10 Best Hot Springs in the United States

Aaron & HaydenAugust 30, 2020

10 Best Hot Springs in the United States

Natural hot springs have long been a popular destination for road trippers in the United States. There’s nothing better than soaking in the therapeutic waters of these geothermal wonders. With cooler weather on the horizon, we rounded up a list of 10 of the best hot springs in the U.S. And because these make the perfect RV destinations, we made sure to point out where you can park your RV while you visit. This guided search on our site will help you find the best RV for you.

Oh, and here’s a reading list for books that’ll get you extra info on secret springs and hot spring trails all around the country.

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1. Valley View Hot Springs, Colorado

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About an hour north of Great Sand Dunes National Park, Valley View Hot Springs showcases multiple naturally-fed springs nestled among the beauty of nature. Hike up a path with 400 feet in elevation change to find yourself secluded among trees in a 4-foot deep pool, or swim laps in the naturally heated pool near the cabins.

Temperatures for the various pools range from 93 degrees to 107 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on what time of year it is. They also feature a hydroelectric powered sauna. With eight different pools to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to marvel at the surrounding nature.

The entire grounds are clothing optional and offer RV camping and private cabin rentals.

Rates: Day passes range between $13 and $15 per person

RV camping: On site, pricing ranges between $10 and $15 per night (with no hookups)

2. Hot Springs State Park, Wyoming

Located a few hours from Yellowstone National Park along the Big Horn River, Hot Springs State Park features a free bathhouse set in a beautiful landscape. It doesn’t get much better than soaking in the 104 degree thermal pools while watching bison roam free right outside. 

There are both indoor and outdoor pools which are the perfect respite after hiking in the park. More than 8,000 gallons of water flows down the naturally formed Rainbow Terraces every 24 hours. Learn more about this awesome park in the video from Wyoming State Parks above.

Rates: Completely free to use

RV camping: Available in the nearby town of Thermopolis, Wyo.

3. Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado

Claiming the title of the world’s largest hot springs pool, Glenwood Hot Springs is a luxury resort featuring a giant pool, water slides, a mini golf course, and a luxury spa with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. The Ute Indians first called the springs “Yampah,” which means “big medicine” in reference to the therapeutic qualities of the mineral water.

There are 15 different minerals found in the waters, all of which combine to provide many wellness benefits in addition to relieving aches and pains.

Rates: Daily rates range between $18.75 and $29.25

RV camping: Parking is available in the parking lot for day use guests

4. Fifth Water Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah

About an hour drive from Salt Lake City, these natural hot springs might be a little more difficult to access, as it’s about 2.5 miles from the trailhead with 700 feet in elevation gain. Often referred to as Diamond Fork Hot Springs, this spot features a waterfall and several soaking pools that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale with stunning turquoise waters. They have a slightly sulfurous smell to them, but soaking in these pools is the perfect way to celebrate the hike up to them. Try to visit during the week or early in the morning to avoid crowds, as this is a popular destination.

Rates: Completely free to use

RV camping: Available at the nearby Diamond campground, starts at $24 with no hookups

5. Boquillas Hot Springs in Big Bend National Park, Texas

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It’s hard to find a more remote hot spring in the U.S. Located within Big Bend National Park in West Texas, the springs sit right above the Rio Grande with a gorgeous view of Mexico on the other side of the river. Upon entering the National Park, it’s about a 2-hour drive before you reach a very narrow dirt road that takes you to the trailhead. From the parking lot, it’s a quick half-mile walk to the springs. The temperature of the spring water, which is heated by geothermal activity, is 105 degrees year-round. To cool off from the heat of the springs, hop into the Rio Grande River!

Rates: Free to use after paying park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle

RV camping: Available at Rio Grande Village RV Campground, $35 a night with full hookups

6. Travertine Hot Springs in Bridgeport, California

This is the perfect pit stop for folks en route from Southern California to Lake Tahoe or Mammoth Mountain. It’s one of the easiest natural springs to get to and is completely free to visit. Travertine Hot Springs is easily one of the most beautiful hot springs in northern California.

Mineral deposits create stunning red, green, and orange colors on the rocks and the views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains are breathtaking. It’s also clothing optional, so prepare to embrace nature as it was intended.

Rates: Completely free to use

RV camping: Free boondocking is available on Forest Service Land

7. Goldstrike Canyon Hot Springs in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada

About an hour from the Las Vegas strip, you’ll find a stark contrast of peace and quiet in the serenity of Goldstrike Canyon. After a strenuous two-mile hike out—with a bit of scrambling over rocks and the help from some strategically placed ropes—you’ll find an oasis of pools with bubbling waterfalls.

The waters range from 70 to 144 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll even find pools deep enough for swimming. If you hike another 30 minutes from the hot springs, you’ll hit the Colorado River. Pro tip: Avoid this hike in extreme heat, as many deaths have occurred from heat stroke.

Rates: Completely free to use

RV camping: Available at nearby Boulder Beach Campground for $20 a night with full hookups

8. Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

There’s nothing better than a soak in the springs to soothe your aching bones after a long day out skiing the slopes. Nestled in a rustic mountain setting and ideal for winter visits, the 104-degree mineral waters are the perfect temperature to dip into from the surrounding snow. Note: After dark, the park is adults-only and clothing optional. Strawberry Park also offers rustic cabins, covered wagons, and train cabooses for those in search of a unique camping experience.

Rates: Daily admission is $20

RV camping: Available in nearby Steamboat Springs

9. Kirkham Hot Springs in Lowman, Idaho

Idaho is known for its wide open spaces and untouched nature. Touted as one of the best undeveloped hot springs in the U.S., at Kirkham Hot Springs you’ll find pools along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, nestled on the South Fork of the Payette River. Hot water pours over the cliff, where you can sit underneath the waterfall for a warm shower. With 10 separate pools, even on crowded days, you can still find a quiet place to enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

Rates: The hot springs are free, but there is a $5 fee for parking

RV camping: Available at the Kirkham Campground for $15 a night with no hookups

10. Quapaw Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas is a truly unique experience in the world of hot springs. The waters have been carbon dated to over 4,000 years old and the therapeutic waters have drawn many household names including Babe Ruth and Al Capone. The Quapaw bathhouse offers a full spectrum of spa treatments, private bath opportunities, as well as group thermal pools. Relax in one of the warm mineral pools under beautiful stained glass ceilings or take a couples bath in a private room.

Rates: Daily rates vary and start at $20 per person

RV camping: Available in the nearby Hot Springs National Park at Gulpha Gorge Campground for $30 a night with full hookups

Hit the Road

Already wishing you were kicking back in one of these ten relaxing getaways? Us too.

Stock up on road trip essentials, rent the perfect RV, and go soak in one of these rejuvenating hot springs!

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We are Hayden and Aaron Hall and we sold everything we owned to travel the US in an RV. Our goals are to visit every state and every National Park in the U.S. before we travel Internationally to visit every country in the world. We love to highlight amazing outdoor adventures as well as delicious vegan food that we find on our travels.

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