Touring Arizona Hot Springs
by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)
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First and only time I went there in 1999 with my friend Rob from high school and it was very cool. He and his friend actually are the original people that took concrete up there and turned the spring into a comfortable sitting area instead of sitting in mud, which was the way it was before.
Indeed the tub is washed out; but the trail from the junction of FR 24, and FR 269 is very nice and scenic. It is very easily traversed in my almost stock Tacoma.
If you are approaching on FR 269, stop at the last plateau before the river. Looking over the side gives you a good view of the bridge (which is a newer bridge as the original one from the 40's is not there anymore). If you continue down to the springs and bridge, you can park and walk across the bridge (I guess hypotheticaly you can fish from it too). If you'd like, you can continue down FR 479 towards Horseshoe Lake (the roads around the Lake were closed in Feb. for SRP water release, but they are open now in March).
Trail is great. Nice scenery. We were disapointed in the hot springs itself, it's hot, but the nice conrete tub that was explained does not exist today. Locals said it was washed out with the last flood.
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