Natural Hot Springs

For Winter Bliss

Is there anything more magical and inviting than a misty, secluded hot spring on a cold winter day? Here are the best wild hot springs across the United States – for total winter bliss.

Located in the Santa Fe National Forest, an easy hike leads to Spence Hot Springs, with spectacular views and warm thermal waters.

Spence Hot Springs, NM

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These secluded hot springs are tucked away on the side of a mountain, providing stellar views as you soak. There are four or five hot spring pools of varying temperatures, perfect for winter soaking.

San Antonio Hot Springs, NM

Photo: John Fowler

The coolest part about Keough Hot Springs is that you can have a pretty laid-back resort experience for a fee or you can experience the primitive natural hot spring tubs for free.

Keough Hot Springs, CA

Photo: Dustin Blakely

These hot springs are located in the Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth Lakes. While these springs are easy to get to and well known, they are also serene and beautiful and 100% worth the trip.

Wild Willy's Hot Springs, CA

This little pool sits right next to the McKenzie River in the Central Cascades of Oregon. It only has room for 4 people. 

Deer Creek Hot Springs, OR

Photo: Celeste Ramsay

This terrace of hot spring pools is located on the Umpqua River and is easy to get to after a short, .4-mile hike.

Umpqua Hot Springs, OR

Located on a desert plateau deep in the wilds of Central Oregon, Hart Mountain Hot Springs is rarely crowded, especially in the winter months.

Hart Mountain Hot Springs, OR

Bonneville Hot Springs can be found at the end of an easy ¼ mile hike. You may need snowshoes, but that just makes it more fun.

Bonneville Hot Springs, ID

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Located the end of a steep and well-traveled two-mile trail in Salmon, Idaho. Climb 1,500 feet, and reward yourself with a soak.

Goldbug Hot Springs, ID

Located at 7,000 feet above sea level in Ruby Valley of Central Nevada, this beautiful marshy area is home to several primitive hot spring pools known as Ruby Valley Hot Springs.

Ruby Valley Hot Springs, NV

Panaca Warm Springs are the only springs on our list that aren't actually hot. They maintain a constant 85 °F (29.4 °C) year-round.

Panaca Warm Springs, NV