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America’s Best Hot Springs

You could say that hot springs, which are created when water is heated deep within the earth, are kind of like “nature’s hot tubs.” Many people love to take a soothing soak in these springs as a way to reduce stress, increase their circulation and even get a good night’s sleep. Hot springs are also often high in minerals, which many believe have therapeutic properties. Ready to give them a try? Here are some areas around the country that combine two great things:  access to hot springs and camping available nearby.

 

COLORADO Hot Springs

Salida | Salida Hot Springs Pool

This central Colorado city is home to the Salida Hot Springs Pool, the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. Fresh, clear, odorless water is piped in from underground springs located eight miles away, high up in the Rockies. Facilities open to the public include a 25-meter, six-lane pool, and a smaller, hotter pool ideal for soaking with water temperatures ranging from approximately 97° – 100°. The smaller pool, which has a maximum depth of four feet, has both a zero-depth entry and a stair entry to make it easily accessible, and both pools are equipped with an ADA-compliant lift. Lap swimming is offered almost every day, and the facility also offers water exercise classes. Find a campground nearby.

 

WASHINGTON

Olympic National Park & Forest | Sol Duc Hot Springs

The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers daily passes for purchase for access to its three mineral hot spring soaking pools and freshwater pool. The mineral pools are fed by spring water that comes from rain and melting snow that seeps through cracks in the sedimentary rocks where it is heated by gasses rising from cooling volcanic rocks. The resort has a small mineral wading pool, a three-foot deep medium mineral pool and a large, three-foot deep mineral fountain pool that’s wheelchair accessible. Temperatures in the mineral pools range from 99 to 104 degrees, enabling guests to choose the pool that’s best for them. Find a campground nearby.

 

ALASKA

Fairbanks | Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs Resort features an outdoor natural hot springs rock lake, and daily passes may be purchased by adults age 18 and older. The passes also include access to the resort’s indoor heated pool, its outdoor and indoor hot tubs, and use of locker and shower facilities. Water is constantly being drained from the lake and it naturally refills 2-3 times each day, with the hot water coming from a depth within the earth of as much as 3,000 feet. Find a campground nearby.

 

CALIFORNIAHot Springs

Kernville/Lake Isabella | Remington Hot Springs

This secluded spot features three handcrafted stone tubs that are maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. The tubs overlook the Kern River, making this one of the few places in California where you can fish a major river from a hot tub. To get there, start at the Remington trailhead, then it’s about a mile hike down a steep grassy trail to the tubs. There’s also a small cooler tub on the trail. Find a campground nearby.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Berkeley Springs | Berkeley Springs State House Bathhouse (link to )

Billed as “the Country’s First Spa,” Berkeley Springs is located 90 minutes from the Washington DC/Baltimore metro area. Bathing in the area’s warm mineral springs is said to have been popular since before the days of George Washington. Berkeley Springs State Park contains a bathhouse, which first opened in 1930, and it offers Roman baths as well as a Jacuzzi. Both are heated to a maximum temperature of 102 degrees. Massage services and saunas are also available. Find a campground nearby.