiful drive at the moment. Machine is not taking dollar bills right now so take quarters 🙂

  8. Olivia says:

    The dispensing machine is NOT open 24 hours! It closed at 6 or 7 on a weekday when we went. (which is just silly, why does a machine close??) Luckily some local ladies who were out for a walk offered to fill up our jug at their place where they had the spring running into their home. It tasted wonderful. I highly recommend visiting this spring, just go early!

  9. Samantha says:

    I’m wondering if anyone has had problems with kidney stones after drinking the spring water. I started drinking the water about a year ago and have suddenly started having bad kidney stones and am wondering if it’s related to the high mineral content of the water or just a coincidence. I’d love to get feedback from others.

    • Jill says:

      No, I’ve never had kidney stones from drinking Eldo Sprgs water. In 1992, I started drinking it, filling my own bottles at the spring, for 6 months, then switched to having home delivery (much more convenient, but pricey).

      In 1997, I moved – post-divorce, and had to stop the Eldo deliveries because I could no longer lift the large 5 gal. bottles when full (I had carpal tunnel syndrome). I had a Multi-Pure drinking water filter installed under my kitchen sink (not R.O.). Unfortunately, we didn’t like the taste of the water as much. Multi-Pure’s filter is a solid carbon block with a paper-like sediment filter on the exterior of the carbon block. It removed lots of nasty stuff from the city’s water, but left it tasting a bit off. Plus, I found, having carpal tunnel, I couldn’t change the filter myself. It got to be such a pain to change it every 6 months, and costly to hire someone to do it for me, that I switched to an R.O. system in 2002. I also did that to get rid of the added fluoride in the water, and some other things the Multi-Pure filter couldn’t remove. However, it was even more difficult for me to change the multiple filters, and I didn’t like how much water it wasted either (6 gal for every 1 of useable h2o!).

      At some point, I read or heard that R.O. filtered water can leach minerals from the human body. I did more research, but found the proof was inconclusive. To this day, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but if it is, then we’d be weakening our bones and teeth, and depriving our bodies of vital minerals needed for basic functioning, by drinking R.O. water. That didn’t sit well with me; so, as a precaution, I started adding minerals to the R.O. water – especially since I had growing children in my home, but the taste of the added minerals was so nasty, even using so few drops per quart, I always had to flavor the water in some way to make it palatable.

      After having the R.O. system for ~4 yrs., it sprang a slow leak (rusted tank) which ruined part of my kitchen and dining area wood floor, soaked the insulation in the ceiling of the basement below, and ruined a section of the basement ceiling drywall too, before I caught it. I was so upset, even though my home owners insurance covered most of the damage repairs. I was told by the clean-up crew, leaking water filter systems are a common insurance claim. So, I had the R.O. system removed too, and went back to getting Eldo water at the self-serve dispenser, in my own glass 1 gal. bottles I bought at a brewer’s supply place close by. If I’m desperate (bad weather, no time, no ride, too sick to drive to the dispenser), I can buy Eldo water in plastic jugs at most local grocery stores too.

  10. Nancy says:

    Make sure, if you get the water delivered, that your bottles are #!, not the #7 on the bottom. They assured me that the temps never get high enough to leach out BPA, but sometimes they sit on the truck on hot days…..or in the sun on my porch.

  11. Sarah says:

    Are there bottles available for purchase? Or do you have to bring your own?

    • sharon says:

      You have to bring your own bottles. It’s just a dirt parking lot with a dispensary machine on the side of a closed hut. I’d suggest 3 gal glass jugs if you have them.

  12. hr says:

    Currently has an “Out of Order” sign but we saw a liquid truck pull close as if to fill.

  13. Laura says:

    Still has an out of order sign on the machine and the road is in really bad shape too. Sad panda 🙁

  14. Bill says:

    Throw “Eldorado Canyon State Park” in your GPS of choice and it will bring you right there. I was there May 27-29 and it was up and running. Was in Boulder for work, but took a ride there each morning to get some of the best water I’ve ever tasted. Hiked Rattlesnake Gulch on the last day, too – also highly recommended!

  15. Meir says:

    Was there today. Machine is working and the water is delicious! You won’t find much water like this in the world today!

  16. LJ says:

    Has anyone been to the dispenser recently? Is it still out of order??

  17. Thomas says:

    I filled up there about a week ago. Road was in fair shape. Machine was working and did take bills. Will go back for more tomorrow before I drive back out of town. Water tastes amazing.

  18. Larisa says:

    Is there a phone number or any other way to contact the owners to see if they are open now? We are heading there in a week. Also, how is the drive to the spring in April? We are renting a car, wondering if the road more for trucks? thanks 🙂

  19. Phil says:

    The water tastes great. I did speak to the company though and it is ran through a UV light, which destroys lots of the good stuff and creates ozone gas

  20. SD says:

    This water is not FRESH RAW SPRING WATER. In the United States water deemed fit for potable use is sterilized with ozone gas, irradiated with ultraviolet light, and passes through a sub-micron filter.

    “Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is a disinfection method that uses synthetic ultraviolet light, which differs from our natural environment UV, to kill or inactivate micro-organisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA. A hard fact to swallow, but your drinking water could be considered a genetically modified organism.”

    The way this water is “cleaned” for drinking is just like using antibiotics without knowing what bacteria’s we are destroying.

    “Drinking beneficial micro-organisms in water could be our bodies most critical source of bacteria to sustaining a healthy gut biome for unlocking optimal health.”

    I have gotten much of my information from fountain-of-truth-spring-water.myshopify.com a company that is doing things the right way, delivering pure raw spring water. Wish eldoradosprings could offer the same.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks so much for posting the info. from the Fountain-of-Youth website. I checked out the website and have contacted some water experts to confirm if this is true…but it sounds like it probably is. I really wish they would leave the water in it’s natural state. It’s got me wondering if all the springs in CO are treated with UV light because when I spoke to Eldorado Springs to confirm they do indeed treat their water with UV light (which they did confirm) they made it sounds like they had no choice but to treat the water according to state law….does this mean all the springs in CO are treated? If anyone knows the answer, please post. Thanks!

    • jake says:

      Why cook your meat either? you’re killing all the good stuff when you do that. UV treatment kills harmful bacteria. You don’t get good gut bacteria from water, you mainly get it from food and it occurs naturally in our digestive tract. If you want unfiltered water then just grab it from the creek and have a great time with giardia….

      • Malgosia says:

        have you ever had beef tartar, cured gravlax salmon or a genuine tiramisu with raw eggs? lots of good stuff you’re missing out on there, but fortunately – it makes little difference, if any at all.
        We’re so fancy we can live on pretty much anything. Now, this is a site for people seeking natural water sources, not your bottled stuff and treated tap water, rain water, river or stream water. We are looking for springs untouched by commerce we can drink from. Amiright?

  21. Leslie says:

    So disappointed to learn they managed to kill such wonderful water. UV is completely unnecessary. If anyone is concerned they could always keep their ready-to-drink water in a pure copper pitcher. Real silver also works.

    When I lived in Co Springs several years back Manitou Springs still had free-flowing spring water for free.
    As someone mentioned Eldorado bottling company uses #7 plastic bottles which can contain BPA. Several years ago when I started signed up for delivery service and I noticed the #7 bottles CS claimed they could “guarantee” no plastic leached into the water, even sitting in the truck on 90 degree days. I cancelled service, then a year or so ago studies emerged proving a large amount of plastic is indeed leached into the water of ALL plastic bottles.
    You can request #2 bottles but all plastic is a hormone disrupting carcinogen. 3 gallon glass bottles are also available at $3.25 per gallon and they might disinfect the bottles with bleach.

    Does anyone know if there is another spring near the Denver area that offers free-flowing natural water?

  22. Brooke says:

    Now that we know the water is being run through a filter, does anyone know if the TDS count is still 70 ppm? My thought would be that it would probably be lower now.

  23. mcg says:

    If you don’t like they way they filter the water then why don’t you just collect it from the stream?

  24. EM says:

    I got the water from the cascade on the cliff once when the fountain was broken. The water was directly from the spring and untreated. I felt fine after drinking it but the water in the bottles turned green within a couple of days. I didn’t drink it after it turned green because it seemed to grow algea.

  25. Pam Finn says:

    My husband has gone to the spring and the last 3 times there has been a sign on the dispensing machine that it is “out of order”. Would be nice to know if it is functional again as it is a bit of a drive from the Conifer area. They WILL do delivery in 3 Gallon Glass bottles, but it is $9.75 for a 3 gallon bottle versus 25 cents a gallon picking it up yourself. Eldorado Springs headquarters will let you take the beautiful glass bottles from Italy for a 20.00 deposit per glass bottle. You can pick those up at their plant in Louisville. The water is so delicious that all other water pales in comparison. Don’t need to use plastic bottles at all. You can fill your own glass bottles. Contigo at Costco sells stainless steel bottles with a built in straw or Vitamin Cottage sells small glass drinking bottles. We absolutely love their water. So worth driving to the spring for pick up! 😀

  26. aqua says:

    Call and press “5” to hear the status of the automated dispensing machine.
    303 604 3000

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