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Gillard Hot Springs, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,491 feet
Elevation Gain -231 feet
Accumulated Gain 214 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.17
Interest Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2020-12-05 chumley
Author chumley
author avatar Guides 81
Routes 688
Photos 15,667
Trips 1,597 map ( 11,879 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:29am - 7:18pm
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Arizona's hottest natural spring emits about 400-500 gallons of 170-180°F water per minute into the adjacent Gila River. At typical river flow, the discharge from the hot spring increases the Gila's overall temperature by 2-3°F.


The beauty of this spring is that it hasn't been developed. There are no concrete pools, nudists, graffiti, trash, drugs, saggy things, broken glass, or whatever other images one might associate with a natural hot spring in the wild.

No, this spring is far too HOT for any of that! There is an old sign that once warned visitors of "scalding hot water". Yes, this is water that will put you in the hospital and require skin grafts. Don't touch it!

Warning
DO NOT TOUCH THE WATER! IT WILL CAUSE SEVERE BURNS!!!


Visitors have engaged in rudimentary attempts at forming pools by stacking rocks in the Gila River, combining some natural river flow with the hot spring water. This is essentially a miserable failure and comical in execution.

Hot spring aside, this is a scenic spot along the river and worthy of a short hike for those engaged in a long drive or who happen to be floating by on another adventure.

A visit here is quite lovely. Just don't bother bringing your bathing suit or your birthday suit. You won't need either one!

Warning
In case you missed this earlier... DO NOT TOUCH THE WATER! IT WILL CAUSE SEVERE BURNS!!! This area is a long way from hospital care. Do NOT underestimate the danger.

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2021-01-02 chumley
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    From Safford
    Take US-70 east 10 miles. Turn left onto US-191 North and drive 23.5 miles to the four-way stop at Three Way. Turn left, staying on US-191 North, and go 5.5 miles. Turn left onto the dirt Black Hills Byway and drive 2.0 miles to the (difficult to see) signed Gillard Springs Road. Turn right and drive about 4 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. This road dips in and out of a sandy wash and 4wd is preferred. High-clearance is mandatory. About half a mile from the end, the road leaves the wash in a particularly difficult 4wd section. Some may choose to park here and begin the hike either on the remaining road or by simply hiking down the wash all the way to the river.

    If coming from Clifton, the Black Hills Byway is 3.5 miles south of Clifton on US-191.
    page created by chumley on Jan 02 2021 9:37 pm
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