We have been planning this trip to Takhini Hot Springs for 2 or 3 months. Then we got the brilliant idea to look up the Hot Springs on Trip Advisor. We saw many negative reviews. We were unsure at that point in time whether to go or not to go. We talked to some local people in Juneau who have been there and said they had had a great time. So we decided we would give it a shot. Of course, for us to get to Takhini Hot Springs, it is a 7-hour ferry ride, a visit to an overnight campground in Skagway, then a 3-hour drive to the Hot Springs.
We arrived at the Hot Springs refreshed and ready to partake of the springs themselves. We were met at the front desk by a very nice young gentleman who welcomed us. He was very friendly and he was efficient and sent us on our way merrily. We then took our truck and camper to the Takhini Hot Springs campsite we had rented for the night. We got settled into camp and then went to the Springs for a couple of hours. We had a great afternoon, and the Springs wore us out so we took a nap in our camper. We cooked, ate supper, and walked back down to the Springs for the evening dip in the pool. Enjoyed it immensely!
From 17 other reviews on Trip Advisor, we had expected a very expensive, dirty, run-down place with very rude staff. This is not what we found. Instead, we were satisfied with the cost, the cleanliness and the staff in general, as well as the whole facility including the campgrounds, pool, and showers/changing area. We had one unhappy moment, where a staff member had singled us out for having a beverage other than water in a clear container in the pool area. Our problem with that was that there were at least 5 other bathers in the pool area who had beverages in non-clear containers, but nothing was said to them. This in itself was our only problem. We thought the cost was very reasonable. For $55, we received a campsite with electrical hookup and firepit, one bundle of wood, and two one-day passes to the pool. We were smart enough to bring our own towels and flip-flops, although we don’t think a rental of $1 for flip-flops or $3 for a towel is unreasonable for those who choose not to bring their own. We were slightly disappointed that the restaurant was closed for the season, but we had our own food in the camper, and we could have driven to Whitehorse (about 16 KM) for food if we wanted.
We will return, as we enjoyed ourselves and would recommend it to anybody who is thinking about going.
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