Do you love Hot Springs? Which of these have you been to?
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 have become resorts after being discovered, but all the water comes naturally from the earth.
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Last Updated: September 17, 2023
25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Music 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 at the spectacular views around you, but the highlight is getting a glimpse of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, dancing across the sky as you soak. The best times to see the northern lights are from September to March. Find hotels nearby.
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 quickly.
The established pool nearby has a small fee ($8 adults, $5 children) and onsite bathrooms.
Local Tip: The road getting here is rough, so take it slow or bring a high-clearance vehicle.
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.
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.
16. Arizona Hot Springs, Willow Beach, Arizona
About an hour from Las Vegas, Arizona Hot Springs is our favorite local hot springs. It’s unique because it’s located inside a slot canyon! Check out our full guide below.
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.
18. Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs, Boulder City, Nevada
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 of natural hot spring pools to enjoy. You can extend the hike to take a cold dip in the Colorado River.
19. Rainbow Hot Springs, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
San Juan National Forest CO, map
These secluded hot springs take you 9 miles in and out. Enjoy the fresh air and trees all around, and if you dare, dip in the cold river, too.
20. Glenwood Springs, Colorado
415 E 6th St, 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.
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 by Colorado’s beauty.
Big Bend National Park, map
It’s also known as Langford Hot Springs or Big Bend Hot Springs and is a must on any Big Bend National Park visit. A short 0.5-mile round trip hike takes you to a historic hot spring at the Rio Grande.
Local Tip: The road gets narrow and rough, so bring your 4-wheel drive and high-clearance vehicle.
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.
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.
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 hot springs, and you’ve been to all the above, here are a few more to check out.
- Boiling River ( Yellowstone National Park WY, map)
- Breitenbush Hot Springs (Detroit OR, map)
- Burgdorf Hot Springs (McCall ID, map)
- Carson Hot Springs Resort (Carson WA, map)
- Esalen Hot Springs (Big Sur CA, map)
- Fifth Water Hot Springs, also called Diamond Fork (Spanish Fork UT, map)
- Gila Hot Springs (NM, map) – recommended by Matt, one of our readers.
- Gold Fork Hot Springs (Donnelly ID, map)
- Homestead Crater Hot Springs (Midway UT, map)
- Hot Springs State Park (Thermapolis WY, map)
- Kirkham Hot Springs (Lowman ID, map)
- Mono Hot Springs Resort (Lakeshore CA, map)
- Mount Princeton Hot Springs (Nathrop CO, map)
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs (Ojo Caliente NM, map)
- Quapaw Baths & Spa (Hot Springs AR, map)
- Riverbend Hot Springs (Truth of Consequences NM, map)
- Sierra Hot Springs (Sierraville CA, map)
- Strawberry Park Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs CO, map)
- Ten Thousand Waves Spa (Santa Fe NM, map)
- Trail Creek Hot Springs (Boise National Forest ID, map)
- Verde Hot Springs (Strawberry AZ, map)
- Wild Willy’s Hot Springs (Mammoth CA, map)
- 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, 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 drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Some hot springs may have brain-eating bacteria. They enter through the nose, so we keep our heads above water.
- Come at sunrise or sunset for the best light for photographs and fewer crowds.
What to Pack
- Swimsuit – This reversible one is my current fave since I always try 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.
- 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 – these are the top travel water bottles we tested on the road.
- 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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