Arizona Hot Springs is “cool” place to visit, whether it be at the end of a 3 mile hike down to the river from The White Rock Canyon trail-head on Hwy 93, or by arriving by way of the river and hiking about half a mile up the next canyon downstream from White Rock Canyon.
You know you are there when you arrive at the firmly fixed metal ladder up to the first of the hot pools.
I have done this several times both ways – the latest only on June 25th 2013 (my birthday) and either way is fine. The hike is harder on the legs going back up White Canyon, especially if it’s hot – the boat rental is more expensive! I treat myself this time, and rented a boat for the day at Willow Beach Marina.
The more flimsy aluminum ladder to the pools has now been replaced by a new, more solid steel ladder, firmly bolted to the little cliff near the outflow. It can be slippery, so watch your footing.
On my previous visits, the three separate pools were each a little hotter as you moved the short distance up-stream from the last one. But on my most recent visit, only one pool – the one at the head of the ladder, had any water in at all. This one is quite hot but not very deep, only six to 8 inches I would guess.
Our party made the best of it, but when another four people showed up led by a guide, he told us that this drop in the water level had only occurred within the last week, as he was up here a week ago and all three pools had much more water.
He blamed drunken young campers the previous weekend who he thought had removed the top few layers of gravel filled sacks that govern the depth of the pools. He then began to hand fill a few of these sacks that were to be found strew about the foot of the ladder. Sure evidence of vandalism!
He will require help to get thinks back to normal – and was quite mad about it, and I don’t blame him. Sad really, but we didn’t let this spoil our experience.
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