If you’re looking for a unique way to relax this summer, considering checking out one of these 7 hot springs located in and close to the Pacific Northwest! From springs accessible via hike to mineral-fed pools with ample amenities, all of the springs listed here welcome soaking, meaning you won’t want to miss these chances to sit back and relax!
1. Trail Creek Hot Springs
Located in Idaho, these warm springs are just a short 0.1-mile walk from the parking area, making it a great option for those looking for nature-surrounded springs without too much hiking. The springs consist of several pools of variable temperatures. Some of the pools have the option to let cool water from the river into them to lower the temperature if needed. The road conditions in the area can vary – be sure to check for any relevant closures or detours before heading out to enjoy a day at these springs.
2. Bigelow Hot Springs
If you’re looking for a cozier, scenic spring, check out Bigelow Hot Spring. Located in Blue River, Oregon, this option is a bit smaller than some of the others on this list – it comfortably fits 4-8 people. It’s also a bit cooler, making it a great option if you want the hot spring experience on an otherwise warm day this summer.
3. Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort offers a great combination of lodging, amenities, and some gorgeous mineral-fed pools! Located in Plains, Montana, this option features several pools. The hot pools range from upper 90’s to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and the resort also features a “cold plunge” pool to cool off in, with a temperature of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. They are currently only open to guests at the resort, but hope to offer day use access in the future. Guests at the resort can also look forward to comfortable rooms and fine dining.
4. Baker Hot Springs
If you’re looking for a more natural soaking location, check out Baker Hot Springs at Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This spring features two geothermal pools with rock and log walls, and is at the end of a short 0.6 mile hike. Road conditions in the area can sometimes be rough, so be sure to check for any closures or detours prior to heading out! Additionally, a recreation pass is needed to access the National Forest the springs reside in. Day e-passes for the area, as well as the annual Northwest Forest Pass both allow entry, and are available for purchase online.
5. Crystal Crane Hot Springs
Crystal Crane Hot Springs offers not only several relaxing soaking options, but also options for both overnight and day trips! You can look forward to enjoying Hot Springs Pond, a large pool averaging 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Or, if you’re wanting more privacy, consider renting one of the private soaking tubs. Both are available to overnight guests as well as day guests. If you’re looking to spend the night, you’ll be able to choose from staying at a rental cabin, an RV site, or camping, meaning no matter what sort of trip you’re interested in, Crystal Crane Hot Springs has an option perfect for you!
6. Hot Springs State Park
This state park’s name doesn’t lie! Located in Thermopolis, Wyoming, Hot Springs State Park is home to the scenic but very hot Big Springs (not suitable for swimming), as well as several spring locations that you can relax in. Here’s a couple of suggestions for your next trip! Star Plunge features a large outdoor, spring-fed pool, as well as waterslides, and is popular with families. Hellie’s Teepee, meanwhile, is home to a variety of pools ranging in size and temperature. The pools at Hellie’s Teepee are popular with those looking for more quiet relaxation. Both Star Plunge and Hellie’s Teepee do charge a day-use fee. Finally, Hot Springs State Park Bath House offers access to their mineral-fed pools free of charge for twenty minutes.
7. McCredie Hot Springs
Located outside of Oakridge Oregon, McCredie Hot Springs are a group of several pools near the road. The pools vary in size, ranging from a couple feet across to nearly thirty feet across. They also can have higher temperatures (98-114 degrees Fahrenheit), especially near the source, so be sure to check the water in each to make sure it is a comfortable temperature! You can also look forward to cooling off in the nearby Salt Creek.
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