The Verde Hot Springs

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The verde river, the hot springs and a view of the mountains in the distance

When you hear of hot springs, one expects to find hot water springing right from the ground into pools (at least that is what I remember from Lake Bogoria). Well the Verde Hot springs are not like that: they are built into the side of the giant hills of the Coconino National Forest at the site of the Verde Hotel ruins. The story of how the Verde hotel got burned down and the springs left to ruins is a rather inhumane one. Curt told of the story as if  he was there when it happened. Apparently the hippies had taken over the hotel in the sixties and were consuming large amounts of 'drugs' so the state decided to burn down the hotel in order to get rid of the hippies. What is left are ruins and a small stone builind that houses the hot springs.

The hot srping pool
It is set across the Verde river which one must cross in order to access it, Curt and I crossed the river at two points each time the water going past our waits. This hot spring is in the middle of nowhere and is a challenge to find unless you really know the way or follow someone who knows it.

The people who were at the springs when we arrived stroke me as hippies too. The small building that houses the hot spring is built of large rock pieces on which people have painted all kinds of things from Ja slogans to Hari Kristna's photo and Jesus is alive . . .  Lover's poetry, farewell to loved ones to quite simply nonsense. To access these natural hot springs, one must hike along and cross the Verde river and climb up the side of the mountain at almost a thousand feet looking below the Verde river racing through.

The hot springs tub encased in a wall of stones decked together
There are two natural spring pools; one housed in the beautifully decorated stone building with the water temperature almost at 97 degrees, and the other pool is outside overlooking the river with temperatures about 88 degrees. It is officially summer in Arizona so the water temperature for the inside pool was a little over 100 degrees, many of the visitors had to dip in the Verde river, then get into the hot pool.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain. 

Africancrab says:
Yes it is an incredible place of serenity with nature. Did you go to the verde river? I absolutely loved it there even though it was just a one night camp.
Posted on: Jun 27, 2009
HeatherHop says:
How funny, I was just in Sedona and the Grand Canyon and went through Coconino National Forest several times :) ...such a beautiful area!
Posted on: Jun 23, 2009
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The hot srping pool
The hot srping pool
The hot springs tub encased in a w…
The hot springs tub encased in a …
Me after a hot dip in the hot spri…
Me after a hot dip in the hot spr…
The hot spring tub encased in a wa…
The hot spring tub encased in a w…
Some of the campers who came to th…
Some of the campers who came to t…
A cold beer after a hot dip in the…
A cold beer after a hot dip in th…
Me after a dip in the hot spring t…
Me after a dip in the hot spring …
The hot springs across the river, …
The hot springs across the river,…
The hot spring tub encased in a wa…
The hot spring tub encased in a w…
The hot spring tub encased in a wa…
The hot spring tub encased in a w…
Paingitng on the wall of the hot s…
Paingitng on the wall of the hot …
Paingitng on the wall of the hot s…
Paingitng on the wall of the hot …
Paingitng on the wall of the hot s…
Paingitng on the wall of the hot …
Paingitng on the wall of the hot s…
Paingitng on the wall of the hot …
One of the caves on the side of th…
One of the caves on the side of t…
what a view, beautiful
what a view, beautiful
A view of the hot spring tub stone…
A view of the hot spring tub ston…
The Verde River
The Verde River
The Verde river
The Verde river
A view of the river, hot spring an…
A view of the river, hot spring a…
Interesting tatoo I thought, must …
Interesting tatoo I thought, must…
I left my mark too, the guys there…
I left my mark too, the guys ther…
Curt in the river after jumping ri…
Curt in the river after jumping r…
After I was done painting
After I was done painting
The stone structure around one of …
The stone structure around one of…
No clothes allowed?? Not true he-h…
No clothes allowed?? Not true he-…
Spring water from the earth
Spring water from the earth
Picture of the former Verde Spring…
Picture of the former Verde Sprin…
As always people are inconsiderate…
As always people are inconsiderat…
Beautiful flowering prickly pear c…
Beautiful flowering prickly pear …
Sign of the hot springs, all faded…
Sign of the hot springs, all fade…
Beautiful wild flowers
Beautiful wild flowers
hiking to the hot springs the foll…
hiking to the hot springs the fol…
The hike to the hot springs
The hike to the hot springs
The hike to the hot springs
The hike to the hot springs
Me and Curt hiking to the hot spri…
Me and Curt hiking to the hot spr…
Me and Curt
Me and Curt
The hike trail to the hot springs
The hike trail to the hot springs
Coconino National Forest
photo by: Africancrab