Eagle Creek Hot Springs

Morenci, Arizona

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Two unusual hot springs on a steep slope in a tributary canyon to Eagle Creek, in eastern Arizona. Eagle Creek Hot Springs are some of the more difficult to find in this book. Their isolated location and the fact that they are on the side of an extremely steep hill make them inaccessible to the casual tourist. The springs emanate from the hillside and the hot water is contained in two small grottos. One of these grottos is a mineshaft, representing an attempt to extract ore from this area. The timbers of this mine are still in existence. The miners who dug this hole may have been attracted to the area because of the hot-spring water, as it is often a telltale sign of valuable minerals. The second grotto appears to be natural and is smaller than the other. Both of the grottos offer unusual bathing experiences, as you must actually get inside the grottos to experience the water. You must perform some gymnastic maneuvers to reach the second spring higher up the hill. The water in both springs is about 95 degrees F, and makes for a pleasant bath if you can fit. Primitive. The only development these two springs have seen is the mining of the surrounding rock.

Eagle Creek Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide

"Two unusual hot springs on a steep slope in a tributary canyon to Eagle Creek, in eastern Arizona. Eagle Creek Hot Springs are some of the more difficult to find in this book. Their isolated location and the fact that they are on the side of an extremely steep hill make them inaccessible to the casual tourist. The springs emanate from the hillside and the hot water is contained in two small grottos. One of these grottos is a mineshaft, representing an attempt to extract ore from this area. The timbers of this mine are still in existence. The miners who dug this hole may have been attracted to the area because of the hot-spring water, as it is often a telltale sign of valuable minerals.

The second grotto appears to be natural and is smaller than the other. Both of the grottos offer unusual bathing experiences, as you must actually get inside the grottos to experience the water. You must perform some gymnastic maneuvers to reach the second spring higher up the hill. The water in both springs is about 95 degrees F, and makes for a pleasant bath if you can fit. Primitive. The only development these two springs have seen is the mining of the surrounding rock."

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Morenci
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Private Property
Local Maps: USGS Clifton
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Creek Hot Springs

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May 2018