Arizona January 23, 2019
This Primitive Hot Springs Trail In Arizona Is Everything You Need This Winter
Arizona has its fair share of hot springs, but many are owned by fancy, expensive resorts. This hiking trail happens to have three of its own that are free and accessible to the public. Not only can you warm up in a relaxing natural pool, but also marvel at the breathtaking desert landscape all around. Check it out:
The trail is a 5.9-mile loop and takes about four hours on average. Blue arrows create an easy-to-follow path that leads straight to the springs.
Late winter into early spring is an ideal time of year to complete the hike. Excessive heat during summer typically prompts closure of the trail.
Split into two parts, the northern path leads to the hot spring. Along the way, you'll pass several unique rock formations that make great family photo backdrops.
This ladder is all that stands between you and the water. Shimmy up, rung-by-rung, and immerse yourself in the relaxing pool of warm water.
Take a breather and marvel at the majestic scenery all around. You're essentially floating in midair, with a thin rock shelf holding the spring up at an elevation of more than 800 feet.
Each of the three pools gets progressively hotter as you ascend the terrain. Try them all and pick your favorite before breaking out the food, drinks, and music for an ultimate hangout session.
You'll also have an opportunity to take a dip in the gorgeous Colorado River. Much cooler than the springs, it'll bring your body temperature down enough to make the last leg of the hike more enjoyable.
How refreshing does this look? It's amazing that we have water right here in Arizona reminiscent of an island paradise. Who wants to dive in?
Have you ever hiked this trail? What’s your favorite hot spring in Arizona?
For more winter hikes, check out
9 Easy Hikes You Can Enjoy In Arizona This Winter.