Hot Springs in the US You can Swim In

By Aaditee Kulkarni on Mar 04, 2019
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We all love spending time in a bath tub after a long, tiring day. As the warm waters caress your body, you can feel all your worries melt away. Taking a dip in the natural (or man-made) hot springs is something similar, better, we’d say! Apart from making your feel like royalty, these hot springs have many benefits for your mind, body and soul. 

What are the hot springs?

Hot Springs are pockets of water that are naturally heated by the geothermal energy of the earth. As you know, the earth core is hot (really, really hot!) and the deeper you go, the hotter it gets. These mineral-enriched waters are perennially hot (sometimes beyond endurance) but are also loaded with many benefits. They are:

  • Boosting blood circulation
  • Relaxing sore muscles
  • Wiping off the toxins
  • Soothing your body and soul

A trip to a hot water spring is something similar to that of a spa holiday but is much more economical. You don’t need appointments, or need to shell out huge chunks of the green stuff. Let’s take a look at the 10 best hot springs in the USA that are sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated. 

1. Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado, USA

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Warm and soothing mineral waters against the backdrop of soaring Rocky Mountains is the main attraction here. Open to public, these long stretches of thermal spring pools have been attracting people for over 100 years now. The Yampah spring that produce 3.5 million gallons of water every day is the source of Glenwood Hot Springs. The waters here measure a 122°F but are cooled down to 90°F before they enter the pool. Swim, soak, play and splash, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is one of the largest mineral hot springs in the US.

Admission Fee: Yes 

Facilities: Cabana Rentals, Waterslides, Mini Golf Course, Kiddie Pool, Swimwear Rentals, Showers.

2. Travertine Hot Springs, California, USA

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Located at a short 5-minute drive from the town of Bridgeport, Travertine Hot Springs are set amidst the stunning Sierras. Frequented by campers, families, couples, and solo travellers, this hot spring pool is one of the few designated "optional clothing" natural hot spring in the USA. Bathe in its relaxing waters which flow down rock formations, making it rich in mineral content. A campground is located nearby if you wish to be next to springs the entire 24 hours.  

Admission Fee: No

Facilities: Restroom

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3. Granite Hot Springs in Sublette County, Wyoming

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Located along the Hoback Canyon in Sublette County, Wyoming, 30 miles outside the city of Jackson is the Granite Hot Springs. Featuring both man-made swimming pool as well as a natural hot spring bath, Granite Hot Springs is a perfect place to escape the everyday worries. Soak into its rejuvenating warm-water springs that are nestled in the Gros Ventre Mountains, and ease those sore muscles. 

Admission Fee:

Facilities: Campground, Swimming Pool and Soaking Pool.

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4. Conundrum Hot Springs, Colorado, USA

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The Conundrum Hot Springs is one of the best kept treasures of the ski town of Aspen. Reaching these hot springs is not easy, but totally worth it. Don’t let the 8.5-mile hike down the Conundrum Creek Trail deter you. Along the way, you will be treated to some of the most astounding views of the mountains and scenic campgrounds. The added bonus is undoubtedly taking a dip into the calming waters of the Conundrum Hot Springs in the most assuasive settings. Discover the 12 best ski resorts in the USA for a wonderful holiday.

Admission Fee: No

Facilities: Restaurant, Spa

5. Breitenbush Hot Spring, Oregon, USA

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Surrounded by the Willamette National Forest in Breitenbush in Oregon, Breitenbush Hot Spring Retreat is a holistic and spiritual retreat and one of the best hot spring resorts in the USA. The geothermal spring pool here is the result of the precipitation that happens in the surrounding Cascade Range. Rich with many skin-friendly minerals, the natural spring waters here indicate an average temperature of 180 °F. The drill wells circulate water to bring them down to a comfortable 90°F, that is just perfect for a soothing dip. You can follow it up by talking a walk in the woods. Check Out the best places to stop on Pacific Coast Highway road trip.

Admission Fee: Yes

Facilities: Well-Being Programs, Massage, Lodge, Meditation Centre, Hiking Trails, Gift Shop.

6. Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah, USA

Breathe in the cool, crisp wintery air and take a dip in one of the best hot springs in the country to loosen those tight muscles. An hour’s drive from the downtown Salt Lake and a 2.5-mile hike will take you to Diamond Fork Hot Springs, which are set in the picturesque surroundings of the Diamond Fork Canyon. Similar to that of the Blue Lagoon of Iceland, the water here is shades of milky blue to a translucent green. And the water temperatures are most ideal for unwinding after a hike. Also plan to visit these 5 national parks in Utah.

Admission Fee: No

Facilities: Dreamy views of the mountains!

7. Riverbend Hot Springs, New Mexico, USA

Rejuvenating peace-seekers for centuries, the Riverbend Hot Springs are super relaxing natural thermal pools. With accompanying views of the mountains, a visit to these hot springs will truly be a healing experience. Sitting next to the Rio Grande River, the earliest visitors of these hot springs were Geronimo and his Apache warriors, and today people still continue to frequent this place to detoxify their minds and bodies. Children under the age of 12 years are not allowed here to maintain the zen-like vibe 😊

Admission Fee: Yes

Facilities: Lodge, Private Pool Soaks, Restaurant, Gift Shop

8. Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, USA

Take a dip in Idaho’s therapeutic hot springs that bubble out of the natural underground springs giving rise to one of the best hot springs in the USA. The 2.5 million gallons of water keeps flowing in and out of the Portneuf River resulting in Lava Hot Springs being one of the cleanest hot springs in the US. The pools are open all year long and the water temperatures range between 102˚F to 112˚F. One of the best waterfalls in the USA is also in Idaho, plan to visit them too.

Admission Fee: Yes

Facilities: Deck, Cold Water Showers, Canopies.

9. Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, USA

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Discovered by a group of gold-miners in the early 20th century, Chena Hot Springs is today a privately owned, all-inclusive, wellness resort. Spread over the area of more than 400 acres, the geothermal area is about 40 square miles and produce a steady stream of water at 165 degrees which is then cooled. Surrounded by mountains, a dip in these thermal pools looks oh-so-inviting!

Admission Fee: Yes

Facilities: Indoor and Outdoor Tubs, Jacuzzis, Lodge, Restaurant, and Complimentary views of the Northern Lights.

10. Allegheny Hot Springs, Virginia, USA

Dating back to the 18th century, this historic resort has been a summer and winter retreat of the Native Americans for many years now. The spring waters come from the nearby Allegheny Mountains and feed the Jefferson Pools. Allegheny Hot Springs also features one of the very few kid-friendly hot spring pools in the US. 

Admission Fee: Yes

Facilities: Beach, Whirlpool, Slides, and Luxurious Private Cabanas

Please Note: Admission Fee to these hot water spring depends on various factors like guest type (adult, child) and seasons.

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