Eldorado Springs is a small town located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The town was founded in 1905 and is known for its natural springs, which have been a popular tourist attraction since the early 1900s.

The name “Eldorado” comes from the Spanish word for “the golden one” and refers to the town’s early mining history. The area was originally settled by miners in the late 1800s who were drawn to the region by the discovery of gold.

Eldorado Springs became a popular destination for health-seekers in the early 1900s when the benefits of the town’s natural springs were discovered. The water from the springs is said to have therapeutic properties due to its high mineral content, and the town quickly became a destination for those seeking health and relaxation.

Dwight Eisenhower

Over the years, Eldorado Springs has played host to a number of famous visitors. Some of the notable people who have visited or lived in the town include:

  • Dwight Eisenhower: The former US President, Dwight Eisenhower, visited Eldorado Springs on numerous occasions in the 1950s and 60s.
  • Henry Ford: The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, was a frequent visitor to Eldorado Springs in the early 1900s.
  • Helen Keller: The renowned deaf and blind author and activist, Helen Keller, visited Eldorado Springs in the year 1950.
  • Mary Pickford: The silent film star, Mary Pickford, owned a cabin in Eldorado Springs, which she used as a personal retreat.
  • Billy Wilder: The Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter, Billy Wilder, was a regular visitor to Eldorado Springs during the 1950s.


Henry Ford

Today, Eldorado Springs remains a popular tourist destination and continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Eldorado Springs is home to the Eldorado Canyon State Park, which offers hiking trails and rock climbing routes.
  • The town is located at an elevation of 6,000 feet and is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.
  • The natural mineral springs that made Eldorado Springs famous are still flowing today and can be tasted at the Eldorado Natural Spring Water Company.
  • The town was the site of the first ever rock climbing competition in the United States, which took place in 1988.
  • Eldorado Springs is located just a few miles from the city of Boulder, Colorado.


To get to Eldorado Springs from Boulder, take CO-93 south for about 3 miles. Turn right onto CO-170 west and continue for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Eldorado Springs Drive, and continue for about a mile. You will see signs for Eldorado Canyon State Park and the Eldorado Springs Resort.