Best Natural Hot Springs on Public Lands
Here, five natural hot spots that are worth a detour and superlong soak. —Megan Michelson
TOLOVANA HOT SPRINGS, ALASKA
These 125- to 145-degree tubs outside Fairbanks have striking views of the northern lights. Be sure to book a night in one of the rustic log cabins.
TRAVERTINE HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
After a day skiing on Mammoth Mountain, veer off Route 395 near the town of Bridgeport to these 100-plus-degree pools, with top-notch vistas of the nearby peaks.
JERRY JOHNSON HOT SPRINGS, IDAHO
Despite some recent flood damage, these 90- to 100-degree springs outside Missoula, Montana, remain a local favorite. Hike in along Warm Springs Creek, off Highway 12.
SAN ANTONIO HOT SPRINGS, NEW MEXICO
Located in the Santa Fe National Forest, these 105-degree pools are flanked by dense forest and ragged cliffs. Ditch your car on Forest Road 376 and hike the five miles in.
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
No surprise George Washington loved these springs: The colonial-era mineral-water pools stay a pleasant 74 degrees, while the indoor Roman baths are 102 degrees.Back to top