Salt River Warm Spring

Fort Apache, Arizona

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An isolated spring that forms a small creek. The spring feeds the Salt River in the White Mountain Apache Reservation. A spring of absolutely clear water emerges from the ground under a dense grove of trees, forming a small creek. The creek water flows downhill for more than 100 yards to feed the Salt River. The warm spring is in an isolated location, and the only constant activity is that of the cattle in the area. The warm spring is only reachable via a tough and slow secondary dirt road. The drive on the dirt road alone takes well over an hour. The road is miles from any large population center, and the area receives little visitation. Set in a rugged canyon of the Salt River, the surroundings include red-colored rocks and dramatic landscapes. The warm spring is a worthwhile trip. As with many isolated hot springs, bathing opportunities are limited. There simply has been no effort to bolster the spring to serve as a place to take a bath. As with all trips into the backcountry, come prepared. This is a difficult road, and will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to make the drive if the road is wet, or if rain is in the forecast. The warm spring is in a primitive setting and is largely unchanged by human hands. Cattle grazing is the only activity in the area.

Salt River Warm Spring Professional Review and Guide

"An isolated spring that forms a small creek. The spring feeds the Salt River in the White Mountain Apache Reservation. A spring of absolutely clear water emerges from the ground under a dense grove of trees, forming a small creek. The creek water flows downhill for more than 100 yards to feed the Salt River. The warm spring is in an isolated location, and the only constant activity is that of the cattle in the area. The warm spring is only reachable via a tough and slow secondary dirt road. The drive on the dirt road alone takes well over an hour.

The road is miles from any large population center, and the area receives little visitation. Set in a rugged canyon of the Salt River, the surroundings include red-colored rocks and dramatic landscapes. The warm spring is a worthwhile trip. As with many isolated hot springs, bathing opportunities are limited. There simply has been no effort to bolster the spring to serve as a place to take a bath. As with all trips into the backcountry, come prepared. This is a difficult road, and will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to make the drive if the road is wet, or if rain is in the forecast. The warm spring is in a primitive setting and is largely unchanged by human hands. Cattle grazing is the only activity in the area."

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Fort Apache
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Fall, spring, and summer. Winters are too wet to make the spring accessible. Also avoid the spring during summer monsoon rains, as the access road will become undrivable.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: White Mountain Apache Reservation
Local Maps: USGS Carrizo Southeast
Driving Directions: Directions to Salt River Warm Spring

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May 2018