Verde Hot Spring

Strawberry, Arizona

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The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, all that remains is the foundation for the resort, one main pool, and a couple more in the cliffside. The main pool is located on the foundation of the resort, overlooking the Verde River. The water in the main pool is about 98 degrees F, and there is enough room for several people. The pool is also quite deep, allowing for bathing without having to crouch down as with many other springs. There is a small concrete-block room with a rather stagnant pool of water inside. There are also pools of hot-spring water in the cliffside, where small caves have been cut. These pools are not the best for bathing, and can be difficult to get into. For decades Verde Hot Spring was, and in some cases remains, a favorite hangout for nudists. Do not be surprised to find people going without clothing here. Once a bustling resort complete with access road and bridge, the hot spring now is in a rather primitive setting and requires a hike of 1 mile to reach.
Touring Arizona Hot Springs

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Touring Arizona Hot Springs

by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)

The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, all that remains is the foundation for the resort, one main pool, and a couple more in the cliffside. The main pool is located on the foundation of the resort, overlooking the Verde River. The water in the main pool is about 98 degrees F, and there is enough room for several people. The pool is also quite deep, allowing for bathing without having to crouch down as with many other springs. There is a small concrete-block room with a rather stagnant pool of water inside.

There are also pools of hot-spring water in the cliffside, where small caves have been cut. These pools are not the best for bathing, and can be difficult to get into. For decades Verde Hot Spring was, and in some cases remains, a favorite hangout for nudists. Do not be surprised to find people going without clothing here. Once a bustling resort complete with access road and bridge, the hot spring now is in a rather primitive setting and requires a hike of 1 mile to reach.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Strawberry
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Maps: USGS Verde Hot Springs
Topo Map: Verde Hot Spring Topographic Map
Guide Book: Touring Arizona Hot Springs Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

11/17/2016

You can't get there from Strawberry as the road is closed. The ranger said you can only get there from Camp Verde.

5/28/2010

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 .

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