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Mar 08 2020
AZTay
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
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Road was in good condition. No issues getting all the way down to the river. Granted I was in a 4WD truck. High clearance probably recommended and can always park up top instead of driving down the last 1/4 mile to the river.
Oct 31 2019
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Halloween at the Hot Springs! :pk:
Was helping a friend drop off supplies to a camper at Child’s and decided to finally make the stroll to the springs while in the area.
River crossing couldn’t have been better as water was low, clear and barely went up to my knees quite the contrast from what I’ve seen in others adventures.
Springs were nice, only a few friendly people, hung out for a bit and made the easy marked trail walk out.
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Jun 16 2019
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
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After a day at Fossil Creek, we decided to relax in the hot springs. The trail was easy to follow and saw some amazing wildlife on the way. There was no one there when we got there and had the place to ourselves. The whole thing was painted with different sayings and was beautiful. On the way back we did get attacked by bugs, which was not the best. The views were amazing and the sunset was beautiful. It was the perfect ending to a relaxing day.
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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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Sep 16 2017
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
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My family and I made the trek to the old Childs power plant along the Verde River. Our mission was to add some spiritual quotes to the Verde Hot Springs' walls and soak in the water a few hours. We made this trip a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Since then, there are now signs along the road warning people that they need a permit to park along Fossil Creek. Undaunted, we continued since we were not stopping at Fossil Creek. Be warned, a park ranger is now stationed down there at the junction of Fossil Creek Rd and FR 502 (to Childs) roads. She paid no attention to us, but was stopping vehicles going the other way. So, Fossil Creek RD and 502 are in pretty rough shape now. Washboard conditions (especially Fossil Creek RD), perhaps because of a heavy monsoon this year. Anyhow, our stock Jeep made it all the way to the campground easily. The trail leading to the hot springs is in good shape and crossing the Verde was not difficult. At it's deepest, it was probably only three feet. The springs are in good shape, nice and clean, and no nude people! The history behind this place is pretty decorated. The spring pools are part of a hotel that operated between the 1920s and 1960s. I believe at that time, they were accessed from the Dugas side. At any rate, now the easiest way is to drive down to Childs and hike the last mile in there. Getting to Verde Hot Springs via hike is a lot easier than the drive down there. The drive will take about 90 minutes (many places require you to slow to 10mph) and cover 21 miles. Once you get to the campground, the hike is easy. There were cattle ( a couple huge bulls) and deer that we scared up along the river hiking to the springs.
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Aug 20 2017
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Trip to the Grand Tetons for the eclipse fell through. Hot springs plan B. Not bad. Had the place to ourselves.
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Jan 23 2016
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It was supposed to be an easy and chill weekend and thats what we got. Spent the night nearby the hot springs and our group of five was the only one there. River was running about waist deep but the crossing was very doable. Great place! Will be making it there often!
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
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Hot springs with a few friends. Had the place to ourselves :)
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Oct 10 2014
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The No Sissies hash happens once a year down at Childs, and is basically a long, debaucherous bushwhacking experience. James and I drove up, set up camp away from all the action, and proceeded to have a fun-filled weekend of shiggy (bushwhacky shrubbery) and friends. The hash run itself went up a fun canyony wash, then up over a large hill before dropping into the river. It was a hot day, so this was very refreshing. Trail ended (as always) at the hot springs. 50 hashers soaked for a while, then wandered back to camp for red beans and rice, and campfire shenanigans.

We ended up staying mostly to ourselves all weekend, but did visit with a couple of the "locals." There was a man and a woman there who spent a good deal of time camping out there, and they had lots of interesting naturist/naturalist (yes both) tales to tell. We got to hear about the history of their group, times they've had to call helicopters in for medical assistance (for people who weren't in their group), and another man there named Jack who could play a saw. (Apparently this eventually happened around the campfire, but we missed it.)

Very cool weekend, and looking forward to next year's r*n as well!
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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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May 03 2014
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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
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Hiked with my friend Lynda.

The drive in was pretty long but very scenic.

I was very surprised by the amount of people around this remote area. As well, I didn't have much hike information about getting to the springs (HAZ was down yesterday) so I asked several people returning along the trail. Most didn't goto springs because they couldn't find them...odd.

I know the pools were on the opposite side of the Verde and surrounded by building ruins so we marched on and then came to large open wash area where the road is significantly to your right, I then saw a cloth marker tied to a tree. Once through the thicket and rocky wash beyond, I could see the palm trees and the rest was pretty easy. The best place to cross was several yards upstream from the first palm.

Verde was NOT cold, but pleasantly cool...about thigh high on the cross.

Springs were a bit crowded, but I forced my way in for a quick soak.

Fun, but pretty remote for just a small day hike.

Forgot my camera so no pics today. :(
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This was my second attempt at getting to the Verde Hot springs and I made it :y: !

Mike & I started at the road closed sign(near the upper trailhead). As we walked down the closed road, we theorized as to why it was closed. Mike though it might be to reduce the traffic to the lower Fossil creek. I figured it was to prevent cars from driving off the road. From the HAZ photo sets, it looked like it was a common occurrence.

The lower trailheads were full when we went by. About 11am there was a huge caravan of cars driving in. We wondered where they would park.

This was my first time seeing the lower section of fossil creek. Soon we were descending into the Verde. Mike was tired, so he chilled out at the Verde as I continued on to the hot springs.
I changed into my Keen saddles before heading down the trail to the hot springs. The crossing was pretty fun. It was longer than I expected. The last 50 feet were in muddy water.
When I got to the springs there was a family of 12~15 kids and parents playing around. They left shortly later and I had the whole area to myself for about 7 minutes! When I headed back, another family showed me a closer crossing. It knocked off about a 1/4 mile. The closing was narrower, about 3 inched taller and a little faster. I preferred that closer crossing.

I found Mike, had lunch and then we made the march back to the car. Along the way we filtered some water from Fossil creek and saw a skunk by the lower trailhead :o .

The weather was all over the board. The morning was chilly. We had sprinkles by the bridge. The temps by the river were hot. The we got closer to the Jeep, it got down right cold. There was a teeth chattering wind for the last 10 minutes.

It was a fun hike. I might bring my son next time.
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Apr 12 2014
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I did this hike 14 years ago. Day trips back then were tiny hikes. After an out of town hike I would typically explore other parts of the area such as forest roads or little towns.

Here is what I remember. Cure curiosity and never go back. Near death experience crossing Verde. Creepy old naked people in dark corners.

We did this after a decent sized 14 mile loop over at Fossil. While it didn't intrigue me in the least bit going in it was a good opportunity in retrospect. Any hike is a good hike. The Verde was maybe two feet deep at worst. It wasn't cold. No scary swifts. Just pleasant.

The bonus was having Bruce piece together several puzzle pieces I've collected to memory over the years. We stopped and read three interpretive signs on the drive out. I sort of get it now. The flumes, the pipes, Stehr Lake and why it's gone.

Another coolness is understanding the location of the Hot Springs. Basically it's the end of Dugas Road! I know this Alaskan dude that drove it too!
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The Drive.

There a couple of ways to get to the Verde Hot Springs, and I choose the long dirt road way. I took Cave Creek road (FR24) to Bloody Basin to FR16.
There was a lot of camping activity at the Seven Springs area. The large group camp site on the east side of the road was open, and it looked near full. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the large group camp grounds open.

About 2/3 of the way down Fr24 I came across a couple of cows that I think came from Florida. They were in the middle of the road and wouldn’t budge. I was lucky that the road was a bit wider and was able to get around them. They were following the "Stand Your Ground" law.
I made to Bloody Basin / FR24 / FR16 intersection. FR16 is not a bad road, its rougher than FR24. After I passed the 3 hour drive mark, I got fidgety like my son and started asking are we there yet. I figured I was close enough and parked at a big corral.

The Hike.

From my research on the HAZ route manger, I determined that there are two routes to the hot springs on the west side of the Verde. One is to take FR16 to FR57(Dugas) road, which winds around the hot springs. Or take FR16, which is more of a straight shot to the hot springs. The road ends at the Verde about a 1/2 mile south of the springs. From the satellite view, I could see a path from FR16 to about 1,000 feet from the hot springs. Then the Verde narrowed up. From using the satellite and topo views a drew up two options to get across that 1,000 foot gap. This was my plan. Take FR16 to the Verde, then the path and cut-across to the hot springs.

FR16 started off with great views of Pine mountain. Soon I dropped into the horse camp. There is an outstanding cabin there. If the LF cabin is the Hilton, then this cabin is the Scottsdale "W" resort. The Cabin had two twin beds with pillows/sheets, propane stove, water and a concrete pad. See the pics for more detail. Soon the road starts to drop down to the Verde. As you drop Squaw peak comes into view and stays with you for almost rest of the hike. I saw three black helicopters going back and forth over the mountains ranges. I wasn't sure if there were doing exercises or looking for something.

I dropped about a 1,000 feet and FR16 went through some nice tree stands. There’s was a nice tree canopy for a while. I was surprised how cool and shady it was at the 3,000 foot level. Then FR16 went up and over a pass and then I started getting views of the Verde and the power plant. Soon I was at the Verde.

The foot path was an old ATV/jeep path. It followed the river and its washed out at two point. It ended at an old fording point on the Verde. There were a lot of foot prints along the path. I was able to cut across 4 foot of the Verde to another flat area. I was very close to the hot springs! The flat area ended .15 from the Verde! The walls here were too tall climb. I thought about walking up the Verde, but it looked too fast to do that. FOILED!

I back track to one of my possible bushwhacks and the canyon was too tall and steep. FOILED :tt: !

I back tracked again to a drainage and followed that. I found a lone cairn in the drainage. The drainage started to climb to the top of the canyon and then it started to have small water falls. I climbed the water falls until it came close to my comfort level. I then started to climb canyon walls, but there was very loose dirt. FOILED ](*,) for a third time!

Well the best laid plans of mice & men. I decided not to bushwhack to the hot springs. It was late in the day and I had a long drive home.
I returned the way I came. I pumped 2 liters of water at the Houston creek. It was cool hiking back under a full moon.

Even though I didn't make the hot springs, it was still a fun day. The morning was on the cold side with the cool wind and being @ 4,000 feet. It did warm up a lot the closer I got to the Verde. The only people I saw for the was campers on the east side of the Verde. If I try it again, I'll have to drive much further down FR16 or come in from Camp Verde and cross the Verde.
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Another one I've been wanting to visit. While in the area for the Fossil Springs loop, we hopped on the Child's Power Road, down to a parking spot just above the campground.

Hiked close to the Verde River over to the shallow spot where the road used to cross the Verde. I was hoping for little, to no people, to be able to enjoy a bit of time in the springs. The laughter in the distance was an indication that both Hot Springs were filled to the brim. Luckily all were clothed....

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0ImXm8_hjN4

On the way back, after crossing the river at the ford spot, we walked the old road past the old power plant directly to the truck.

I will only hit this one again if in the area on a weekday....
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Easy short hike to the hot tubs.

I did this trail part of the Pine Mountain 4x4 Loop
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A weekend of No Sissies!

Claire and I went to do the No Sissies Hash.. basically, running around following "trail" in the desert.. (beer may have been involved at some point also). Had LOTS of fun this weekend, and ended up at the springs after the run. There were too many people for everyone to fit comfortably, so we soaked for a few minutes before going back to camp to dry off and warm up. Hung out by the fire with everyone, laughing and telling stories. Someone even brought some kind of lemonade-esque yucca drink.. yum! Fun weekend with crazy people!
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I Was planning on doing the flume trail, and ended up doing the waterfall trail, and the Verde hot springs trail. We started at the Flume trail head, and hiked to the Waterfall. We hiked about 1/2 a mile past the waterfall. THe terrain was starting to get to difficult for the dogs, and there where no real trails to follow, so we turned around. I did get on the flume trail for a short distance before heading to the Verde.
On the Verde Hot Springs trail, I took the trails to the hot springs, instead of hiking the road. I didnt cross to the hot spring.
My Uncle who has hiked all over the state, has never been to this area, so I tried to show him as much as I could in the short amount of time.
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Left Phoenix at 6 pm on Friday night, eager to get out of town. Drove to Strawberry, only to find Fossil Creek Rd closed about 2 miles from town (if planning on taking this route, call first to verify that this road is open). Undaunted, we took the 260 toward Camp Verde and connected with Fossil Creek Road on the other side.

19 bumpy miles later, we arrived at the campground at the end of the road. Since the closure of the Childs Power Plant the road's maintenance has been non-existant, so make sure your rig has some good clearance.

We started on foot into the clear, crisp evening just past midnight. The river crossing was chilly, but uneventful. Having arrived late, we soon enjoyed the hot springs and the entire host of Arizona's night sky between just the two of us.

Eventually we emerged from the waters, collected our lightly frozen garments, and headed up the trail to pitch our tent for the last few hours of darkness.

We re-visited the hot springs in the morning (and enjoyed the palimpsest of the hot-house walls in the daylight) before re-crossing the Verde (this time WITH incident!) and heading on to Sedona.

A word to the wise: check the Verde's flow before departing. The 300 CFS we crossed was swift, but entirely reasonable. Veterans of the hot springs suggested that the Verde could be forded up-stream at levels up to 500 CFS--but cannot be safely crossed as higher levels.
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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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