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25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In

After having such a great time visiting our very first natural hot springs here in Vegas, we had to see what else is around us or is an easy road trip away.

We put together a bucket list of hot springs and a map to help us navigate through another cross country road trip. Some of these require a hike, and some of them have become resorts after being discovered, but all the water comes naturally from the earth.

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Last Updated: September 1, 2022

25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In

1. Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, Alaska

56.5 Chena Hot Springs Road Fairbanks AK 99711, map

Soak in the toasty waters and gaze and at the spectacular views around you, but the highlight is getting a glimpse of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, dance across the sky as you soak. The best times to see the northern lights are from September to March. Find hotels nearby.

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52068 Co Rd 38 Dolores CO 81323, map

This restored ghost town gives you six ways to soak in their water, from being right under the stars to a king-bedded cabin for two. Can’t wait to visit this place soon! Search for hotels nearby.

Dunton Hot Springs Colorado (Nicest Natural Hot Springs in USA).

3. Conundrum Hot Springs, Aspen, Colorado

806 W Hallam St Aspen CO 81611, map

This 17 mile hike round trip takes you through beautiful woods and meadows. At the end of the trail, there is a cabin and thermal springs where you can soak and take in all that surrounds you. Find hotels in Aspen.

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photo: Jonas Tufvesson / Shutterstock

4. Umpqua Hot Springs, Glide, Oregon

Umpqua National Forest OR, map

The geothermal spring on the North Umpqua River is a great place to soak and relax. It is a “clothing optional” hot spring so be prepared to make friends with under-clothed strangers. It’s highly popular among Instagrammers. Book your hotel now.

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5. Weir Creek Hot Springs, Idaho

Clearwater National Forest, ID 83539

This hot spring can be a bit tricky to get to but is worth the trek. There is a dedicated following and the pool fits about 7-10 people.

Weir Creek Hot Springs Idaho (25 Best Hot Springs in the US).

photo: Ed Wrzesien / creative commons

Olympic National Park WA 98363, map

These hot spring pools are the remains of a torn-down resort. It’s fairly remote and not frequented as often, but they are supposedly amazing. Look for a hotel here.

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Granite Creek Rd, Jackson WY, 83001, map

An hour drive outside of Jackson, there are two natural pools that you can soak in for free, but we found it a little challenging to wade across Granite Creek. I’m sure the flow varies throughout the year, but it helps to bring a hiking pole to keep yourself from falling since the water moves quick.

There is also an established pool, which has a small fee ($8 adults, $5 children) and onsite bathrooms.

The road getting here is rough, so take it slow or bring a high clearance vehicle.

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8. McCredie Hot Springs, Willamette National Forest, Oregon

Willamette National Forest OR, map

This series of pools make its home beside a river in the Willamette National Forest. The further you go down, the cooler the water gets, so you can pick the one that is just right for you.

9. Mystic Hot Springs, Monroe, Utah

 475 E 100 N Monroe UT 84754, map

The waters at these hot springs get up to 168 degrees and are set to a beautiful desert backdrop. Be sure to enjoy the sunset and take in all the beauty. Book a nearby hotel here.

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photo: Robin Tuck

10. Marin Tidal / Steep Ravine Hot Springs, Stinson Beach, California

Golden Gate National Recreation Area CA, map

Hidden behind a boulder, these springs are only accessible during low tide, but it’s worth the trouble. Look for hotels in the area here.

11. Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, CA

Half Mile South of Bridgeport on Route 395 Bridgeport CA 93517, map

This scenery, warm mineral water, and soft sediment bottoms makes for a heavenly experience. Find a nearby hotel.

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12. Goldmyer Hot Springs, North Bend, Washington

Snoqualmie National Forest WA 98045, map

These hot springs require you to hike 5 miles in to enjoy them, but it’s such a rewarding hike. Find hotels here.

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photo: hundertmorgen_ / creative commons

13. Calistoga Hot Springs, Calistoga, California

1006 Washington St Calistoga CA 94515, map

This is more the luxury retreat where you can have a glass of Napa Valley wine and enjoy a dip in the geothermal pools and volcanic ash mud pits. It’s perfect for a couples getaway if you’re looking to relax. Find a place to stay here.

Calistoga Hot Springs California (25 Best Hot Springs in US).

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14. Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs National Park AR, map

The name says it all. Hot Springs National Park is nicknamed “The American Spa.” You can’t soak in any of the outdoor springs but there are two bathhouses you can enjoy. Look for hotels here.

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15. Carson Mineral Hot Springs, Carson, Washington

372 St Martins Springs Rd Carson WA 98610, map

This Victorian-styled resort is a great getaway. The bathhouse is fed by water from the Wind River. Find hotels here.

16. Verde Hot Spring, Strawberry, Arizona

68 E Forest Road Camp Verde AZ 86322, map

A few pools are the remains of what was once a thriving resort. A couple of them are near the cliffside with a view overlooking the Verde River. Look for a place to stay here.

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photo: Craig Yoas/ creative commons 

17. Bagby Hot Springs, Estacada, Oregon

Mt Hood National Forest OR, map

While living in Portland, this was one of the hot springs that the locals often mentioned. Take a 3-mile stroll through the forest to find these amazing springs. Look for nearby hotels here.

Bagby Hot Springs Oregon (25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In).

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Great Basin Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005, map

This hike takes you through a canyon wash, over boulders, and down ropes to find a couple natural hot spring pools to enjoy. You can also reach the Colorado River at the end of the hike before you turn back to your car.

19. Rainbow Hot Springs, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

San Juan National Forest CO, map

These secluded hot springs takes you 9 miles in-and-out. Enjoy the fresh air, trees all around, and if you dare, take a dip in the cold river too.

20. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

415 E 6th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, map

South Canyon Hot Springs Glenwood Springs CO 81601, map

If the resort is more your speed, go to Glenwood Springs Resort and soak in the world’s largest hot springs pool. Or head to the underdeveloped pools of South Canyon Hot Springs that reward you with a great view if you’re willing to find them.

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21. Valley View Hot Springs, Villa Grove, Colorado

64393 E County Road Gg Villa Grove CO 81155, map

This clothing-optional retreat takes you to a simpler time. Focused on enjoying the springs and less on amenities, the springs are surrounded with Colorado’s beauty.

22. Deep Creek Hot Springs, Hesperia, California

6221 Bowen Ranch Road Apple Valley CA 92308, map

A 12 mile out-and-back hike takes you to a group natural hot springs located in a canyon. You can also take a shorter 4-mile route that is much steeper. Find a nearby place to stay.

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Big Bend National Park, map

It’s also known as Langford Hot Springs or Big Bend Hot Springs and is a must on our visit to Big Bend National Park. A short 0.5-mile round trip hike takes you to a historic hot spring located at the Rio Grande. 

The road gets narrow and rough, so bring your 4 wheel drive and high clearance vehicle.

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24. Sykes Hot Spring, Los Padres National Forest, California

Los Padres National Forest CA, map

These hot spring pools make their home amongst a popular backpacking campground and make for the perfect spot to stop during your 20-mile round trip hike.

Sykes Hot Spring California (25 Best Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In).

photo: Mountains of Moss / creative commons

25. San Antonio Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, New Mexico

San Antonio Hot Springs Jemez Springs NM 87025, map

Several pools are at the end of this 5-mile hike through the Santa Fe National Forest. While soaking, you can gaze upon the surrounding valley, creek, and forest.

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Map of Best Hot Springs in the US

If you’re on a cross country road trip, here’s a map of all 25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US to soak in.

More Notable Hot Springs

If you can’t get enough of hot springs, and you’ve been to them all, here are a few more to check out.

Essential Tips

  • Don’t forget to follow the leave no trace principles. Or better yet, leave it better than you found it and pick up any litter you see.
  • Some hot springs are clothing optional. If this is a problem for you, remember to look up details for each spot before you go.
  • Test the water before jumping in. Some hot springs are scalding hot while others are lukewarm.
  • Depending on how hot the water is, it’s not good for you to soak for more than 10-15 minutes at a time or it can cause severe heat-related illnesses. Take lots of breaks and make sure you’re drinking enough water to stay hydrated.
  • Some hot springs may have brain-eating bacteria. They enter through the nose, so we make sure we keep our heads above water.
  • Come at sunrise or sunset for the best light for photographs and fewer crowds.

What to Pack

  • SwimsuitThis reversible one is my current fave since I’m always trying to maximize my options while still packing light.
  • Towels – I always travel with these travel towels. Sometimes they have limited editions and I have the Yosemite one.
  • Sunblock
  • Water Shoes especially if you’re stepping into a pool with a rocky bottom.
  • Flip Flops These are my go-to flip flops good for hanging out near water and they’re very lightweight.
  • Water Bottle – we use these bottles to keep our water cold.
  • Appropriate layers for the season and weather. This fleece jacket is one of our go-to layers (outer if it’s cool, and a mid-layer if it’s cold)
  • If Hiking – Hiking Shoes, Hiking Poles, Headlamp

Have you been to any of these? Any others that shouldn’t be missed – US or Worldwide?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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