Is there any better way to cap off a day of adventuring than soaking in a natural hot springs pool and taking in the twilight hours? Nope. There just isn't. There's no short supply of hot springs out there and we've rounded up 18 of our favorites for you to relax in. Some are tranquil riverside pools, others are cliffside springs, and some are basically a pool party in the mountains...in hot water. So take a look at our list, grab your swimsuit and friends, and prepare to unwind. You deserve it.
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The Rocky Canyon Hot Springs is the perfect example of the countless pristine rivers and geothermal pools in Idaho. You won't want to leave. Learn more.
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Take a one hour boat ride and make the short hike to these tranquil springs. You'll find they're really like nothing else. Learn more.
Treat yourself to a soak after bagging one of the nearby peaks in the Sierra or skip the peak and go straight for the chillin. Learn more.
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If you really want to treat yourself, Strawberry Hot Springs Park offers some luxury accomodations like a spa and massage amid a natural setting near Steamboat Springs. Learn more.
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Nearby BLM land makes this a super easy spot to camp and the hot springs are incredible. Learn more.
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Take a dip in the springs inside this rustic barn just a few hours drive outside of Bend. Learn more.
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There are a ton of great hikes right near the springs so go explore then rest up in the springs afterwards. Learn more.
Photo: Gregg Boydston
This spot is equally well suited for chillin in the springs as it is for photography. The scenery is pretty incredible. The traditional springs at the geological site are closed, but there are a ton of other pools within a short walk. Learn more.
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This spot features waterfalls and has multiple pools - pick the right temperature for you and enjoy. Learn more.
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Let's call this the party pool. This popular springs brings in lot of backpackers and if you're all very friendly, you can fit everyone in no problem. Learn more.
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This one is a hidden gem and you'll find smaller crowds than surrounding springs nearby. Learn more.
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Take in the rugged Northern California coast from a cliffside pool of hot springs. That's about as ideal as it can get. Learn more.
Photo: Emily Masse
With mulitple pools nestled in the woods and soothing water, this is a really nice, tranquil escape. Learn more.
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This hot springs is great year round and the perfect spot to unwind and take in the sunset. Learn more.
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Get here early or call in sick and head out on a weekday to avoid sharing the smaller pools. If you're lucky and get them to yourself, it's a pretty serene way to spend the day. Learn more.
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If you've visited the Yellowstone area, we know you've been tempted at least once to jump in the geothermal pools. Now you can...safely and legally. Learn more.
Photo: Gemina Garland-Lewis
This hot springs amid the old remains of a mining town delivers steadily flowing water to a set of tiered pools along the mountainside. Learn more.
Photo: Blake Maitoza
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