Touring Arizona Hot Springs
by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)
© Matt C. Bischoff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Hookers Hot Springs is Private and is not open to the public. There is no camping anywhere near the springs. The only way you can use any of the springs is to pay to stay at the Nature Conservancy lodging. Though the lodging is expensive, it is well worth the money if you can afford it. You will stay at the edge of the Nature Conservancy's Muleshoe Preserve which is about 50,000 acres with lots of hiking potential. A few trails take off from near the lodging. To get backcountry you will need a very high clearance vehicle or plan for many miles of hiking in on a bad dirt road. You could always use mountain bikes to access the backcountry by dirt road. You will be sorry if you try driving out there in your Subaru!
The Preserve itself is open to visitors year round and you can camp in the outback free. Just be sure you pay attention to when hunting season runs so you are not in danger when deer hunting is on. There is a visitor's center at Muleshoe that is open 9 - 5 Thurs thru Monday. You can get trail info there.
While you can do Muleshoe Preserve as a day trip, it is a long 30 miles in on a dirt road just to get to the preserve. Do yourself a favor and splurge on a stay in the casitas so you can use the hot springs after your hike.
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