Gillard Hot Springs

Clifton, Arizona

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An extremely hot source of water bubbling into the Gila River in an isolated portion of southeastern Arizona. Located in a remote section of the Gila River, not accessible by vehicle, Gillard Hot Springs is a great place to get away. The only signs of human activity out here are the faint roads and isolated cattle corrals. The trails that you follow to get to the springs were apparently roads at one time, but because of the lack of use and occasional flash floods, they have disappeared in places, leaving only segments. The springs are rather tricky to locate, and care should be taken when venturing into this region. This is a nice location, and well worth a visit. Primitive. The only improvement is the lining of the hot springs with rocks in an effort to maintain pools. The rocks, however, are generally washed out each year.

Gillard Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide

"An extremely hot source of water bubbling into the Gila River in an isolated portion of southeastern Arizona. Located in a remote section of the Gila River, not accessible by vehicle, Gillard Hot Springs is a great place to get away. The only signs of human activity out here are the faint roads and isolated cattle corrals.

The trails that you follow to get to the springs were apparently roads at one time, but because of the lack of use and occasional flash floods, they have disappeared in places, leaving only segments. The springs are rather tricky to locate, and care should be taken when venturing into this region. This is a nice location, and well worth a visit. Primitive. The only improvement is the lining of the hot springs with rocks in an effort to maintain pools. The rocks, however, are generally washed out each year."

Activity Type: Hiking, Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Clifton
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS Guthrie
Driving Directions: Directions to Gillard Hot Springs

Recent Trail Reviews

6/10/2007
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Although we had great fun trying, we never did find the hot spring, the foot trail to the spring, nor even the barbed wire fence. Probably went the wrong way up the wrong wash or picked the wrong fork in the track. There is a mile marker at the turn off of Black Hills Backcountry Byway but no other BLM signage. We did go on down the Byway just to make sure we didn't pick the wrong turn but there were no others until we came to a BLM picnic ground. If anyone has been to Gillard Hot Springs lately and has any clearer information, please submit a trail review. I''d love to try it again.



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May 2018