Hooker's Hot Spring

Willcox, Arizona

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A truly hot spring that feeds a small watering trough. The hot spring is within a ranch owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. A hot hot-spring source is diverted into a small watering trough for the use of guests of The Nature Conservancy’s Muleshoe Ranch. The hot-spring water is very hot, and cools only slightly before it reaches the watering trough. The hot spring is only available to those staying in one of the casitas nearby. Since this is a nature preserve, all care should be taken to maintain its sanctity. Those who truly appreciate nature and wildlife should make the trip. Do not go simply for a hot soak. The hot spring itself has only been diverted into a watering trough, but the ranch on which it is located has been in operation since the 1860s and offers modern lodging.
Touring Arizona Hot Springs

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Touring Arizona Hot Springs

by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)

A truly hot spring that feeds a small watering trough. The hot spring is within a ranch owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. A hot hot-spring source is diverted into a small watering trough for the use of guests of The Nature Conservancy’s Muleshoe Ranch. The hot-spring water is very hot, and cools only slightly before it reaches the watering trough.

The hot spring is only available to those staying in one of the casitas nearby. Since this is a nature preserve, all care should be taken to maintain its sanctity. Those who truly appreciate nature and wildlife should make the trip. Do not go simply for a hot soak. The hot spring itself has only been diverted into a watering trough, but the ranch on which it is located has been in operation since the 1860s and offers modern lodging.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Willcox
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot, and the ranch is generally closed to overnight guests anyway.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy
Local Maps: USGS Hooker's Hot Spring
Driving Directions: Directions to Hooker's Hot Spring

Recent Trail Reviews

1/1/2010
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Hookers Hot Springs is Private and is not open to the public. There is no camping anywhere near the springs. The only way you can use any of the springs is to pay to stay at the Nature Conservancy lodging. Though the lodging is expensive, it is well worth the money if you can afford it. You will stay at the edge of the Nature Conservancy's Muleshoe Preserve which is about 50,000 acres with lots of hiking potential. A few trails take off from near the lodging. To get backcountry you will need a very high clearance vehicle or plan for many miles of hiking in on a bad dirt road. You could always use mountain bikes to access the backcountry by dirt road. You will be sorry if you try driving out there in your Subaru! The Preserve itself is open to visitors year round and you can camp in the outback free. Just be sure you pay attention to when hunting season runs so you are not in danger when deer hunting is on. There is a visitor's center at Muleshoe that is open 9 - 5 Thurs thru Monday. You can get trail info there. While you can do Muleshoe Preserve as a day trip, it is a long 30 miles in on a dirt road just to get to the preserve. Do yourself a favor and splurge on a stay in the casitas so you can use the hot springs after your hike.



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