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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2014
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Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
300 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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I wanted to show my son the Verde Hot Springs, so we came drove in from Camp Verde and took the Fossil Creek road. About a mile in the forest service had the road closed because the Fossil creak are was over crowded. I talked to the ranger and tried to explain that I wasn't going to fossil creek or camping. That didn't matter to the ranger. He said with the Slide fire, everyone was flocking to the Camp Verde area and he’s never seen Fossil creek that crowed.

All of a sudden I felt like Clark Griswold on the quest for Wally World. We drove 2 hours and had multiple “are we there yet”. Eventually the ranger said that he was leaving at 4PM and road would be open then.
From hiking the General Crook trail, I knew another Verde River public access area. We drove back into Camp Verde and went down to the river. Nate had fun following the fishing paths. We stayed until 3:30 and then headed back.

Fossil Creek road was open and we headed down. We got behind a 20 car caravan. There was a truck in the lead that didn't know how to drive on a dirt road and didn't let anyone pass them. We passed by a truck that smacked the side of mountain. It’s front passenger tire was sitting next to the truck with the ball joint still connected to it!

We eventually made it to the river! :y: We made the pilgrimage to the Wally World! Nate enjoyed the hike down the road and was little hesitant about the river crossing. The water was lower than in April. Halfway through, Nate started to really enjoy the river crossing.
Nate like the hot springs, but he thought the water would be a lot hotter. The tubs were recently drained and fresh water was filling them up.

On the way back Nate explored a rock area next to the river. He originally wanted to walk the way back down the river. There was some ruins of the old hotel. Nate made a couple of cairns to the ruins.

Nate enjoyed the hot springs, but he doesn't want to go back. The long drive killed his interest in the springs. The thing he really liked was the river crossing.
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