White River Warm Spring

Fort Apache, Arizona

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An isolated, small, warm spring with a substantial flow. The warm spring feeds the White River in the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Set in a beautiful location, the White River Warm Spring requires quite a trek to reach it. In addition to being a long drive from any large towns, it is only reached via a grueling hike down a wild river. Because there are no roads or trails to the spring, however, it is in nearly pristine condition. A fairly large flow of warm water emanates from the hillside and forms a small‚ sandy pool of water. A small bench of land separates the spring from the river. The warm-spring water itself is completely clear, and contrasts nicely with the sediment-filled water of the White River. This section of the White River is only frequented by cattle and it does not appear that they use the spring. There is ample evidence, however, that this area was used by humans in the past. Many prehistoric paintings can be found on nearby rock overhangs. This must have been a pleasant place to live. The warm spring is in a primitive setting and is largely unchanged by human hands.

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"An isolated, small, warm spring with a substantial flow. The warm spring feeds the White River in the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Set in a beautiful location, the White River Warm Spring requires quite a trek to reach it. In addition to being a long drive from any large towns, it is only reached via a grueling hike down a wild river. Because there are no roads or trails to the spring, however, it is in nearly pristine condition.

A fairly large flow of warm water emanates from the hillside and forms a small‚ sandy pool of water. A small bench of land separates the spring from the river. The warm-spring water itself is completely clear, and contrasts nicely with the sediment-filled water of the White River. This section of the White River is only frequented by cattle and it does not appear that they use the spring. There is ample evidence, however, that this area was used by humans in the past. Many prehistoric paintings can be found on nearby rock overhangs. This must have been a pleasant place to live. The warm spring is in a primitive setting and is largely unchanged by human hands."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Apache
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round. During wet periods, however, access to the spring may be impossible due to high water levels in the White River.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: White Mountain Apache Reservation
Local Maps: USGS Forks Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to White River Warm Spring

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May 2018