It’s not easy to get to Conundrum Hot Springs, as it requires an 8.5-mile (13.7-kilometer) hike, but to be able to soak at the end of the trek is worth it. The natural springs offer incredible views, warm mineral water, and an abundance of peace and quiet. Although it’s possible to do it as a day trip, it’s best to plan this as a two-day trip with overnight camping near the springs.
Head to the spa city of New Mexico, Truth or Consequences, and enjoy the laid-back leisure retreat of Riverbend Hot Springs. Set along the Rio Grande River, there are communal geothermal pools as well as private soaking tubs that offer breathtaking views of the river and the mountains around. Rentals are allowed hourly, or visitors can stay overnight. In order to maintain the zen-like atmosphere and tranquility in the resort, young children are not permitted.
Riverbend Hot Springs, 100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM, USA, +1 575 894 7625
Chena Hot Springs sits about 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) outside of Fairbanks. The springs and the scenery are the main draws, but the additional winter opportunity of taking in the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) while soaking in the resort’s multiple pools is a unique and breathtaking way to experience various natural phenomena. Day trippers are welcome, and the resort offers rooms for those who want to stay.
The Mono Hot Springs Resort is set in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California and offers a multitude of outdoor adventures for the family. There are a number of hot springs in the area (over 10), and resort visitors can spend their time hiking, swimming, and exploring the hot springs while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Idaho is full of great hot springs, and Burgdorf Hot Springs is one of them. It offers a couple of hot pools along with a small pool for children, and the property has rustic cabins for guests; however, you will need to bring your own bedding. During the spring and summer months, the resort is accessible by road, but any other time, guests must rely on snowmobiles. No matter how you get there, the opportunity to soak is worth it.
Burgdorf Hot Springs, 404 French Creek, McCall, ID, USA, +1 208 636 3036
Located between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Hot Springs claims the title of world’s largest hot springs pool. The soothing mineral waters of the pools, sourced from the nearby springs, are the main attraction, but there is also a luxury spa which has a number of treatments. The resort is also close to the downtown area if you’re looking for a night out.
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, 415 6th St, Glenwood Springs, CO, USA, +1 970 945 6571
Also known as Diamond Fork Hot Springs, these natural bathing pools are about 2.5 miles (four kilometers) from the main trailhead and feature several soaking pools as well as a magnificent sparkling waterfall. The hot springs look like something out of a fairy tale with brilliant turquoise waters, and while they have a slightly sulfurous smell, they are perfect for a soak at the end of the hike.
Fifth Water Hot Springs, Diamond Fork Rd, Springville, UT, USA, +1 801 798 3571