Arizona October 26, 2017
The Awesome Hike In Arizona That Will Take You Straight To An Abandoned Resort
It seems as though every corner of Arizona has an abandoned place just waiting to be found by new eyes. Some are an easy access that you can simply drive up to while others require a long hike. Today, we’re going to check out one abandoned spot that still sees visitors on a regular basis via hiking and driving. Let’s take a look!
Located deep in the forested area of the Verde River between Strawberry and Camp Verde is the ruins of a long-abandoned resort. A luxurious location in the early twentieth century, the resort eventually closed, was abandoned, and most of the building burned to the ground about five decades ago.
What remains today are the bare bones of the resort: a concrete staircase, the building foundation, and the hot spring pools that reach 98 degrees.
You can find a few small photos of the old resort and details about its history in this wonderfully detailed blog post.
It has actually slowly become a popular spot for people to hike to since the resort was abandoned, with most people starting near the location of the old Childs Power Plant, approximately 19 miles west of Strawberry.
The hike is immediately followed by swimming or wading across the Verde River, the depth of which depends on recent rainfall and the season.
Once you reach land on the other side of the river, you’ll notice the remains of the resort and the colorful graffiti left behind from previous visitors. Rocks and walls are painted with combination of inspirational, spiritual, positive, and just plain weird messages.
Now it’s time for a dip in the pools! You’ll be delighted by the pleasantly warm temperature of the water and you may even find yourself sharing the pool with several other visitors. Keep in mind that nudity is prohibited here by the Forest Service so bring a swimsuit or extra change of clothes.
Verde Hot Spring is located approximately 28 miles southeast of Camp Verde or 19 miles west of Strawberry. You can drive to the abandoned resort
via Fossil Springs Road from Camp Verde but beware this is a rough drive that will require a four-wheel drive. Or, as most people do, you can opt to hike there from Childs Dispersed Camping Area near Strawberry. Check in advance for any seasonal road closures and other restrictions. Plus, always remember to leave no trace when visiting areas in nature!
If you want to check out another fantastic hot spring in Arizona that is also accessible by hiking, then you will love Arizona Hot Springs. Read more about the hike in
Everyone In Arizona Must Visit This Epic Hot Spring As Soon As Possible.