Hot Springs Trail is a 11.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.

11.6 km
255 m
Out & Back


nature trips

trail running



recorded Hot Springs Trail

trail running
21 days ago

I’m a professional trail runner and this is as good as it gets. NEED YOUR PHOTO ID AND $15 USD for each person. Single track and wider trails with no scrabble and perfect climate. I did a counterclockwise loop called Sector La Pailas off of the Hot Springs Trail. Although I report on trail running I loved it so much I took my wife walking which is why it took 4 hours at walking pace. Saw 3 large groups of capuchin and howler monkeys. There are 6-8 water crossings that will NOT get your feet wet and some crossings have cable assist. This is an awesome trail for walking AND running.

24 days ago

There are a few things people need to know before they do this hike. The first is getting there. The beginning of the trail looks like it's to the left of a dirt road (right after the fork in the road). That is not the beginning!! If you look on the trail map, you'll see it veers to the right for the first half and then juts to the left. The trail starts when the trail juts left! Don't park your car off to the side of the dirt road--drive all the way up until you see the info/ ranger station (if you zoom into the map you'll see there is an info sign right by the top right most point of the trail). There is parking, a bathroom, etc. You'll also need to bring $15 CASH for each person in your party.
The trail itself was nice and not too hard. I'd recommend going to every side trail too as that is where the sights are (the side trails are all marked on the map with black dotted lines). First there is a hummingbird trail (we didn't see any), then the longest side trail is to the cold sulfur bubbling water pools (if you want to skip any, this would be the one), then an enchanted forest which has a waterfall and a brook, then a bigger waterfall, and then finally the hot-springs. It's worth bringing a towel and a bathing-suit. Remember that sulfur reacts with lots of metals so remember to take off jewelry!

1 month ago

Well worth the hike to the mud bath and hot springs

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Awesome trail with side trails leading to two waterfalls and 'cold water pots' where volcanic gasses are bubbling out of shallow pools of water. The hot springs themselves are warm and pleasant, but do smell a bit like eggs because of their sulfur content. We saw lots of wildlife on the trail including a large troop of white-headed capuchins.

4 months ago

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