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Sheep Bridge Hot Spring Professional Review and Guide
"A small concrete-and-rock tub fed by a small hot spring that emanates from a cliff overlooking the Verde River. A nicely constructed concrete-and-rock tub recently replaced the various watering troughs that had previously captured the hot-spring water coming from the cliffside. The hot spring itself is uphill from the pool, and the 99-degrees F water is captured in a small hose and transported to the pool. The pool is about 6 feet by 3 feet, and about 3 feet deep; the water is about 95 degrees F. The pool overlooks the Verde River and is a great place for a soak. The bulrushes in the area can grow around the tub, covering it in thick foliage. This is a beautiful location, as the Verde River is truly a wild and scenic feature in this isolated area. Not until Horseshoe and Bartlett dams farther downstream is the river completely controlled like most rivers in the state. The hot spring is in a primitive setting, although a rather elaborate concrete-and-rock tub has been built."
--Matt C. Bischoff, Touring Arizona Hot Springs (Falcon Guides).
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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