Top 5 Natural Hot Springs in the United States

Fifth Water Hot Spring, Utah

Fifth Water Hot Springs (also called Diamond Fork) is a magical oasis located right outside Spanish Fork, Utah. It usually requires a short 4 mile round trip hike to access, but in the wintertime that is lengthened to 8 miles round trip due to road closures. The amazing blue and green color of the water is a huge draw for many people, so don't expect to have the place to yourself unless you hike out for sunrise. This hot spring is best visited on a cloudy day in the fall or winter to increase the vibrant color of the water.

Buckeye Hot Spring, California

Buckeye Hot Spring is located near the town of Bridgeport, about an hour north of Mammoth Lakes. These springs are accessed by a short climb down a steep hillside with plenty of free camping nearby. There are 4-5 pools of varying temperature next to a flowing river, which is perfect for cooling off in the summer time. If you visit during the spring, the pools may be flooded from the river so check before you go.

Conundrum Hot Spring, Colorado

Conundrum Hot Spring trailhead is located about 20 minutes outside of Aspen, Colorado. The actual hot spring requires a strenuous 17 mile round trip hike with a 2,400-foot elevation gain. This hike is worth every mile for the stunning mountain vista views at the end of the trail and multiple pools to soak in. Due to the popularity of this location, they have implemented a permit system for overnight stays, however day hikes still require no permit. The best time to visit is October thru November for peak aspen tree foliage colors and, as always, hike in for sunrise to beat the crowds.

Goldbug Hot Spring, Idaho

Goldbug Hot Spring is in a very remote area located about 30 minutes south of Salmon, Idaho. This hot spring is accessed via a 4 mile round trip hike with 1,350 feet total elevation gain. The reward after this climb is stunning, with multiple pools to soak in and cascading waterfalls of hot water. This hike can be done year round, but for the best views, I recommend visiting in winter (bring spikes), when the surrounding mountains are covered in a blanket of snow.

Wild Willy's Hot Spring, California

Wild Willy's Hot Spring is conveniently located about 20 minutes from the town of Mammoth Lakes. During most of the year, it is accessed with a short 1/4 mile walk, however during the winter time it requires a 4 mile round trip hike due to road closures. I recommend visiting at sunrise for a tranquil soak and views of the first light hitting the surrounding mountain peaks.


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