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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!
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!
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.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.