Soak in the Verde Hot Springs

2.5 miles 200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Crystal Sibson

The thermal pools of an abandoned resort can be found along the banks of the Verde River

The pools at the Verde Hot springs are the remnants from an old resort built in the 1920's.  The resort was a once thriving tourist attraction and also rumored to be one of Al Capone's hideouts.  In the 1960's a fire destroyed the resort only leaving behind the foundation and the thermal pools along the Verde River.

To get to the hot springs, a high clearance vehicle is recommended to drive the long and sometimes washed out road to the Child's Dispersed Camping Area.  From here you will follow the old road upstream along the Verde River.  As you make your way down the old road you will see a path, often marked with cairns, leading off towards the river on your left.  Follow this path to the river where you will have to wade through the water to reach the other side.  Be sure not to attempt this water crossing if the river is running high or fast.  Once on the other side of the river follow the trail back downriver toward the old resort.  There are multiple pools of varying temperatures to choose from.  The hot springs can get quite busy in the spring and fall months.  The winter brings fewer visitors since you have to cross the cold waters of the Verde River to reach the thermal pools.

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3 months ago

Great Place for a Soak

The springs have grown in popularity but it's still a great place for a soak. Get there early or stay late for privacy.

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5 months ago

Wonderful Spot

But there were probably about 15 people there by the time my small group arrived. It's fabulous, but would have been much more enjoyable if I hadn't been unlucky... perhaps I'll try again in winter :)

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