25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In

25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In

After visiting our very first natural hot springs here in Vegas, we had such a great time that we wanted to see what else is around us or is just a 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.


1. Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, Alaska

Address: 56.5 Chena Hot Springs Road Fairbanks AK 99711

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.

Chena Hot Springs Alaska (25 Amazing Natural Hot Springs in the US).
Photo: bullets95 / creative commons

2. Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, Colorado

Address: 52068 Co Rd 38 Dolores CO 81323

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!

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

3. Conundrum Hot Springs, Aspen, Colorado

Address: 806 W Hallam St Aspen CO 81611

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

Conundrum Hot Springs Aspen Colorado (Natural Hot Springs in USA).
Photo: Mike C Cross / creative commons

4. Umpqua Hot Springs, Glide, Oregon

Address: Umpqua National Forest OR

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.

Umpqua Hot Springs Oregon (Natural Hot Springs in USA).
Photo: Joana Breidenbach / creative commons

5. Weir Creek Hot Springs, Lowell, Idaho

Address: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest ID

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

6. Olympic Hot Springs, Port Angeles, Washington

Address: Olympic National Park WA 98363

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.

Olympic Hot Springs Port Angeles (25 Best Hot Springs in the US).
Photo: Ben Amstutz / creative commons

7. Granite Falls Hot Springs, Jackson, Wyoming

Address: Bridger-Teton National Forest WY

You have to ski or snowmobile to the location in the winter, but the waters are warmest and most enjoyable at this time. There is also a deck maintained by the US Forest Service.

Granite Hot Springs Wyoming (25 Best Hot Springs in the US).
Photo: pychap / creative commons

8. McCredie Hot Springs, Willamette National Forest, Oregon

Address: Willamette National Forest OR

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

Address: 475 E 100 N Monroe UT 84754

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.

Mystic Hot Springs + 25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US
Photo: Mystic Hot Springs

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

Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area CA

Hidden behind a boulder, these springs are only accessible during low tide, but it’s worth the trouble.

11. Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, CA

Address: Half Mile South of Bridgeport on Route 395 Bridgeport CA 93517

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

Travertine Hot Springs Bridgeport CA (25 Best Natural Hot Springs in the US).
Photo: John Fowler / creative commons

12. Goldmyer Hot Springs, North Bend, Washington

Address: Snoqualmie National Forest WA 98045

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

Goldmyer Hot Springs Washington (25 Best Hot Springs in the US).
Photo: hundertmorgen_ / creative commons

13. Calistoga Hot Springs, Calistoga, California

Address: 1006 Washington St Calistoga CA 94515

Have a glass of Napa Valley wine and enjoy a dip in the geothermal pools and volcanic ash mud pits.

Calistoga Hot Springs California (25 Best Hot Springs in US).
Photo: Ty Walker / creative commons

14. Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Address: Hot Springs National Park AR

The name says it all. Hot Springs National Park is nicknamed “The American Spa.”

Hot Springs National Park Arkansas (25 Best Hot Springs in the US to Soak In).
Photo: Ken Lund / creative commons

15. Carson Mineral Hot Springs, Carson, Washington

Address: 372 St Martins Springs Rd Carson WA 98610

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

16. Verde Hot Spring, Strawberry, Arizona

Address: 68 E Forest Road Camp Verde AZ 86322

Verde River Hot Springs Arizona (25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In).
Photo: Craig Yoas/ creative commons

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.

17. Bagby Hot Springs, Estacada, Oregon

Address: Mt Hood National Forest OR

Take a 3-mile stroll through the forest to find these amazing springs.

Bagby Hot Springs Oregon (25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In).
Photo: MrPants / creative commons

18. Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs, Boulder City, Nevada

Address: Great Basin Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005

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. Read our post for more info on the hike & watch our vlog:

19. Rainbow Hot Springs, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Address: San Juan National Forest CO

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. South Canyon Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Address: South Canyon Hot Springs Glenwood Springs CO 81601

These underdeveloped pools reward you with a great view if you’re willing to find them.

South Canyon Hot Springs Colorado (25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US to Soak In).
Photo: iris / creative commons

21. Valley View Hot Springs, Villa Grove, Colorado

Address: 64393 E County Road Gg Villa Grove CO 81155

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

Address: 6221 Bowen Ranch Road Apple Valley CA 92308

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.

Deep Creek Hot Springs California (25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In)
Photo: Wood at Night / creative commons

23. Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Nathrop, Colorado

Address: 15870 Co Rd 162 Nathrop CO 81236

This is a family-friendly lodge that offers pools, creek side soaking, and water slide. It is surrounded with beautiful peaks and scenery.

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

Address: Los Padres National Forest CA

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

Address: San Antonio Hot Springs Jemez Springs NM 87025

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.

San Antonio Hot Springs New Mexico (25 Best Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In).
Photo: Paul Gibson / creative commons

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:

P.S. If you’re visiting any of these, watch out for brain-eating bacteria! They enter through the nose, so we just make sure we don’t dunk our heads in.

Have you been to a natural hot spring? If so, where?
Any others that shouldn’t be missed – US or Worldwide?
Which of these are you hoping to visit next?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Try the Gila Hot Springs just north of Silver City, NM. My slice of HEAVEN.

    1. We need to make it out there!

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