Touring Arizona Hot Springs
by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)
© Matt C. Bischoff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
You can't get there from Strawberry as the road is closed. The ranger said you can only get there from Camp Verde.
I went down there but ended up staying clear of the springs. I talked to a forest service officer who told me she wouldn't feel right about sending anyone down there and tells her friends not to go. She informed me that over the past year there have been stabbings, shootings and heavy drug use in the main camp site area for the springs. Also they found a dead body which was gang related. So I decided it wasn't for me. To bad since the spring water is very rejuvenating. The whole area was packed down childs rd. I got the feeling most of the people didn't come out of the REI with their gear, they came out of the liquor store. But if you do want to venture out, Fossil Creek has amazingly pristine water and that area is much safer according to the officer. I made it down the crazy dirt road in my old subaru impreza .
This is a truely majickal place. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't have any respect for it. Please pack out your garbage! I reccommend going on the weekdays, as there are a lot of unpredictable types there on the weekend.
The springs are INCREDIBLE! The majority of bathers are nude, but if you are OK with thier skin, we are generally OK with your suit :) Enjoy this true gem of nature!
it was about 40 min drive from Stawberry to the west (i'm driving really slow). found a place with 6 cars on the bottom of a canyon. drive carefully please.
when you will walk to the hot springs, go right (near power station), cross the river (abt 0.5 mile) then go back on opposit side of the river (again o.5 mile)
a lot of crazy-drunk people around. please don't be alone.
Are you nuts!!! This place is an absolute crap hole! The pools are filled with floating cigarette butts and some weird oil on top. It's disgusting! Oh ya, don't forget about the used condoms that you'll also find around the pools.
The one time that I navigated this long 4-wheel drive road (impassable to most vehicles without 4wheel) there was a nude man walking around showing himself to everyone.
Do yourself a favor and stay the heck away from this place!
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