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  • Sierra Hot Springs
  • Sierraville CA
  • Camping is just the edge of the forest behind the lodge. Next to a very pretty cow pasture at the edge of the huge Sierra Valley. Nice lodge to hang out in, wifi and kitchen, free to campers. The Hot Springs has also taken over the hotel in town. There is also a breakfast place and aMexican restaurant in town, both pricy but good!

  • Norris Hot Springs
  • Norris, MT
  • Combo hot pool and roadside bar! One pool, pretty gardens, bird feeders, very cozy. But oddly, there is no shower, there is an un-plumbed changing room and there are only porta-potties.

  • Summer Lake Hot Springs
  • Summer Lake OR
  • no assigned sites, just a big field. hot springs are in an old barn-like structure, very pleasant

  • Desert Hot Springs Resort
  • Desert Hot Springs CA
  • The lodge itself is not fancy, just a standard-issue two story motel with paper-thin walls. But it's got a restaurant and a bar and all those lovely soaking pools, so it's fancy to me! The motel is a rectangle enclosing the pool area - 6-7 pools, a couple very hot, a big pool where the kids hang out, and a bar area over in the corner. Cool Rat Pack-y kind of place.

  • Tecopa Hot Springs
  • Inyo County Parks, Tecopa CA
  • Odd place. Separate bathhouses for men and women, nudity required. Camping is available in glorified parking lot across the road overlooking the settlement pond. No potable water, must drive a couple of miles for that. Really interesting salt flats area at the edge of town. In the last couple of years a pair of restaurants have opened. And breweries!

  • Travertine Hot Springs
  • Humboldt Toyiabe National Forest, Bridgeport CA
  • There's a very nice tub at the parking lot, holds 1-3 folks - adjustable temp, great soak. Down the hill is a travertine mound that starts with a pretty hot one person tub (109°-ish?) on the uphill side, which feeds into progressively cooler tubs as the water flows clockwise around the mound downhill. The last two have a spectacular view of the valley, but are too cool and have creepy stuff growing in them. This place is too accessible from 395 and too well known. It's usually busy, and sometimes straight-up creepy with weirdos straight off the highway. The camping spot is handy even without the hot springs. When the hot springs road turns left, take a right and park at any of the several rough camping spots.

  • Miracle Hot Springs
  • Buhl ID
  • Co-owned with Banbury Hot Springs. Banbury has better camping, Miracle better pools, so here's how it all shakes out: Banbury: tent sites: $10 | campground: park on the grass next to your picnic table in a pretty spot | soaking: big concrete rectangle pool (see their Spot entry) Miracle: must pay for hookups: $20 | campground: dusty and shabby | soaking: wonderful set of modern, interesting pools - a really hot one under the sun deck I call the Grotto :), a bigger cooler pool, then a long, skinny, segmented parallel pool that is a hot zone, a cold zone, and a slighter hotter zone. Really nice layout!

  • Heise Hot Springs
  • Ririe ID
  • The hot springs is a completely separate business from the campground. $7 for seniors off season, $1 to re-enter - cheapskates. After the fine example of Lava Hot Springs, which was excellent in every way, this place is disappointing. The single soaking pool is quite nice however - slightly sulphur-y water in a row of hot jets on the side.

  • Terwilliger Hot Springs
  • Willamette National Forest, Blue River OR
  • An excellent spot up a little canyon off Cougar Reservoir. It's a free-form natural spring, but it's pretty easy to control access, so the Forest Service has set up a little booth to collect $5 from soakers. Good for them!

  • Bailey's Hot Springs
  • Beatty NV
  • funky little place, needs a LOT of maintenance, but their wifi was pretty good.. They have three private bathhouses: 1 - pleasantly warm, 2 - hot (> 100) 3 - very hot. (> 104) So if the one you want is in use you're outta luck until whoever's inside has had their fill. The pools seemed hotter to me - the medium seemed like 104 and the hot like 107-8 ... your mileage may vary.

  • Thermopolis Hot Springs
  • Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis WY
  • Funny little place. It is mandated to be free by some old treaty or contract. There is an inside pool and an outside pool, and you can go to one or the other, and supposedly you have a 20 minute limit, but nobody was checking. I chose the outside pool,and it was really pleasant. Nice shade structure. It's very close to Tepee, so I didn't dry or change, I just soaked for a while, thanked to nice lady and flip-flopped 60 yards back to Tepee.

  • Caliente Hot Springs Motel
  • Caliente NV
  • Recently re-opened, run by an earnest young couple for whom I wish nothing but the best. You can get a rooms with your own tub, or for cheaper a regular room like mine, which is still quite nice, with a spacious kitchenette. With one of these rooms you can use the private tubs all evening. There are four more or less identical private tubs to choose from. They are open to the public until 3pm after that they are solely for the use of us lucky lodgers. :) You fill your tub from empty each time, so hygiene is pretty good, I think.

  • Crystal Crane Hot Springs
  • Crane OR
  • How have I not known about this place?! It was nearly perfect in every way for what I like to do on the road. Common Room next to the office with satellite tv. The pool is awesome. Maybe 100' across, 2-4' deep mostly, with incredibly, life-threateningly hot water comong in from the southeast end, and cooling jets shooting out from the south, so you simply ewade in and find your spot!

  • Harbin Hot Springs
  • Middletown CA
  • This used to be my favorite getaway(*) - old resort in the hills, a very hot pool, a just-right pool, a cold plunge, a lap pool that rocks on hot summer days, a cozy lodge, breakfast in the morning, expensive espresso drinks all day, world music dance every Tues and Thurs night. Even this though is the first date I've entered here, I've been here many times before. I stayed in actual rooms 4-5 times in the 90's when I worked at Autodesk, then I've camped here between 2 and 4 times a year since ... 2002? So I'm gonna say I've visited here over thirty times! (*)The place is getting insanely popular, and as they get more crowded they are getting less and less user-friendly - the old sad story, success DOES change a place!

  • Zim's
  • New Meadows, ID
  • locals pool, basketball hoops in the water, stuff like that. -- -- -- -- Camping here this time. Offseacon it's $15=$5+$10

  • Orvis Hot Springs
  • Ridgway CO
  • really nice pools in a beautiful valley. Camping ain't much, just a parking space. Paths and pools are full of uneven rocks so it's difficult to walk on the former and you're always banging your shins in the latter, but the waters are really nice. Has a smoking pool - a pool where you may smoke ciggies while you soak! Disgusting, but kinda cool!

  • Edgefield
  • McMenamin's, Troutdale OR
  • Disneyland for adults! many bars, three restaurants, weekend concerts, historical buildings, free coffee, beautiful grounds, and warm soaking pools with groovy little shower thingies and complementary bathrobes. deee-LUX! There are men's and women's dorms at opposite ends of the third floor, so one can stay relatively cheaply.

  • Mystic Hot Springs
  • Monroe UT
  • There is one big pool with a little waterfall, then up the hill are some bathtubs for your own private soak overlooking the wide valley. Really cool setup. Camping area is 200 yards down the hill. The pools are spectacular and the actual camping area is pleasant but rest of the property is extremely derelict. Walking up the crappy trail to the bathtubs in flip flops is hard for a 70-year old. It's pretty dangerous coming back down in wet flip-flops! Electric hookups and tent/van sleeping seem to be the same price.

  • Jackson Wellspring
  • Ashland OR
  • right outside Ashland, dusty little hippie place near the fancy Lithia Hot Springs Resort. The pools were excellent and clean, as was the pavilion area with wifi and electrical outlets. But the rest of the place was third world and had a weird vibe.

  • Lava Hot Springs
  • Lava Hot Springs ID
  • Six pools. The big rectangular one, around to the right in the grotto, is the very hottest - 112°. They get progressively cooler moving left. Next is the biggest and ranges from 110° to 103° according to the sign. Beautiful setting at the opening of a little canyon with the busy highway and railroad tracks right above..

  • Challis Hot Springs
  • Challis ID
  • An awesome find! Beautiful campsite right on a bend of the Salmon River.

  • Grover Hot Springs
  • California State Parks, Markleeville CA
  • The springs at Grover gurgle out of the hillside into a beautiful U-shaped alpine meadow. So it should be a groovy, enchanted place, but sadly it is managed by the State Parks system, who do their darnedest to make it prosaic and institutional. The pools are a couple of rectangular concrete tubs - a big one with lukewarm water, and a shallow (3 feet) one, maybe 40x20 which they keep at a pleasantly toasty 104°. You can look over the fence on the uphill side and see the water burble out of the ground and down a sluice to you. There are showers and cubbyholes to store your stuff. There is a campground, which I have never used since it's CA State Parks expensive and there is boondocking three miles down the road.

  • Whitmore Tubs
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mammoth CA
  • Hot water pops out of the ground at numerous places around here. Get the Cal/Nev Hot Springs book for details. Today I went to the first one off Whitmore Tubs Road, called "Hot Tub" in the book, "Rock Tub" on the PDF. It was just excellent for one or two people. This is BLM land so I think you can camp. I did not this time.

  • Crystal Hot Springs
  • Honeyville UT
  • Camping is expensive and the pools are extra, so not my thing. However just the pools is $5 for an old person, which IS my thing. There are: - three small pools ranging from very hot to way too hot. - one unheated pool for them kiddies - the biggest pool varies in temperature, see below. The big pool has three little waterfalls set up. The middle one is very hot, the left medium and the right cold. The left is always crowded, the right empty, and the middle always has an old dude or two planted under it.

  • Camas Hot Springs
  • Hot Springs MT
  • Pretty funky. The lesser of the two hot springs in the eponymous town, but it's the first one I came to, so it's the one I went to. I enjoyed it immensly! The other is Symes, which looked to have a small pool and a hotel! I am intrigued for some future trip!

  • Givens Hot Springs
  • Melba ID
  • Old, charmingly decrepit place on the Snake River south of Boise. The hot springs is basically a spring-fed indoor swimming pool. It's a nice temperature, especially after you find the 3-4 spots where the hot water comes in. There's a basketball hoop and 20-30 little beachballs floating around, so one can pass the time shooting hoops.

  • Spencer Hot Springs
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Austin NV
  • On the eastern side of the Great Smoky Valley,You could probably see it from US 50 if you knew where to look. Turns south off 50 onto 376, and almost immediately there is a turnoff to a pretty good gravel road heading straight as an arrow south into the flats. Follow that 6-ish miles, and you will find the hpt springs!

  • Cove Creek Hot Springs
  • Sawtooth National Forest, Stanley, ID
  • Nice pullover off Highway 75 east of Stanley. Park and walk down to a little 2 person pool by the Salmon River. No shade, so you'll need a sun-blocking plan in the middle of the day.

  • Bonneville Campground
  • Boise National Forest, Lowman ID
  • Not very remarkable campground, except for the really excellent hot springs pouring out of the side of the creek 1/4 mile away. Campground hosts were annoying busybodies.

  • Kirkham Campground
  • Boise National Forest, Lowman ID
  • Cool spot. Over a little bridge across the Payette River across the highway. A small campground with amazing hot springs a few yards away. Very crowded nowadays.

  • Buckeye Hot Springs
  • Humboldt Toyiabe National Forest, Bridgeport CA
  • steep, slippery hike down to the springs, which are a couple of hot streams falling into pools by the river

  • The Springs
  • Pagosa Springs CO
  • This a soaking wonderland! There are at least 15 different pools ranging from lukewarm to very hot, arranged on many levels on the hillside along the San Juan River. There are pools at river's edge, so you can hop from very hot to very cold water. I was first here in 1995, and the place has gotten way more developed and expensive since then.

  • Bear Lake Hot Springs
  • St Charles ID
  • closed for the season, but looked cool. Indoor pool and a couple of outdoor tubs. And a really pleasant looking campground at the northeast corner of Bear Lake. I'll bet it's hoppin' in the summer.

  • Pine Flats
  • Boise National Forest, Lowman ID
  • Travertine dispersed
  • Humboldt Toyiabe National Forest, Bridgeport CA
  • I have used the hot springs without camping, and lately I have been camping without soaking, so I'm breaking them into two spots. This is the camping spot.When the hot springs road turns left, take a right and park at any of the several rough camping spots. The hot springs is a little less tan a mile further on.

  • Tepee Springs
  • Thermopolis WY
  • Wonderful private facility inside Hot Springs State Park. See also Thermopolis Hot Springs, for the free facility a few yards away. This had pretty much everything - an indoor water slide, an outdoor water slide, big pools in and out, basketball hoops in and out, very hot tubs, medium hot tubs, and my most favorite things, hot waterfalls. The one inside was done up scenically as their centerpiece decoration but you could still get under it. The one outside didn't try to be fancy, it was just PCV pipe dropping a stream mineral water from 8' up. Just perfect.

  • Banbury Hot Springs
  • Buhl ID
  • Oh, this place is soooo nice! It is now the same management as Miracle Hot Springs, so for your $10 ($8 for senior) you can go to both. Camping over here is both cheaper and way nicer. The Miracle soaking setup is way better (see their Spot entry), so driving to Miracle for your soak and staying here the rest of the time is the best bet. Banbury is a very large concrete pool, with very hot water coming out one place and cold water as many other places as needed. It is next to the river. No wifi.

  • Benton Hot Springs
  • Benton CA
  • Tub 1 seems to always be booked. Tubs 2 and 3 are the lower priced tubs most likely to be open. I did T2 because it looked cozier in the picture. I like it better I think, but in T3 you can kick back and look at the hills which is cool.