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Learning How To Fish: A Handbook



Introduction: You’ve Got A Bite

1.Introduction You’ve Got A Bite


Fishing has been around for centuries and it was one of the first sources of protein for humans. Nowadays, many people use it merely for entertainment purposes.


There is a lot of evidence to indicate that fishing is the best hobby in the world, as it offers up a wide range of benefits for you to enjoy. 


Another great fact about fishing is that you don’t actually need that much equipment to take with you. Some people go with minimal gear, a fishing license, and some snacks for the journey – that’s it!


There are many types of fishing that you can specialize in, such as fly fishing, bait fishing, and fly fishing. 


Everyone prefers different types of fishing to others, so it might take you a few weeks to find your favorite. However, today we’re just going to be focusing on fishing for beginners.


More often than not you’ll begin learning the basics of fishing with bait. So, today we’re looking at how to begin bait fishing. 


When picking up a new hobby you will want to immerse yourself in the world of it, which is what we’re going to take you through today.


We’ll be covering why fishing is so great, what gear you’ll need to get started, a step-by-step guide for beginners, as well as much more. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get the ball reeling!

Why Should You Start Fishing? 

2.Why Should You Start Fishing

Many people think that fishing is a fun sport and hobby, and they’re not wrong. It is a great way to get out in nature and spend some time with yourself or your friends.


However, did you know that there are also mental, emotional, and physical benefits as well?


Fishing can be extremely therapeutic when you need it to be. Below we’re going to look at how fishing can benefit you in more ways than you first thought possible. 


2.Mental BenefitsFishing has been known to reduce stress, which is the first reason why it is great for mental health.


Being near a body of water can lower anxiety and calm the mind.


Many people use fishing to soothe the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as well as other mental illnesses.


Another way that fishing can help you mentally is that it can improve your concentration.


While you might switch off while waiting for a catch, being in nature is enough to improve how your brain works and concentrates on things around you. So, regularly fishing can help you to focus more on a daily basis.


1.Emotional BenefitsFishing helps you emotionally in a number of ways as well.


You can get together with friends and fish or join an angling club and meet new people.


Connecting with new or old friends can be great for your emotional wellbeing and communication skills.


Alternatively, fishing alone allows you to connect more with yourself and work on your inner peace.


It can also help to improve your self-esteem and how you view yourself. When you’re fishing you should set a list of goals to achieve and tick them off every time you complete one.


Fishing is an excellent hobby to set goals with because you can fish at any age, so you won’t be under time constraints to complete them. 


Once you complete a personal goal, perhaps you beat your personal best for the size of bass, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.


If you ever get to talk to an angler about their first catch, watch how their eyes light up when they recall the most impressive moment of theirs to date. 


Fishing can make you very proud of yourself, which is exactly what some people need out of it.


If you feel down on yourself, you can remember back to when you felt that accomplishment and feel impressed with yourself all over again. Fishing is a great way to boost your self-esteem. 


3.Physical BenefitsFinally, fishing is also great for your physical health. For starters, fishing works all of your main muscle groups and gets them moving.


These include your heart and lungs, promoting good cardiovascular health.


Walking from your car to your fishing spot requires an aerobic workout, and the weight of your gear intensifies the difficulty.

Once you’re at your fishing spot, setting up and casting out requires strength and can help to work your muscles. Larger fish also require a workout to reel them in and pick them up for a photo. You can burn up to 550 calories with just an hour of fishing!   


Another physical benefit is that fishing increases your vitamin D intake. As vitamin D comes primarily from the sun and being outside, you can top up on your vitamin D without even noticing it.


This vitamin boosts your immune system and can be seen to fight symptoms of depression. 

Fishing Gear: What You’ll Need To Get Started   

3.Fishing Gear What You’ll Need To Get Started

We mentioned earlier that you won’t need much gear at all to go fishing, but this is not always the case for everyone. Some people prefer to carry limited amounts of equipment while others like to be prepared for anything and everything.


Below we’re going to be looking at all of the gear that you can get for fishing, starting with the essentials.

Fishing license  

4.Fishing licenseBefore you even think about going fishing, you need to make sure that you have a current fishing license.

Your license needs to be suitable for the state that you’ll be fishing in, so don’t assume that you can fish wherever you like if you haven’t checked beforehand. 


You can buy a fishing license easily online or inside fishing shops.


Sometimes you can purchase them in convenience stores, but it’s not always certain. You’re better off checking online as you know that you’ll be able to apply for one. Fishing licenses aren’t too expensive, but the price depends on where you’re buying them. 


You can also purchase an annual license if you know that you’ll want to go fishing more than once.


Annual licenses are better value for the money and they allow you an entire year to go fishing without having to worry about a license again. Just remember to check it’s still valid every time you are about to go fishing so that it’s not unknowingly void.  

Fishing rod and reel  

5.Fishing rod and reelNow that you have a license you’re able to go fishing safely, you can begin gathering your other supplies.


It goes without saying that you’ll need a fishing rod and reel.


A fishing rod is a thin pole that allows your line and bait to reach further out in the water. 


Fish are clever creatures that won’t often come near the edge of the water as they know danger is lurking. Your fishing rod allows you to cast bait out where the fish consider a safe zone and will bite much more easily. 


Fishing rods are made from a material such as fiberglass or graphite, which is durable yet flexible enough to cast out well. The type of rod you opt for depends on the type of fishing that you’re going to embark on. 


Beginners should use a medium strength rod so that you can use it for lots of different types of fish. The responsiveness of the rod should also be good enough that you can easily feel the fish bite, and the ideal length will be around 11.8 inches longer than how tall you are. 


As you progress you can switch up your rod if you need a different one to achieve your personal goals. Coming to the fishing reel, this is a mechanism that attaches to the rod that helps you draw your line back in from the water. 


You can often find a good high-quality fishing rod and reel combo so that you don’t have to purchase both pieces of equipment separately. 

Fishing line  

6.Fishing lineThe fishing line is another essential that you need when you’re wanting to go fishing.


The line is what allows the fish to be reeled back towards the shore, so fishing without it makes the entire process obsolete. 


Some fishing reels come with some lines already installed, but this is not always the best quality.

Fishing lines are particularly susceptible to tangling and breaking, so you should bring enough for spares. 


The fishing line is classified by strength and weight, as well as castability, elasticity, and visibility. Where you’re planning on fishing will determine what line you need.


If you’re going to be fishing in rough waters you will need a hardier line, and if the water is murky you’ll need good visibility. 


7.HooksHooks often come in packs of various sizes so that you always have a hook for the occasion.


They are used at the end of the fishing line and get caught in the fish’s mouth once it nibbles on your bait.


There are many types of hooks to choose from, including single and double, depending on the size of fish you’re planning to catch. 


You attach the hooks to the fishing line with specialized knots that we’ll look at later in our article.


We’d recommend getting a variety of hooks so that you can easily change the size whenever you need to. 


8.Bait LuresBait is what attaches to the hooks and attracts the fish to your line.

Live bait is always considered best as that is what fish are most attracted to, but you can also opt for different types of bait if you’re squeamish. 


Worms and minnows are considered the best bait, but different fish all have their own unique appetites.


If you’re trying to catch a rare fish you might benefit from researching what they respond to best. You can purchase bait at fishing stores or find it lying around your home.


Cheaper alternatives to live bait are corn, marshmallows, pieces of hotdog, or squished pieces of bread. You can also find worms in your back garden for free bait. 


Moving into things that you don’t necessarily need but will benefit from when fishing, lures are a great way to help the fish find your hook. Lures are similar to the bait but they are fake and plastic. They look like real fish and are good for people who don’t fancy touching live worms.


Lures are also good for keeping fish unsuspecting in any water condition. For example, a bright fish in murky water might draw suspicion, so you use a dark lure in darker waters. You can also keep lures in case you run out of living bait mid-fish. 


9.BobbersBobbers float on top of the water and allow you to see when your bait has been nibbled by a fish.


These are particularly helpful for people who don’t have a very responsive fishing rod.


While the fish nibbles at the bait, the bobber will bob up and down on the water. 


However, once the bait has been taken the bobber should sink underwater, signaling to you that it is time to reel it in.


Again, bobbers are not necessary for your fishing journey, but they certainly help beginners learn the feel of a fish bite.


10.SinkersSinkers allow your line to stabilize as the hook and bait sink deeper.


They can come in different shapes and weights, and you can choose these factors depending on how deep you want the bait to go.


These are very helpful when you’re fishing for deepwater fish.


Make sure that you purchase a whole load and take a handful with you fishing as you’re likely to lose more than you’re expecting. 


11.SwivelsSwivels prevent your line from spinning and getting twisted from prolonged use of baits and lures.

They attach to your line and bait to connect the two so that the bait can move freely without ruining your line. 

Swivels are easy to use and can be a lifesaver when you have little patience for a fishing line that keeps breaking, but they are not the most durable themselves.


Make sure that you have more than one with you in case the original breaks. 

Needle nose pliers  

12.Needle nose pliersThese pliers can be used for removing hooks from the fish that you catch.


They’re not always needed and you can do it with your fingers, but some fishermen have been bitten by this – literally.


Fish with sharp teeth can bite when you’re trying to remove the hook from their mouths, so be careful. 

First aid kit  

We don’t want to worry about getting hurt on a fishing trip, but it always pays to be prepared. Taking a first aid kit with you ensures that you are prepared for everything.


Some bandaids, medical tape, antibacterial cream, and bandages will be enough to tide you over if you injure yourself, so don’t take too much with you that it weighs you down.

Sun protection

13.Sun protectionYou’re going to be exposed to the sun for a long time during a fishing trip, so you need to make sure that you’re comfortable and protected from the harmful UV rays.

Although the sun can offer beneficial vitamin D and warmth, it is also rather dangerous when you’re not prepared. 

Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are best used while you’re fishing.


They won’t disturb your hobby but they’ll be silently protecting you in the background.


Sun protection is one of the things that many people overlook when they’re fishing, so make sure that you don’t. 

Tying Knots: Knots That You’ll Need To Fish  

4.Tying Knots Knots That You’ll Need To Fish

Fishing requires you to know a lot of knots. Sure, you can tie two pieces of line together with a basic knot that you learned when you were a child, but this is by no means the best way to go about it. When you really dive into the world of fishing, there are over 60 knots for you to learn and use. 


However, today we’re going to stick to five that we think every beginner should know. These will help you with every problem that you might encounter during a fishing trip, so get your practice line and get to learning! 

Palomar knot 

14.Palomar knotBest for braided fishing line, the Palomar knot is great for tying swivels, hooks, and snap links. You can use it on any line; however, it is not exclusive to braided lines. 

How to:

  1. Double your line over so that there is a loop at the end. 
  2. Push the loop through your hook. 
  3. Take the loop around the end of the hook.
  4. Pull on the line to tighten the knot. 
  5. Trim any loose ends. 

Improved clinch knot

15.Improved clinch knotAnother knot that can be used for tying a line to a hook, the improved clinch knot is one of the most used knots in fishing. 


How to:

  1. Push your line through the hook and wrap the end of the line around the rest of line five to seven times. 
  2. Thread the loose end through the loop closest to the hook. 
  3. Push the loose end through the loose section of the line that was left from step two. 
  4. Pull both ends of the line until the knot is tight. 
  5. Trim any extra line. 

Blood knot  

16.Blood knotUse the blood knot to tie two ends of the line together. This is particularly helpful if you have a line that has snapped and you want to tie the two ends together again. 

How to:

  1. Put both of the lines ends together for several inches. 
  2. Wrap one piece of line around the other at least five times. 
  3. Wrap the other piece of line around the first piece of line. 
  4. Make sure that the two ends are tucked in between the two pieces of the line. 
  5. Pull from each piece of the line until the knot is tight and the line is in one piece again. 

Double surgeon’s loop

17.Double surgeon’s loopMost fishermen use the double surgeon’s loop for forming a loop at the end of a piece of line. This is one of the easiest and quickest methods of creating a loop that is sure not to come undone. 

How to:

  1. Take the wire and double it up before tying a loose single overhand knot. 
  2. Pass the end loop through the middle of the overhand knot. 
  3. Moisten the knot before tightening it. 

Turle knot

18.Turle knotThe turle knot is best for typing a smaller hook to a thin piece of line. While the Palomar or improved clinch knot might work as well, the turle knot is generally more popular. 

How to:

  1. Thread the line through the hook and loosely tie a double overhand knot. 
  2. Take the open-loop and pass it over the hook.
  3. Tighten the knot so that the loop tightens around the eye of the hook. 


Let’s Get Fishing: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners  

5.Let’s Get Fishing A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

So, now we know the basics of fishing and what we need to take with us. But how do you actually go about fishing?


The sport sounds a lot more simplistic than it is. Don’t get us wrong, all of the techniques will become second nature to you before long – but you have to learn them first! 

Finding the perfect spot  

19.Finding the perfect spotWhile you might have your fishing license and all of your gear, do you know where the best place to fish around you is?


You can find these spots online, but we would recommend heading to a fishing store and asking an avid angler.


They’ll always be able to tell you some of the best spots for beginners. 


The internet could also be outdated and lead you to the wrong places.


What once was a thriving fishing location turns out to be a dried up hole by the time you get there.


Another method is to join an angling club as there will be more experienced leaders who know the best places to visit. 

Learning your etiquette 

20.Learning your etiquetteYou might not know this already, but fishermen should always follow a set of strict rules unless you want to be judged by other anglers.


You should always be respectful of others, the environment, and the fish that you catch. 


For example, you shouldn’t set up right next to another angler who was there before you.


You are disturbing their way of doing things and taking away from their catches.


Remain at least 60 feet away from other fishermen, but put more space between you if there are not many people around. 


There are regulations for certain waters that explain how you can only catch and release in certain areas, so make sure you read up on the area beforehand.


You should also understand and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles. Another unspoken rule is that you should not catch and take home more fish than you can eat.


To sum up: don’t be rude, refrain from leaving your mess around, and don’t get greedy. Following these simple rules will ensure that you and other anglers get on well. 

Setting up your rod

21.Setting up your rodNow that you’re at your chosen area and you know the etiquette to stick to, you need to set up your rod so that you can get to catch some fish!


Make sure that you practice how to put the rod together at home before its first use.


This way you won’t look like a beginner to everyone else. 


Piece the rod together and attach the reel. Your reel should already have a line on it, but now you’ll need to attach the line to the rest of the rod.


Lift the bale arm on the reel and pull the end of the line. Thread the line through the guides along the fishing rod.


The guides are small hoops that are in a line all the way up the rod. 


Once the line is all the way at the top of the rod, close the bale arm again. Now you need to attach your hook and bait.


You can attach the hook with one of the knots that we looked at above, and the bait will be pushed onto the tip of the hook.


You can also choose if you’re going to attach a lure to your line or not. If the answer is yes, make sure to check the visibility of the water and what the weather is doing.


Bright lures are best for clear waters and darker lures are better for murky water. If you’re not attaching a lure, you can begin casting out and trying to catch your first fish!

Casting out  

22.Casting outNow that you’ve got your gear sorted, you can cast your line out and begin waiting for a bite.


If you have a spinning reel, casting is very simple and doesn’t require much thought. Simply wind it up and throw your hook as far into the water as you can.


Leave around 10 inches of line out of the top of your fishing rod, holding it so that the reel is below your favored hand. 


A spinning reel will have a bail that prevents any wire from coming out of the reel when you don’t want it to.


To cast out you will need to stop this bail from working, so flip it and hold the line steady with your finger instead.


Bring the rod tip upright and behind you (not too much, though!) before using your wrist to flick the rod back in front of you. 


As the rod is perfectly vertical you will need to simultaneously release your finger that was holding the line.


This will send the hook or lure flying towards the water. Once you’ve finished casting you should flip the bail back on so that the line is contained.


Start reeling your line to your chosen position and wait for your bait to catch a fish’s eye. 

Hooking a fish  

23.Hooking a fishHooking a fish seems simple enough, but there are a few things that you should be cautious of.


The first is that your catch could outsmart you and spit your bait back out before the hook latches onto them.


The second is that the line needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight of a struggling fish.


The good news is that these issues can be avoided by setting the hook properly.


You’ll need to do this at the exact right time when the fish has bitten your bait, so it can take a bit of practice to get it right.


Essentially, you need to be able to see under the water. As this is impossible without a camera, you need to get good at understanding the rod. 


When your bobber sinks or you feel a bite with your rod, point the tip of the rod upward and pull back with a moderate amount of pressure.


This will allow the hook to remain in the lip of the fish without ripping the flesh. If you get the timing just right the hook will be set in the lip rather than any further into the mouth. 


Now that the fish is hooked, you should not rush to reel it back to shore as this could break the line. Instead, you need the fish to use all of its energy before you can see what you have caught.


‘Playing’ the fish might be long-winded but definitely worth the wait. Just try to keep the fish on the line while it’s busy using up all its energy. 


We’ve made that seem rather simple, but when put into practice hooking a fish can be rather difficult. For this reason, we’ve come up with a few more tips for you to follow. 

  • Make sure that your line doesn’t have too much slack
  • It will take a few uses to properly understand your reel’s drag system


The smaller your reel is, the better it is at catching small fish. That;’s not to say that you won’t be able to catch a large fish with your beginner rod, but if you want to catch the biggest fish out there you will need a larger reel. 

Landing your catch

24.Landing your catchIf you’ve done all of the above steps correctly and have a tired out fish on its way to the shore, get ready to see your first catch!


A net is almost always favorable here, but don’t worry if you don’t have one to hand.


Nets can help you to scoop the fish out of the water and avoid damaging the fish. 


However, if you don’t have a net you’ll just have to get closer to the water so that you can lift it up before it starts flailing on the shore.


Handle your fish carefully – don’t press on its gills or squeeze its stomach hard.


If you want to release it back into the water, don’t keep it out for longer than you’d be able to hold your breath. 

A Brief Guide On Fish: Should You Eat it?  

6.A Brief Guide On Fish Should You Eat it

If you’re fishing for your dinner tonight, you might want to think about the decision you’re making before rushing into cooking the fish.


If you’re fishing in polluted waters, the fish you’re about to eat might be full of pollution and chemicals that could be hazardous to your health.


Moreover, eating polluted fish could cause birth defects, cancer, and other health problems. 


You might be thinking: ‘but the water looked clean so it can’t have been polluted!’, but you could be wrong. It can be very difficult to know whether or not a body of water is polluted.


However, there are ways for you to find out whether the fish are safe to eat or not. Some waters have signs around them warning anglers of the harmful water, so look out for these. 


If you see no signs but you’re still dubious, you can call the local health or environmental protection department.


They should be able to tell you if there are any warnings for your chosen fishing spot. Alternatively, you can ask local fishing shops if they know about any advisories. 


Some fish have a higher risk of being dangerously polluted than others. Older fish almost always have more chemicals within them, so try and stick to eating the young fish wherever possible.


Fatty fish are also at higher risk, so stay away from these wherever possible. 


It is possible for you to clean the fish and remove some of the chemical pollutants. No matter how you’re going to cook it, you need to know how to properly clean and gut a fish.


To remove as many of the chemicals as possible, you should remove and discard the head, kidneys, liver, and guts right away. 


You should also remove as much of the fat and the skin as you can before you cook it. Finally, cleaning and dressing the fish as soon as possible is best to avoid consuming too many of the original pollutants. 


Cooking your fish properly can also help to reduce the risks of eating contaminated fish. Cooking it so that the fat drains away will remove toxins that are stored in the fish.


While it might be tempting to use the drippings as additional flavor, discard them right away as they might have higher levels of toxins than your cooked fish. 


Following the correct precautions can allow you to avoid the toxins and chemical pollutants that are sometimes found in fish.


There can also be high levels of mercury in fish which needs to be lowered before you can eat it safely. Alternatively, you can simply fish in uncontaminated waters by asking the right people where the safe waters are.  

Conclusion: Hook, Line & Sinker!

7.Conclusion Hook, Line & Sinker!

And that concludes our handbook to learning how to fish. You should now feel much more excited and ready to get out there and find your new favorite hobby.


There are so many benefits that come with fishing, and they all help your health and wellbeing. 


Fishing is a great way to meet new people or take some time to yourself. It can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.


It has been shown to reduce symptoms of many mental health issues and give you a self-esteem boost every time you catch something. Not to mention you can get a great full-body workout from it! 


Before you hop in the car and head to the closest body of water, you will need to gather some essential supplies.


A fishing license is needed and easily attainable, and you might even choose an annual license so you can go as many times as you’d like. 


You’ll also need a fishing rod, reel, line, and some bait. This is the most basic and minimalistic list of equipment that you could take.


However, there are plenty of other accessories that will enhance your trip and make fishing much easier. 


Once you’ve chosen all of the gear you want to bring with you, your next task is to learn the basic knots that you’ll need.


You never know when your line is going to snap or you’ll need to create a loop at the end of the line, so knots are a vital part of fishing. Moreover, you need to be able to tie your hook to the line. 


There is more to fishing than meets the eye, but that is what makes it so dynamic and interesting. If it were as simple as casting out and reeling a fish back in right away, we’d all get bored!


Instead, it will take a few tries to master all of the different aspects of fishing. 


Once you get the hang of casting out properly, you’ll then be tasked with learning how to set your hook correctly after a bite. One thing to learn right away; however, is the etiquette that you should follow as an angler.


Treating others, the environment, and the fish well will go a long way in getting other anglers respect. 


Feel free to eat your catch for your dinner, but make sure you know the risks of consuming fish from polluted waters.


You should always try to find a body of water that is safe to fish from, but there are ways to reduce the toxins in the fish. Proper care, cleanliness, and cooking can protect you from potential health risks. 

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13 Best Hot Springs in Utah




In the heart of the rugged and diverse landscapes of Utah, a collection of natural geothermal wonders awaits your discovery – the state’s best-kept secrets, its hot springs. Utah’s hot springs offer an escape from the ordinary, a chance to soak in warm, healing waters while surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the state’s wilderness.

From hidden desert gems to alpine hideaways, Utah’s hot springs provide an array of unique experiences. In this guide, we embark on a journey to explore the finest hot springs Utah has to offer. Each of these geothermal treasures is complemented by its unique charm, beckoning travelers and nature enthusiasts to unwind in their therapeutic embrace. So, pack your sense of adventure and a desire for relaxation as we venture through the desert wonders, mountain retreats, and serene oases that make up the best hot springs in Utah.

1. Mystic Hot Springs/Monroe Hot Springs

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Mystic Hot Springs, a unique oasis nestled between Fishlake National Forest and Sevier Plateau in Sevier County, Utah, offers a remarkable blend of natural wonder and bohemian charm. The resort boasts stunning valley views, making it a captivating destination. What sets these hot springs apart are the way they cascade over massive rock walls adorned with captivating calcium deposits. The hot spring waters here range from 100 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, offering a variety of soaking experiences. Several tubs are thoughtfully integrated into the natural landscape, providing visitors with a range of options to unwind in these soothing waters.
  • Location: Monroe, near Richfield off I-70, approximately 1.5 hours west of Capitol Reef National Park.
  • Temperature: 100-106°F
  • Things to do: Indulge in two spacious hot spring swimming pools, or choose the private vintage bathtubs surrounded by mineral-formed rocks for a truly Instagram-worthy experience. Water temperatures in the tubs vary, ranging from 99 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Mystic Hot Springs goes beyond the relaxing soaks by offering mindful massages and Hypnotherapy sessions focused on aligning your body, mind, and heart.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but summer offers the added allure of music festivals and concerts.
  • Cost: Admission fees apply, and additional fees may be charged for specific services.
  • How to Reach: Located near Monroe, Utah, the hot springs are accessible from Richfield off I-70, and are approximately 1.5 hours west of Capitol Reef National Park.

2. Homestead Resort/Crater Hot Spring, Midway

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Tucked away in the scenic foothills of the Wasatch Valley, Homestead Resort beckons as a tranquil hot spring retreat. Boasting an array of amenities, including a swimming pool, golfing facilities, and well-appointed rooms, it sets the stage for a relaxing escape. However, the crown jewel of this resort is the Crater Hot Spring, a geothermal marvel nestled within a 55-foot tall limestone rock.
  • Location: Midway, about 45 minutes east of Salt Lake City.
  • Temperature: 90-96°F
  • Things to do: Encased within a beehive-shaped limestone dome formed over 10,000 years ago, the Crater Hot Spring offers a unique experience regardless of the season. The underground cavern, bathed in natural light filtering through a hole in the dome’s apex, presents a distinctive destination within Utah. This geological wonder maintains a soothing water temperature between 90 and 96 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round.
  • Cost: Admission fees apply, and additional fees may be charged for specific services.
  • How to reach: From Salt Lake City, take a drive that’s roughly 45 minutes to the east, and you’ll find yourself in the charming town of Midway, where Homestead Resort is nestled.

3. Inlet Park Hot Springs, Saratoga Springs

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Inlet Park Hot Springs, a publicly accessible natural hot spring nestled beside the picturesque Utah Lake, offers a convenient and relaxing soaking experience. The hot springs are easily reached with parking facilities nearby, ensuring accessibility for visitors. The main attraction here is a generously sized hot spring pool, stretching approximately 40 feet in length and width and plunging up to 3 feet deep. The water in this pool can reach balmy temperatures of up to 110 degrees, providing a rejuvenating soak. It’s advisable to wear water shoes or tread cautiously, as the popularity of this spot sometimes results in leftover debris. Please be aware that the hot springs close at 10pm, and soaking beyond that hour may incur substantial fines.

  • Location: Saratoga Springs, approximately 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City, situated northwest of the Provo metropolitan area.
  • Temperature: Up to 110°F
  • Things to do: Inlet Park Hot Springs is a favorite hotspot near Utah Lake, known for its three distinct pools, each offering water temperatures of up to 109 degrees. These pools feature muddy bottoms, so wearing water shoes is recommended if you prefer to keep your feet clean. When the heat becomes too much to bear, you can cool off in the closest pool to the lake, which tends to be muddier. The city has made efforts to develop the area around the hot springs, including a pathway from Inlet Park’s parking area.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round.
  • Cost: Admission fees may apply.
  • How to reach: Located in Saratoga Springs, this hot spring is situated roughly 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City, to the northwest of the Provo metropolitan area.

4. Crystal Hot Springs, Honeyville

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Crystal Hot Springs, located just over an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City in Box Elder County, Utah, is a delightful family-friendly hot spring resort with a wide range of attractions. The resort boasts seven hot spring pools, three hot spring waterfalls, and even a thrilling waterslide. Whether you’re seeking a day of relaxation or an extended getaway, Crystal Hot Springs has you covered with RV spaces and camping options available. The hot spring pools feature a diverse range of temperatures, ranging from a comfortable 85 degrees to a toasty 110 degrees. After soaking up the warmth, cool off by taking an exhilarating plunge under the cold waterfall.

  • Location: Honeyville, approximately one hour north of Salt Lake City, in the Brigham City area.
  • Temperature: 85-110°F
  • Things to do: Crystal Hot Springs, known for having the highest mineral content in the world and the unique occurrence of hot and cold springs in a single location, offers an array of attractions. You can unwind in three mineral hot tubs, take a dip in two large pools, and experience the excitement of a double water slide, all of which are open year-round. The water temperatures in the pools and springs span a wide range, from 65 to 134 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round.
  • Cost: Admission fees apply, and camping fees may vary.
  • How to reach: Situated in Honeyville, Crystal Hot Springs is conveniently located about one hour north of Salt Lake City, in the Brigham City area.

5. Veyo Pool Hot Springs

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Veyo Pool Hot Springs is a family-friendly hot spring resort located near Zion National Park in Utah. This inviting destination features a generously-sized hot spring-fed swimming pool with water temperatures ranging from 94 to 98 degrees. Whether you’re seeking a cozy room, a camping spot, or an RV site, Veyo Pool Hot Springs offers various accommodation options for all types of travelers.

Founded over a century ago, Veyo Pools is nestled amidst the dramatic desert canyons and towering cliffs of Utah. Although the pool’s temperature may not be scorching, it becomes an ideal retreat during the hot Utah summers when desert temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Families will find it particularly appealing, with historic farmhouse lodgings, tent camping areas, and ample RV spaces.

  • Location: Veyo, near Zion National Park, one of Utah’s premier national parks.
  • Temperature: 94-98°F
  • Things to do: Veyo Pool Hot Springs is an excellent choice if you’re planning to explore the national parks in the southern part of Utah. This historic hot spring destination offers a large pool filled with geothermal mineral water, providing a unique soaking experience. The resort features camping facilities, showers, restrooms, parking, a gift shop, and towel rentals.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, with summer being an ideal time for a refreshing dip.
  • Cost: Admission is $16, and children under 2 enter for free.
  • How to reach: Veyo Pool Hot Springs is located in Veyo, near Zion National Park, making it a convenient stop when exploring the southern national parks of Utah.

6. Diamond Fork/Fifth Water Hot Springs

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Diamond Fork Hot Springs, also known as Fifth Water Hot Springs, is a captivating natural oasis located approximately 30 minutes outside of Provo, Utah. These hot springs are renowned for their extraordinary natural beauty. As you venture on the moderate 2.5-mile hike to reach them, you’ll discover multiple rock-walled pools, each filled with milky blue and green-hued water that flows from one to another. The water temperature in these pools ranges up to a cozy 102 degrees, providing an array of soaking options.

  • Location: Accessible via the trailhead on Diamond Fork Road, about 1.5 hours southeast from Salt Lake City, and approximately 30 minutes east of Spanish Fork on U.S. 89.
  • Temperature: 102-111°F
  • Things to do: The journey to Diamond Fork Hot Springs is an adventure in itself. You’ll embark on a 2.5-mile moderate difficulty hike that takes you through scenic landscapes and past three picturesque waterfalls. The hike can be challenging, especially in winter when the road is closed, necessitating a 10-mile roundtrip trek. Upon reaching the hot springs, you can explore various pools of varying sizes and temperatures. For a quieter experience, hike to the higher second waterfall pools, which are less crowded and offer stunning views. It’s essential to bring plenty of water, wear suitable hiking shoes, and pack a towel and dry clothes for the hike back.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but be prepared for a longer hike in the winter when the road is closed.
  • Cost: Admission is free.
  • How to reach: The trailhead to Diamond Fork Hot Springs is situated on Diamond Fork Road, making it accessible from Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork. Be sure to check the road conditions, especially during winter, to plan your visit accordingly.

7. Meadow Hot Springs, Meadow

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Meadow Hot Springs, located just south of Fillmore, Utah, in the charming town of Meadow, is a remarkable gem among natural hot springs in the United States. These hot springs offer a truly unique experience, set in a picturesque landscape. You’ll discover two clear water hot spring pools, with the larger one plunging to an impressive 25 feet deep and maintaining a toasty temperature of around 100 degrees. In the smaller pool, which is slightly cooler, you’ll even find small fish that offer a surprising spa experience as they give your feet a gentle manicure. It’s important to note that Meadow Hot Springs are privately owned, and visitors are kindly requested to respect the landowners’ rules, which allow them to share this natural wonder with the public.

  • Location: Situated in Meadow, Utah, this hot spring can be found just off I-15, roughly 1.5 hours south of Provo and two hours northwest of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Temperature: 100°F
  • Things to do: Meadow Hot Springs is perfect for a relaxing soak and enjoying the scenic surroundings. With two clear water hot spring pools, you can choose between a warm dip or a slightly cooler experience. Don’t miss the chance to observe and interact with the small fish in the smaller pool, providing an unexpected and delightful experience.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round access, and it’s particularly enchanting in winter when you can relish the pristine environment, accentuated by the contrast between freezing air temperatures and the soothing hot waters.
  • Cost: Free admission.
  • How to reach: Meadow Hot Springs are conveniently located off I-15, accessible via a 5-mile, non-technical dirt road. While the journey might get your vehicle a little dirty, the experience is well worth it.

8. Baker Hot Springs: A Tranquil Desert Retreat

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Nestled in the heart of Utah’s expansive West Desert, Baker Hot Springs offers an idyllic escape for those seeking solace amidst the arid wilderness. Just a short drive from Provo and in close proximity to the striking Great Basin National Park, this natural thermal wonder promises a serene oasis. As you embark on your journey, prepare to be enchanted by three cement-walled tubs brimming with warm, mineral-rich waters, providing the perfect setting for relaxation.

The road leading to Baker Hot Springs might be a bit rugged, and a 4×4 vehicle is advisable, but it will guide you directly to these inviting springs. While the tubs are not meticulously cleaned, this unspoiled state adds to the springs’ unique allure. The flexibility to adjust the water temperature by mixing the warm spring water with a refreshing flow of cold water allows for a personalized soaking experience. With its simplicity, undeveloped charm, and natural surroundings, Baker Hot Springs offers a truly exceptional desert escape.

  • Location: Delta, about two hours southwest of Provo in Utah’s West Desert.
  • Temperature: The springs boast a toasty temperature of around 107°F.
  • Things to do: Enjoy a peaceful soak, adjusting the water to your preferred temperature in the cement-walled tubs amidst the Utah desert.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round escapade for those seeking a tranquil soak in the midst of nature.
  • Cost: Admission is free, making it an accessible natural hot spring experience.
  • How to Reach: Accessing the hot springs involves a bit of a rough drive down a dirt road, preferably with a 4×4 vehicle for ease. The road leads directly to the springs.

9. Stinky Hot Springs

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Stinky Hot Springs, true to their name, are renowned for their distinct sulfuric aroma, showcasing the rich mineral content in their waters. Nestled on private property, the gracious owner allows public use, inviting enthusiasts to enjoy the therapeutic effects of these springs. Comprising three cement hot spring tubs, these geothermal pools provide a unique and rejuvenating soaking experience.

  • Location: Accessible right off a highway, ensuring convenient and straightforward access.
  • Temperature: The hot springs maintain a temperature that aligns with their rejuvenating properties, laden with minerals.
  • Things to do: Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich waters, experiencing the potential health benefits these springs have to offer.
  • Best time to visit: Stinky Hot Springs are a year-round retreat for those seeking the benefits of geothermal soaking.
  • Cost: The hot springs are open to the public for free, offering an accessible natural hot spring experience.

10. Belmont Hot Springs RV Park and Resort

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Belmont Hot Springs RV Park and Resort is a unique and all-encompassing destination for hot spring enthusiasts. Situated in northern Utah, near the Idaho border, this resort offers a distinct blend of natural relaxation and outdoor adventure. What sets Belmont apart is its combination of hot spring pools, nearby hiking trails, and electrical hookups for RV travelers.

  • Location: Nestled in northern Utah, near the Idaho border, making it an ideal stop for travelers on a Southwest road trip.
  • Temperature: The hot springs at Belmont RV Park maintain a soothing jacuzzi-like temperature, ranging from 97 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Things to do: Enjoy a soak in the spacious hot spring lake, perfect for paddleboarding or leisurely relaxation. Scuba diving opportunities are available, providing a unique underwater perspective. The surrounding area features numerous hiking trails, and Nordic Valley Ski Resort is just a short drive away.
  • Best time to visit: Belmont Hot Springs welcomes visitors year-round, ensuring access to geothermal relaxation and outdoor activities in all seasons.
  • Cost: For those staying at the RV Park, the nightly fee is $40, with a weekly rate of $250. The extensive amenities provided include restrooms, showers, hot water, front desk services, laundry facilities, and a clubhouse. Nearby attractions, including ski slopes, add to the appeal of this remarkable destination.

11. Ogden Hot Springs

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Discover the secluded, natural geothermal escape of Ogden Hot Springs in Utah. The status of these mountain springs may seem uncertain online, but rest assured, they’re open and ready for those seeking a tranquil and authentic soaking experience. A scenic hiking trail winds through the forest to reach these hidden mountain springs, each offering its unique temperature. Embrace the serene and refreshing natural waters in the company of lush wilderness. Ogden Hot Springs enforces a strict “Leave No Trace” policy, emphasizing a commitment to preserving the environment. The springs are pristine and serene, free from the interference of glass, pets, or littering. While parking near the springs is limited, convenient options are available at the base of the canyon, just a short walk away from this hidden gem.

  • Location: Ogden, Utah
  • Temperature: Typically ranging between 97 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Things to do: Explore the multiple pools tucked away in Ogden’s beautiful wilderness, surrounded by nature’s tranquility.
  • Best time to visit: Open year-round, these hot springs offer a warm retreat no matter the season.
  • Cost: Enjoy free admission, making Ogden Hot Springs a natural and budget-friendly destination. The springs feature multiple pools, free parking, and a clothing-optional atmosphere.
  • How to Reach: Accessible via a scenic hiking trail through the forest. Limited parking is available near the springs, with additional options at the base of the canyon, requiring a short walk to the springs.

12. Red Hill Hot Springs, Monroe

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Nestled just a short 4-minute drive away from the renowned Mystic Hot Springs, Red Hill Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah, offers a tranquil escape without the crowds. These lesser-visited springs are a hidden gem, and the best part? They won’t cost you a dime. Four distinct pools provide options for relaxation, and the picturesque backdrop of the surrounding red rock formations adds to the allure of Red Hill Hot Springs.

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Utah’s iconic red desert landscape, the inviting pools at Red Hill Hot Springs offer an intimate and serene soaking experience. These pools are relatively small, accommodating only a few people at a time. To savor the full wonder of these thermal springs, consider an early morning visit when you can have one of these little pieces of paradise all to yourself. Additionally, the winter season presents an excellent opportunity to enjoy these hot springs in solitude.

  • Location: Monroe, Utah
  • Temperature: Up to a toasty 154 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Things to do: Revel in the intimacy of smaller pools, surrounded by the beauty of red rock formations in the Utah desert.
  • Best time to visit: Open year-round, so you can enjoy the soothing waters in any season.
  • Cost: Free admission makes Red Hill Hot Springs a budget-friendly destination. The site includes amenities like pit toilets, a parking area, and multiple pools to choose from.

13. Horseshoe Warm Springs, Salt Lake City

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Nestled amidst Utah’s striking desert plains, Horseshoe Warm Springs offer a soothing oasis surrounded by fragrant sagebrush. These natural hot springs are a haven for those seeking muscle relaxation and a connection with the unique beauty of the desert. The springs derive their name from the distinct horseshoe-shaped pools they form, creating a captivating sight in Skull Valley, located in western Utah. Unlike traditional hot springs, the waters here are considered “warm springs,” boasting a comfortable temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes Horseshoe Warm Springs particularly inviting during the summer months, offering a refreshing contrast to the desert’s arid climate.

The hot springs provide a tranquil escape, with a spacious deck running alongside, providing a perfect place for your four-legged friend to rest while you bask in the warm waters. Apart from the springs themselves, Horseshoe Warm Springs offer an array of experiences. The area is renowned for fishing, beckoning anglers to test their skills in its waters. Adventure enthusiasts will find plenty to do, including ATV rides and hiking trails, allowing you to explore the desert landscapes. Additionally, you have the opportunity to delve into history by visiting the nearby ghost town of Losepa.

  • Location: Skull Valley, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Temperature: The springs maintain a warm and consistent temperature of around 70 degrees.
  • Things to do: Rejuvenate with a soak in the horseshoe-shaped hot springs, and let your canine companion relax on the adjacent deck. Engage in fishing, explore nearby hiking trails, or embark on exciting ATV adventures in the area. For a touch of history, explore the intriguing ghost town of Losepa.
  • Best time to visit: Open year-round, with the summer season offering the allure of cooler waters amidst the desert heat.
  • Cost: Enjoy free admission, making Horseshoe Warm Springs a cost-effective escape.
  • How to Reach: Situated in Skull Valley near Salt Lake City, Horseshoe Warm Springs are easily accessible, offering a convenient retreat into the captivating desert landscapes.


Utah’s diverse and picturesque landscapes are not only renowned for their stunning red rock formations and majestic mountains but are also home to a collection of exquisite natural hot springs. From the mystic beauty of Mystic Hot Springs to the adventurous soak at Fifth Water Hot Springs and the calming serenity of Meadow Hot Springs, Utah’s geothermal wonders offer a range of experiences for all.


Are these hot springs safe for children and families?

Most hot springs in Utah are family-friendly, but it’s essential to consider the water temperature and your child’s tolerance. Some hot springs have varying pool temperatures, making it easier to find a comfortable spot for children. Always supervise children closely and check individual hot spring rules for age restrictions.

Are the hot springs clothing-optional?

The clothing policy varies depending on the hot spring. Some hot springs are clothing-optional, while others strictly require swimwear. Always review the specific rules for each hot spring and adhere to them.

Can I bring food and drinks to the hot springs?

Policies regarding food and drinks differ between hot springs. Some may allow small snacks, while others strictly prohibit outside food and drinks. Always respect the rules of the hot spring you’re visiting and clean up after yourself.

Is camping allowed at these hot springs?

Camping policies vary widely among hot springs. Some hot springs have nearby campgrounds or even on-site accommodations, while others may prohibit camping. Check the specific rules and availability of camping options at the hot spring you plan to visit.

What’s the best time to visit Utah’s hot springs?

Many hot springs can be enjoyed year-round. The best time to visit depends on your preferences. Summer offers warm weather and often coincides with outdoor festivals, while winter provides a unique experience with snow-draped landscapes. Consider your tolerance for different temperatures and the activities you’d like to enjoy.

Are there any health precautions to take when visiting hot springs?

While hot springs are generally safe, it’s essential to be aware of potential health risks. Some hot springs have high mineral content, which can irritate sensitive skin or eyes. Avoid hot springs if you have open wounds or skin infections. Also, stay hydrated and avoid alcohol when soaking in hot springs.

What’s the etiquette at hot springs in Utah?

Observing proper hot spring etiquette is crucial. Always follow posted rules and guidelines, such as bathing suit requirements, no alcohol policies, and leave-no-trace principles. Respect the environment and other visitors by keeping noise levels to a minimum and cleaning up after yourself.

Are these hot springs wheelchair-accessible?

Accessibility varies from one hot spring to another. Some may have wheelchair-accessible facilities, while others may not be suitable for those with mobility challenges. Check with the specific hot spring to determine its accessibility features.

Do I need to make reservations in advance?

While some hot springs require reservations, many are open on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your spot, especially during peak seasons or for accommodations, it’s advisable to make reservations ahead of time.

Can I bring my pet to the hot springs?

Pet policies differ among hot springs. Some are pet-friendly, while others do not allow animals. If you plan to bring your pet, check the specific rules of the hot spring to ensure you comply with their policies.

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11 Best Hot Springs in Arizona




Nestled amid the rugged landscapes and arid deserts of Arizona are some of nature’s best-kept secrets – therapeutic hot springs. These geothermal wonders offer an escape from the ordinary, a chance to soak in warmth, serenity, and the beauty of the Arizona wilderness.

From remote desert hideaways to alpine retreats, Arizona’s hot springs provide a range of unique experiences. In this guide, we unveil the finest hot springs the state has to offer. Join us as we explore the desert gems, mountain sanctuaries, and secluded oases that make up the best hot springs in Arizona.

1. Arizona Hot Springs

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Nestled in the heart of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona Hot Springs also known as Ringbolt Hot Spring offers a unique desert oasis with water temperatures ranging from pleasantly warm to hot. These naturally formed springs provide a therapeutic retreat, and reaching them involves a picturesque hike from the Arizona Hot Spring Trailhead. The trail leads you through scenic canyons, offering glimpses of indigenous flora and intriguing geological formations. Once you arrive at the hot springs, you’ll be treated to a series of pools overlooking the magnificent Colorado River. To access these inviting waters, a bit of hiking is required, making it a fantastic adventure for nature enthusiasts.

  • Location: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona
  • Temperature: 110°F
  • Things to do: Enjoy a scenic hike, soak in the hot springs with stunning river views.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation or workshop attendance.
  • Cost: Fees vary based on reservations and workshops.
  • How to Reach: Starting in Boulder City, Nevada, drive along Highway 93 for approximately 10 miles, which will take you across the Hoover Dam. Once you’ve crossed the dam, make a left turn onto Horse Thief Canyon Road. You’ll discover convenient parking options right alongside the highway, serving Arizona Hot Spring Parking. 

2. Castle Hot Springs

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Castle Hot Springs, located in Morristown, Arizona, is a historic and exclusive retreat known for its healing waters and serene environment. The springs offer a range of temperatures, ensuring a delightful soak for everyone. Access to this unique hot spring is exclusively through reservations. The resort offers both overnight stays and limited day-use visits, allowing visitors to indulge in the therapeutic hot springs amidst lush surroundings.

  • Location: Morristown, Arizona
  • Temperature: 120°F
  • Things to do: Experience the tranquility of the historic resort, unwind in the hot springs, and explore the lush surroundings.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees vary based on reservations and accommodations.
  • How to Reach: Accessible through a car, ensuring an exclusive and intimate experience.

3. El Dorado Hot Springs

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In the heart of Tonopah, Arizona, El Dorado Hot Springs offers a chance to immerse yourself in mineral-rich waters with temperatures ranging from pleasantly warm to hot. These private hot springs are accessible only through reservations made via their website. El Dorado Hot Springs provides private tubs and accommodations, ensuring a peaceful and intimate escape in the heart of the desert.

  • Location: Tonopah, Arizona
  • Temperature: 107°F
  • Things to do: Relax in private mineral-rich tubs, savor the desert ambiance, and find solace in the serene surroundings.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees vary based on reservations and accommodations.
  • How to Reach: Accessible through reservations made on their website, providing an intimate and secluded retreat. 

4. Essence of Tranquility

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Essence of Tranquility, located in Safford, Arizona, offers an exclusive and intimate hot spring retreat with varying water temperatures. This private escape is accessible only through reservations made via their website. Surrounded by natural beauty, Essence of Tranquility ensures a tranquil environment for visitors to unwind and rejuvenate.

  • Location: Safford, Arizona
  • Temperature: 98°F-105°F
  • Things to do: Enjoy a peaceful soak in private tubs, appreciate the natural beauty of the desert, and find tranquility.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees vary based on reservations and accommodations.
  • How to Reach: Reservations must be made in advance for all types of accommodations, including camping; walk-in bookings are not permitted. A valid credit card is necessary to secure your reservation. 

5. Hot Well Dunes Hot Springs

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Hot Well Dunes Hot Springs, found near Bowie, Arizona, is a remote desert hot spring with water temperatures reaching up to 106°F. Access to these therapeutic waters is straightforward; visitors can reach them via a short walk from the parking area. The naturally heated water is piped into concrete pools, offering a relaxing soak in the midst of the Arizona desert. The dunes and desert landscape enhance the charm of this secluded spot, making it a hidden gem for those seeking solitude.

  • Location: Bowie, Arizona
  • Temperature: 106°F
  • Things to do: Relax in the natural pools, experience the unique desert landscape, and enjoy solitude.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round.
  • Cost: Free.
  • How to Reach: Begin your journey in Safford, Arizona, by heading east on Highway 70 for approximately 7 miles. Take a right onto Haekel Road, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and proceed south for about 25 miles. Please ensure you have a high-clearance 4×4 vehicle to access the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area. 

6. Kaiser Hot Springs

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Kaiser Hot Springs, nestled in the breathtaking White Mountains of Arizona, provides an alpine escape with water temperatures ranging from 101-104°F. Access to these hot springs is by reservation only. This private property offers an intimate experience surrounded by alpine beauty. If you’re looking for a serene soak in an alpine setting, Kaiser Hot Springs is a fantastic choice.
  • Location: White Mountains, Arizona
  • Temperature: 101-104°F
  • Things to do: Relax in the alpine setting and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees apply, and reservations are required.
  • How to Reach: To access the Kaiser hot springs, embark on a moderate one-mile trek along a parched riverbed. Although the path to the Kaiser hot springs lacks clear markers, fear not—you won’t stray off course! Simply park by the roadside and commence your adventure by hiking down beneath the bridge.

7. Verde River Hot Springs

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Verde River Hot Springs is a hidden gem in the Tonto National Forest. These springs, with temperatures around 100-105°F, are accessible via a short hike along the picturesque Verde River. This hike is part of the adventure, and you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to immerse yourself in warm waters while surrounded by the beauty of the forest. It’s a perfect spot for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Location: Tonto National Forest, Arizona
  • Temperature: 100-105°F
  • Things to do: Hike to the hot springs and take in the scenic beauty of the Verde River.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round.
  • Cost: Free.
  • How to Reach: Verde Hot Spring can be found approximately 30 miles to the southeast of Camp Verde, Arizona, or 86 miles if you’re traveling from Flagstaff. The forest roads leading to it are challenging, with rugged gravel and steep inclines, and can become muddy after rain, so plan your visit accordingly.

8. Sheep Bridge Hot Springs

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Sheep Bridge Hot Springs, also located in the Tonto National Forest, offer a peaceful retreat in the midst of the desert. The water temperatures hover around 100-105°F, and access is via a scenic hike through desert canyons. The journey to the hot springs is an adventure in itself, with rugged desert landscapes and the promise of a relaxing soak in a natural pool at the end. It’s an ideal spot for those looking for a desert escape.

  • Location: Tonto National Forest, Arizona
  • Temperature: 100-105°F
  • Things to do: Hike to the hot springs and experience the beauty of the desert landscape.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round.
  • Cost: Free.
  • How to Reach: Starting in Carefree, Arizona, take a scenic drive along Cave Creek Road for approximately 33 miles. Then, make a right turn onto Forest Road 269 and continue for about 12 miles. This route will lead you to the Sheep Bridge area, where you’ll find the inviting hot springs just a stone’s throw away. 

9. Kachina Mineral Springs

Kachina Mineral Springs
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Kachina Mineral Springs, Safford, AZ, is a haven of natural lithia mineral waters with temperatures ranging from 98-100°F. Access is through private mineral baths and accommodations that can be reserved through their website. The serene setting and healing mineral waters make Kachina Mineral Springs a unique and rejuvenating escape for those in search of tranquility.

  • Location: Safford, AZ
  • Temperature: 108℉
  • Things to do: Enjoy private mineral baths and accommodations in a serene setting.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees vary based on reservations.
  • How to Reach: Reservations can be made through their website.

10. Clifton Hot Springs


Clifton Hot Springs is located in the charming town of Clifton, Arizona. With soothing water temperatures ranging from 97-100°F, this hidden gem offers a serene experience. To access these hot springs, you can make a reservation through their website. Clifton Hot Springs provides private, tub-style hot springs and a quiet environment, making it the perfect place for relaxation.

  • Location: Clifton, Arizona
  • Temperature: 97-100°F
  • Things to do: Enjoy private tub-style hot springs and soak in a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees apply based on reservations.
  • How to Reach: To get to the springs, hike a quarter of a mile downhill from where the old bridge used to be. Along the way, you’ll come across Owl Creek Campground, which has a lovely bridge over the Gila River and is part of the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area.

11. Lost Man Hot Spring

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Lost Man Hot Spring, located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona, a short drive south of the iconic Hoover Dam, is a well-kept geothermal secret. Despite its proximity to a major tourist attraction, Lost Man Hot Spring has managed to stay off the beaten path, making it one of Arizona’s hidden treasures. The spring’s temperature is around 133°F.. If you’re looking for a serene soak in the midst of stunning alpine beauty, Lost Man Hot Spring is an excellent choice.
  • Location: White Mountains, Arizona
  • Temperature: 133°F
  • Things to do: Relax in the alpine setting and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation only.
  • Cost: Fees apply, and reservations are required.
  • How to Reach: The Lost Man Hot Springs is situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona, approximately three miles from the Hoover Dam. You can reach the trailhead by entering the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Alternatively, you can access this natural stream by navigating a boat or kayak along the Colorado River.


As we conclude our journey through Arizona’s best hot springs, we hope you’ve been inspired to embark on your own adventure and experience the therapeutic benefits and natural beauty these geothermal wonders have to offer. From the serene alpine retreats to the hidden desert oases, each hot spring promises a rejuvenating escape. Remember to check accessibility and make any necessary reservations to ensure a seamless and enjoyable visit to these remarkable natural treasures. Whether you seek relaxation, solitude, or a unique outdoor experience, Arizona’s hot springs have something exceptional to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are the hot springs open year-round?

Yes, most hot springs in Arizona are accessible year-round. However, water temperatures can vary depending on the season.

Do I need to make reservations to visit hot springs?

It depends on the hot spring. Some require reservations for access, while others are freely accessible.

Are there any admission fees for the hot springs?

Some hot springs charge admission fees, while others are free to access. The costs can vary, so it’s essential to check in advance.

What should I bring when visiting hot springs?

When visiting hot springs, it’s a good idea to bring swimsuits, towels, water, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear for the terrain. Some hot springs may not have changing facilities.

Are there any rules or guidelines I should be aware of when visiting hot springs?

Yes, it’s important to respect the natural environment. Most hot springs have rules against using soaps, shampoos, or chemicals in the water to protect the ecosystem. Always follow posted rules and guidelines to ensure a sustainable and enjoyable experience.

Can I camp near the hot springs?

In some cases, camping facilities or nearby campgrounds are available. However, it’s essential to check the specific hot spring’s regulations regarding camping.

Are there any health considerations when visiting hot springs?

Hot springs may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions. The minerals and heat can affect various health conditions, so if you have specific health concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a medical professional before visiting.

What’s the best time to visit hot springs to avoid crowds?

To avoid crowds, it’s often recommended to visit hot springs during off-peak times, such as early mornings and weekdays. Weekends and evenings tend to be busier.

Can I bring food and beverages to hot springs?

Some hot springs may allow you to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages, but it’s crucial to check each hot spring’s specific rules and guidelines.

Are there hot springs suitable for families with children?

Yes, there are hot springs that are family-friendly, but it’s important to check the hot spring’s regulations and suitability for children before planning your visit.

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12 Best Hot Springs in California




California, known for its diverse landscapes and natural wonders, also boasts an impressive collection of hot springs. These geothermal gems offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in soothing, mineral-rich waters while surrounded by the beauty of the Golden State. We’ve researched and curated a list of the best hot springs in California that you absolutely must explore.

Let’s embark on a journey to discover some of California’s finest hot springs. Each of these springs offers a unique experience, with varying temperatures, settings, and activities to enjoy. Let’s dive in:

1. Deep Creek Hot Springs

Deep Creek Hot Spring California
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Deep Creek Hot Springs, located in the San Bernardino National Forest, offers a picturesque escape. Nestled along the Pacific Crest Trail, the springs are a series of natural pools overlooking the Mojave Desert. With temperatures ranging from 100 to 105°F, this hot spring is ideal for relaxation and stunning views.

  • Location: San Bernardino National Forest, California
  • Temperature: 100-105°F
  • Things to do: Enjoy the natural pools, hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, and soak in breathtaking desert landscapes.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but early mornings and weekdays are less crowded.
  • Cost: A small access fee required.

2. Travertine Hot Springs

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Travertine Hot Springs in the Eastern Sierra region offer a rustic and rejuvenating experience. These springs are renowned for their beautifully constructed rock tubs, providing a unique blend of comfort and natural beauty. With temperatures around 100-105°F, you can unwind while gazing at the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

  • Location: Bridgeport, California
  • Temperature: 100-105°F
  • Things to do: Relax in the rock tubs, take in scenic mountain views, and stargaze in the clear Eastern Sierra skies.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round
  • Cost: Free

3. Mono Hot Springs

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Nestled in the Sierra National Forest, Mono Hot Springs is a remote gem with a range of natural spring pools. The varying temperatures of these pools make them perfect for everyone, from those seeking relaxation to those wanting a warmer soak. Surrounded by lush forests and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River, it’s a tranquil haven.

  • Location: Sierra National Forest, California
  • Temperature: Varies (ranging from hot to cooler pools)
  • Things to do: Soak in the pools, hike the nearby trails, and enjoy the serene mountain environment.
  • Best time to visit: Summer and early fall
  • Cost: A resort fee applies for pool access.

4. Willett Hot Springs

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Willett Hot Springs offers a backcountry adventure in the Los Padres National Forest. Accessible via a hike along the Sespe Creek Trail, these springs are a hidden treasure in Southern California. The temperature of the main pool hovers around 100-105°F, providing a serene and remote escape.

  • Location: Los Padres National Forest, California
  • Temperature: 100-105°F
  • Things to do: Hike along Sespe Creek Trail, enjoy a secluded soak, and relish the wilderness.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but be prepared for a challenging hike.
  • Cost: Free

5. Harbin Hot Springs

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Harbin Hot Springs, nestled in the Napa Valley, offers a serene and unique retreat. Known for its clothing-optional policy, these springs have a range of pools and tubs with temperatures between 95-110°F. The tranquil surroundings add to the overall relaxation experience.

  • Location: Middletown, California
  • Temperature: 95-110°F
  • Things to do: Explore the beautifully landscaped pools, take yoga classes, and unwind in a clothing-optional environment.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but check for seasonal availability.
  • Cost: A day-use fee is required.

6. Orr Hot Springs

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Orr Hot Springs is a peaceful and rustic destination located in the rolling hills of Mendocino County. These springs feature temperature-regulated soaking tubs ranging from 105-107°F. The tranquil environment and beautiful gardens make it an ideal spot for relaxation.

  • Location: Ukiah, California
  • Temperature: 105-107°F
  • Things to do: Relax in temperature-controlled soaking tubs, explore the beautiful gardens, and enjoy a calming escape.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round
  • Cost: By reservation only.

7. Glen Ivy Hot Springs

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs, situated in the Temescal Valley, provides a luxurious and therapeutic hot spring experience. With various pools, including a red clay mud bath, saline pool, and hot and cold plunges, you can enjoy temperatures ranging from 92-104°F.

  • Location: Temescal Valley, California
  • Temperature: 92-104°F
  • Things to do: Experience a variety of pools, mud baths, spa treatments, and relaxation in a beautifully landscaped setting.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but reservations are recommended for weekends.
  • Cost: Day passes and spa services available for a fee.

8. Esalen Hot Springs

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Esalen Hot Springs, located on the scenic Big Sur coast, is known for its stunning oceanfront pools. With temperatures around 100-104°F, these springs offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Access to the hot springs is primarily through workshops, overnight stays, or limited day-use reservations.

  • Location: Big Sur, California
  • Temperature: 100-104°F
  • Things to do: Soak in the oceanfront pools, participate in workshops, and enjoy the serene coastal environment.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation or workshop attendance.
  • Cost: Fees vary based on reservations and workshops.

9. Saline Valley Warm Springs

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Saline Valley Warm Springs, located in Death Valley National Park, offers a remote and unique experience. The hot springs are in the high desert, with temperatures around 100-105°F. The springs provide stunning stargazing opportunities due to their isolated location.

  • Location: Death Valley National Park, California
  • Temperature: 100-105°F
  • Things to do: Enjoy the natural pools, experience excellent stargazing, and explore the surrounding desert landscape.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but be prepared for the remote location.
  • Cost: Free

10. Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

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Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Los Padres National Forest, is known for its Zen Buddhism and natural hot springs. The springs feature temperature-controlled tubs with temperatures around 108-112°F. This location offers a peaceful and meditative environment.

  • Location: Los Padres National Forest, California
  • Temperature: 108-112°F
  • Things to do: Soak in the temperature-controlled tubs, experience Zen meditation, and enjoy the tranquility of the center.
  • Best time to visit: By reservation during their open season (usually spring to fall).
  • Cost: Costs vary, and reservations are typically required.

11. Warner Springs Ranch

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Warner Springs Ranch, located in San Diego County, is known for its rich history and revitalizing mineral waters. The resort offers several pools and tubs with temperatures ranging from 98-104°F, surrounded by scenic landscapes.

  • Location: San Diego County, California
  • Temperature: 98-104°F
  • Things to do: Relax in the pools and tubs, explore the resort’s amenities, and enjoy the historical setting.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but check for resort availability and hours.
  • Cost: Costs vary based on amenities and services. Day use fees may apply.

12. Agua Caliente County Park

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Agua Caliente County Park, situated in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, offers hot springs in a family-friendly setting. The pools maintain temperatures around 102-105°F, making it an excellent destination for a day trip or camping.

  • Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
  • Temperature: 102-105°F
  • Things to do: Enjoy the hot spring pools, explore the state park, and camp in the desert environment.
  • Best time to visit: Year-round, but be prepared for desert conditions.
  • Cost: Day use fees apply, and additional camping fees may apply for overnight stays.

California’s hot springs offer a diverse range of experiences, from backcountry adventures to luxurious escapes. These geothermal wonders provide relaxation, healing, and a connection with nature. Before you visit, be sure to consider factors like temperature, health concerns, and reservation requirements to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. California’s hot springs promise a holistic approach to well-being, surrounded by the state’s stunning landscapes and serene environments. Whether you’re seeking relief for aching muscles, skin treatments, or simply a tranquil escape, California’s hot springs have something to offer every traveler. Enjoy your journey through the diverse geothermal treasures of the Golden State.

Hot Spring Etiquette: Tips for a Respectful Soak

Visiting hot springs can be a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, but it’s important to do so with respect for the environment, other visitors, and the cultural significance of these natural wonders. To ensure a harmonious and enjoyable hot spring experience, here are some essential hot spring etiquette guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. Respect the Rules: Each hot spring location may have specific rules and regulations. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with these rules and adhere to them. Rules may include clothing-optional policies, quiet hours, and bans on alcohol or glass containers.
  1. Leave No Trace: The beauty of hot springs often lies in their pristine natural settings. Do not bring or use soap, shampoos, or any other chemicals in the water, as these can harm the environment. Follow designated paths, stay on established trails, and avoid trampling on sensitive vegetation.
  1. Quiet Enjoyment: Hot springs are places of relaxation and serenity. Keep noise levels to a minimum to ensure that other visitors can enjoy the tranquility. Avoid loud music, conversations, or other disturbances.
  1. Clothing Etiquette: Some hot springs have clothing-optional policies, while others require swimsuits. Always respect the designated dress code of the particular hot spring you are visiting. If it’s a clothing-optional location, be comfortable with the choice that others may make regarding clothing.
  1. Alcohol and Drugs: Many hot springs prohibit alcohol or drugs. Consumption of these substances can be dangerous when combined with the hot water, and they may lead to disruptive behavior. Respect the rules and refrain from using such substances during your visit.
  1. Water Conservation: In areas where water is limited, be mindful of excessive water usage. Do not waste or contaminate the hot spring water. Remember that these waters are valuable natural resources.
  1. Health and Hygiene: Ensure you are in good health and not experiencing any contagious conditions before visiting a hot spring. This helps protect other visitors from potential illness. It’s also a good idea to shower before entering the hot spring.
  1. Limit Your Stay: To allow others the opportunity to enjoy the hot spring, be mindful of how long you soak. Extended stays can prevent other visitors from experiencing the hot spring. If the hot spring is crowded, consider limiting your soak to a reasonable duration.
  1. Crowded Times: If you prefer a more private soak, consider visiting during off-peak times. Early mornings and weekdays are typically less busy than weekends and evenings. Be respectful of the space and privacy of others.
  1. Photography and Technology: Refrain from taking photos or using electronic devices in and around the hot spring. These actions can disturb the natural ambiance and the privacy of other visitors.
  1. Local Communities: When visiting hot springs in or near local communities, be mindful of the local culture and respect private property. Follow parking and access guidelines to avoid inconveniencing residents.
  2. Safety First: Be cautious when entering hot springs, as water temperatures can vary. Test the water with your hand or foot before fully immersing yourself. Avoid submerging your head for extended periods, as water temperatures can fluctuate and pose risks.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Exploring Hot Springs in California

Hot springs in California offer a unique and rejuvenating experience, but it’s common to have questions before your visit. Here, we address some of the most frequently asked questions about enjoying these natural wonders:

Are hot springs open year-round?

Most hot springs in California are open year-round. However, accessibility may be affected by weather conditions, and some may have seasonal variations in water levels.

Can I bring my children to hot springs?

It depends on the specific hot spring. Some hot springs are family-friendly and suitable for children, while others may have age restrictions. Always check the rules of the hot spring you plan to visit.

Do hot springs have changing facilities and restrooms?

Facilities vary by location. Some hot springs have changing rooms and restrooms, while others may be more rustic with minimal amenities. Be prepared by checking in advance.

What should I wear when visiting hot springs?

The dress code can vary. Some hot springs require swimsuits, while others have clothing-optional policies. Research the specific hot spring’s policy and adhere to it.

Are pets allowed at hot springs?

Pets are generally not allowed at hot springs due to hygiene and environmental considerations. Check the rules of the hot spring for any exceptions.

Can I camp near hot springs?

Some hot springs have nearby campgrounds, while others prohibit camping in the immediate vicinity. Research camping options and whether permits are required.

Is alcohol allowed at hot springs?

Many hot springs have policies against alcohol to ensure safety and a peaceful atmosphere. Always respect the rules and regulations of the hot spring.

Are hot springs safe for people with health conditions?

Hot springs can affect individuals with certain health conditions. People with heart problems, respiratory issues, skin sensitivities, or pregnant individuals should consult with a medical professional before visiting. Always listen to your body and avoid overheating.

Are there natural hazards to be aware of at hot springs?

While hot springs are generally safe, natural hazards like uneven terrain, slippery rocks, and changing water temperatures can pose risks. Use caution when entering and exiting the springs.

How crowded are hot springs, and when is the best time to visit?

Crowds can vary greatly depending on the hot spring and the time of day or year. To avoid crowds, consider visiting during off-peak times, such as early mornings or weekdays.

Are there hot springs that require reservations or have admission fees?

Some hot springs, especially those associated with resorts or privately managed locations, may require reservations and charge admission fees. Always check in advance.

How can I contribute to preserving hot springs and their surroundings?

Contribute to the preservation of hot springs by adhering to Leave No Trace principles, respecting local communities, and following all rules and regulations.

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