17 Most Beautiful Hot Springs in the United States

Nature shows its marvels in diverse ways. Spending time at the natural carvings, be it lakes or mountains, is therapeutic for the mind and soul. One such natural element is hot springs — a heated geothermal groundwater pool on the Earth’s surface. These have perfectly heated water to give a sense of serenity and calm the body, making them an apt part of vacation plans. Being naturally carved by mother nature, these mineral-rich pools are aesthetic to look at. Here are 17 of the most beautiful hot springs in the United States and resorts that you could visit for an experience of a lifetime.

Allegheny Springs | West Virginia 

This three-star resort is present in the range that stretches from the eastern US to Canada and is said to have been discovered by an indigenous American. The resort has two pools — the Warm Springs Pool and Jefferson’s Pools, the latter used by Thomas Jefferson. The healing properties offered by the water from the pools have been well known since its discovery in the 1600s and it offers additional activities for guests to enjoy by the spring.  

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Address: 10 Snowshoe Dr, Dunmore, WV 24934, United States | Timings: 05:00 pm to 11:00 am | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ekU5ofMDQiyUQVdh9  

Burgdorf Hot Springs | Idaho 

Idaho is home to several hot springs and Burgdorf is one among the many. It offers two hot pools at an average temperature of 113°F (45°C) as well as a small pool for children to soak in. The rustic cabins in the resort situated at the hot spring are open all year round, but you will need to get your own bedding. You can access the resort by road throughout the year apart from the winter months when you will need a snowmobile.  

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Address: 404 French Creek, McCall, ID 83638, United States |Timings: 03:00 pm Check-in 11:00 am Check-out| Google Map Location: https://g.page/burgdorfhotsprings?share | Phone Number: +12083156657 

Hot Springs State Park | Wyoming 

Along with all the water from Big Horn River at Thermopolis, 8,000 gallons of water flows from mineral hot springs. The temperature of the water remains 128°F (53°C) and the spring has 6.2 miles (10 km) of universally accessible trails where you can go for a hike. It is a full-service park with a free bathhouse, comfort stations, a volksmarch trail, and is a day-use park. 

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Address: 220 Park St, Thermopolis, WY 82443, United States | Timings: 06:00 am to 10:00 pm | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KUm6BpfjckaepBHK6 | Phone Number: +13078642176 

Chena Hot Springs | Alaska 

Chena Hot Springs is about 60 miles (96 km) outside Fairbanks. The hike that takes you to the bubbling pool for soaking, offers a picturesque view of the summer trails. Apart from the hot water, a major attraction is the ice museum that is open all year round. Filled with intricately carved ice sculptures, it also has an ice bar for you to sip cold cocktails. The months of August to April are known to offer a view of the Northern Lights to guests along with the warm soak of the water.  

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Address: Mile 56.5 Chena Hot Springs Road Fairbanks, Alaska, 99711, USA | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BG8R6RrPDF8EeYjYA | Phone Number: +19074518104 

Glenwood Hot Springs | Colorado 

This soothing pool of hot water and natural minerals claims to be the world’s largest hot springs pool. Apart from a soothing soaking here, the luxury spa also offers a peaceful experience that you can take back post your visit. Surrounded by the serene mountains, this hot spring is located between Aspen and Vail and has been the relaxation hub for over 130 years.   

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Address: 401 N River St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, United States | Timings: 09:00 am to 09:00 pm | Google Map Location: https://g.page/hotspringspool?share |Phone Number: +19709472955 

Mono Hot Springs | California 

Located in the Sierra Nevada range, this place has 12 hot springs running alongside the San Joaquin River. If you have an adventurous soul, you would like the hike, trout fishing or boating on the river, or horse riding. Be it with a partner or a family, Mono Hot Springs of California is known for offering a relaxing, soaking experience to all.  

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Address: Edison Lake Rd, California 93634, United States | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KA2cUY8NkC8tU5h56 | Phone Number: +15593251710 

Bagby Hot Springs | Oregon 

These springs were discovered in 1880 by a hunter named Bill Bagby and are located in the dense Mount Hood National Forest. You can take a soak in the pool for $5 and then take the 1.4 miles (2.25 km)-long, fun-filled hike to reach the bathhouses. After soaking for a considerable time, to help you cool down in case the water is too hot, buckets of cold water are placed nearby as well.   

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Address: Oregon, United States | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/1pRuaUx7ZDEu5xSZ9 

Fifth Water Hot Springs | Utah 

Also called the Diamond Fork Hot Springs, these natural bathing pools feature several soaking pools and a magnificent waterfall. They are all about 2.5 miles (4 km) away from the main trailhead and offer a soothing sense to your tired muscles at the end of the hike. To access the trailhead during winters, you will need a four-wheel drive and can then hike without your snowshoes!  

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Address: Diamond Fork Rd, Spanish Fork, UT, United States | Timings: 24/7 | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/UYCyhf5LzmhKUUCH9 | Phone Number: +18017983571   

Valley View Hot Springs | Colorado 

Lying at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo range in Colorado, this hot spring has about seven hot water mineral pools and ponds. The resort is present in the wilderness in the San Luis Valley and offers a peaceful and secluded atmosphere that nature lovers yearn for. The lodging facility and pools are open all year round (apart from December 1-28) and the pleasant weather of alpine forests make it one of the best hot springs in the US for soaking. 

Valley View Hot Springs, Crestone, Colorado

Address: 64393 County Road GG, Moffat, CO 81143, United States| Timings: 09:00 am to 10:00 pm | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/n6QXiyuDeGeeDBdu7 | Phone Number: +17192564315 

Deep Creek Hot Springs | California 

Present in the Mojave Desert of the San Bernardino National Forest, this place requires you to hike 2 miles (3 km) to reach. Once you finish the hike, you would get a glimpse of the scenery of desert mountains covered in bushes and large natural soaking pools surrounded. Since the temperatures of the water can turn extremely hot, winters and early summer mornings are the perfect time to visit.   

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Address: Pacific Crest Trail, Apple Valley, CA 92308, United States | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/LxUez777Zvi1J96U7 | Phone Number: +19093822600 

Riverbend Hot Springs | New Mexico 

If you have been looking for a destination for relaxation, Riverbend resort is the one. A soak in the pool water here lets you melt all your stress away and offers an open-air hot spring on the bank of the mighty Rio Grande River. The natural waters of the pool are packed with rich minerals and have a diverse range of rooms available for your tastes and budgets.  

Hot Spring Spa

Address: 100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, United States | Timings: 08:00 am to 10:00 pm | Google Map Location: https://g.page/riverbendhotsprings?share | Phone Number: +15758947625   

Trail Creek Hot Springs | Idaho 

This resort is extremely popular among tourists as well as locals and is one of the best hot springs in Idaho. The view of tall pine trees surrounded with rocks of this secluded spot stays in the mind of all visitors. If you enjoy camping, there is ample space available to set up your tent, and you can have this spot to yourself for a soaking full of minerals.  

Trail Creek Hot Springs, Idaho

Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Q4krLgRoVyUQkJbV6  

Wild Willy’s Hot Springs | California 

Located near the Mammoth Lakes, the primitive pool bubbles up in an unpopulated natural area, making it all the more special. Although you may find the hike short, the views it offers all along are breathtaking. Being easily accessible, it becomes a popular party destination on weekends. Hence, if you wish to avoid crowds, it is wise to leave early on weekdays.  

Wild Willy's Hot Spring

Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WajZdTbJtYVGAaFm8  

Boquillas Hot Springs | Texas 

This hot spring of Texas beholds the history of human occupation from thousands of years ago. You can study the architecture and rock art left behind on the limestone cliffs along the river’s floodplain and visualize a scenario of being in one of the hot springs in the USA in the early 1900s. Though overnight camping is prohibited in this area, it makes for a great one-day visit for a therapeutic soaking in the pool.  

Big Bend National Park

Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/tNXKFaXh5jP1K35G8  

Hot Springs State Park | Arkansas  

The steam from the 47 natural hot springs at the Hot Springs State Park bubbles through the vents in the street all through the town and lead to the park. All the 47 springs are located within the National Park, which is well within the city limits. This Park takes orders on a first-come-first-serve basis and has a hot spring for every budget.  

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Address: 369 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901, United States | Timings: 05:00 am to 10:00 pm | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/gPoeSnVybdh8G4cJ9 | Phone Number: +15016206715 

Gold Strike Hot Springs | Nevada 

If you look forward to adding an adventure element to your trip, Gold Strike is a ‘gold deal’ for you! Located outside Boulder City, almost an hour away from the Las Vegas strip, this hot spring pool rewards you with a sense of utmost relaxation and serenity. You may have to cross huge boulders to reach, but once you are there, you have a kayaking experience through the spectacular Black Canyon on the Colorado River, along with a series of adventurous activities and a soak of relaxation awaiting you.   

Goldstrike Hot Spring

Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/1j6jbo1BwpmnrtSS8  

Breitenbush Hot Springs | Oregon

As part of a worker-owned community, living in the mountain setting spread across 154 acres, this resort hosts thousands of guests all year-round. This resort has been a healing and relaxation spot and allows only children beyond the age of 12 years. As the largest thermal hot spring area and among the most popular hot springs in the United States, soaking in this water gives you a feeling of peace and warmth.  

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Address: 53000 Breitenbush Rd SE, Detroit, OR 97342, United States | Timings: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm | Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/UjWk4dvXiKGkekiv9 | Phone Number: +15038543320  

A soak at a hot spring or a hike down the trail bring you a step closer to nature and offers a great sense of peace. One soak in the mineral-rich bubbling water and the muscles from your head to toe feel better. Hot springs in the US are known globally and are in abundance, and so are the comfort offering resorts. So spot the nearest hot water pool and hold back no more!