San Carlos Warm Springs

Peridot, Arizona

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A collection of warm-water seeps in the San Carlos River within the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation of eastern Arizona. Located in a relatively isolated portion of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Warm Springs makes for an interesting trip. The warm springs actually consist of several small, warm seeps bubbling into the small river (actually more like a creek). The warm springs may be difficult to spot, particularly if the river level is high. During lower water levels, however, the springs can make an excellent bath experience in the river. There are numerous seeps of the warm water near where the road crosses the river. The seeps can be found both upstream and downstream of the crossing. Do not expect to find clearly laid-out bathing tubs or pools, however. Some experimenting may be necessary to find the right mixture of warm and cold water. Occasionally algae in the river makes the warm springs less appealing. The area is rugged and beautiful and well worth a trip. On most weekends you should expect to see other people at this location. On weekdays, or during the heat of summer, however, you may not see a soul. Primitive. There has been no damming of the river to enhance bathing opportunities in this remote location.
Touring Arizona Hot Springs

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Touring Arizona Hot Springs

by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)

A collection of warm-water seeps in the San Carlos River within the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation of eastern Arizona. Located in a relatively isolated portion of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Warm Springs makes for an interesting trip. The warm springs actually consist of several small, warm seeps bubbling into the small river (actually more like a creek). The warm springs may be difficult to spot, particularly if the river level is high. During lower water levels, however, the springs can make an excellent bath experience in the river.

There are numerous seeps of the warm water near where the road crosses the river. The seeps can be found both upstream and downstream of the crossing. Do not expect to find clearly laid-out bathing tubs or pools, however. Some experimenting may be necessary to find the right mixture of warm and cold water. Occasionally algae in the river makes the warm springs less appealing. The area is rugged and beautiful and well worth a trip. On most weekends you should expect to see other people at this location. On weekdays, or during the heat of summer, however, you may not see a soul. Primitive. There has been no damming of the river to enhance bathing opportunities in this remote location.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Peridot
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation
Local Maps: USGS Bronco Gulch
Driving Directions: Directions to San Carlos Warm Springs

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May 2018