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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2018
AZWanderingBear
Hiking3.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
300 ft AEG
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The easiest way to get to the Verde Hot Springs is through Fossil Creek and then the Childs Power Plant road and then swim or ford the Verde River to the springs. Of course I didn’t go that way. I’m still trying to determine the limits of my 4Runner. The hot springs are 80 miles from my house going north from Carefree, 25 of that paved. The drive took almost 7 hours -- slow, scenic, bumpy hours.

In the middle of the intersection of FR 57 and Dugas Road, a Ford Explorer sat with a flat right front tire, no tire or rim on the right rear, a caved in running board and a kayak tied to the top. The missing rim lay off to the side with tears in the aluminum and a shredded tire. No one was around and there were no answers to yells or several horn honks. Later I’d meet the owner at the springs, a young man for Colorado who had heard of the springs, looked at a map and chose Dugas Road as his route. Not the best choice, obviously. He’d gotten one bar of cell service and sent a text to a friend in Flagstaff who hoped to come in via Childs Power road and ford the river bringing new tires. I was doubtful, but wished him well.

After checking out the old ranch nearby, I hiked down to the hot springs. A dog and five young folks, including the Explorer owner, were hanging out and camping . I explored a bit and then fetched my trunks for a dip. The water was certainly nice and much of the art work on the walls and rocks was admirable.

My camp was right by the river. After a grilled steak with sweet potatoes and veggies, I sat by my fire a while. My cell phone found that elusive 1 bar and sent a good night message home. Sleeping was easy with the the fast flowing Verde singing to me all night. 34 degrees at sunrise made some hot coffee even more enjoyable. I had thought of a morning dip, but opted out.

The drive out was just as bumpy and slow. The Ford still sat forlornly in the intersection
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