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Verde Hot Spring [CLOSED] is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, Arizona that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 190 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Hot springs

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

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NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19 until October 1st. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This easy trail leads to an abandoned hot spring resort. The man made concrete pools sit above the Verde River.

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Jess Laska
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Hiking

Trail/Road closed until October 1st or otherwise posted :( We were really looking forward to this one!

Kristina Bhasin
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Hiking

Trail is currently closed until June 30 or until rescinded according to signs due to CoVID 19. Will try again.

Jade Reed
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HikingMuddyWashed out
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Christina Parker
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Hiking

Difficult to get to without 4wd

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Andrew DeBeaulieau
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2/9/2020 water cold, about waist high on most men. good hike, cross by the palm trees

J P
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OHV/Off Road Driving

We took the back way from Dugas rd east to FR 57 south then FR 16 north to verde river. It’s a trail for the insanely hardcore off-road junkies that we are. Must have 4x4.

Belladonna Mccombs Calley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Jul 10 2019
Hiking

This is a super fun trip, however as easy as this hike can be, please be mindful of the environment. check weather patterns, as it is a flash flood area, as well as temps, 98 degrees is hot when you have no shade. also depending in how wet it has been the river crossing can be as deep as your chin or ankle deep like it was for us this time. the road to get there is recommended 4x4, however you can get there with out it as long as you don't go down to the camp grounds. you still need a vehicle that has some clearance. over all it Is a super fun hike and experience.

Nina Im
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 24 2019
Hiking

We camped out and walked across the waist deep water to the hot springs. Peaceful and you might meet some fun interesting people hanging out in the hot springs.

Chris Milner
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat May 25 2019
Hiking

Very easy hike (with the exception for river crossing) with a beautiful finish and reward at the Springs. River crossing not extremely tough, just hard to find the best point to cross. Views were fantastic and the Springs were nice and hot.

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Kyle Myers
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Hiking

Starting to work on bicycle camping and started with the access road great ride in. For those taking the vehicles 2wd will be highly challenged and may not make it. I have taken my Chevy spark, decent ground clearance, on tougher trails but I don’t think would have made it. Easier hike in but great riparian area with a relatively lush feel. Be ready for a naked dude at the end but everyone was respectful and the guy had a great story about the history of the springs. Stick with the hot spring in the building, as I was told the out door one used to have have a good flow but has slowed in recent years which with heat grows all types of stuff. The one in the building has a great flow and good heat. Happy trails!

Meg Cox
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HikingMuddy

This was a beautiful adventure! Fairly easy hike, but wear good water-shoes or similar. We went after a period of unseasonably high rainfall and significant snow melt, so the river was higher than is typical, and we had to swim across the water north of the sandbar tip, but there is a road crossing just beyond where the water is only waist- to chest-high on an average adult. The hot springs are fantastic, and a good way to warm up after crossing the cold river! There is some intricate (and occasionally naughty) graffiti, but the secluded and surreal vibe is worth the trip. Pack layers, as the evenings get quite chilly.

rob bauer
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

The river trail is Kaput. Washed out by Spring Floods. Better to hike power plant rd above river. Much better views as well. We were bummed as River was too high to cross for us old geazer hippies it really will take you 85 minutes to travel the 18 miles to get there on Forrest creek rd and verde rd. Plenty of signs and good toilets along the way. Our rental Nissan Rogue did a good job of handling the rd. Great Campground on the river.

Ryan Serafin
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Tried Child Powers Rd on the 2nd of Jan. 2019 in light snow in a AWD Nissan Rogue. It’s NOT a pleasant dirt road any more. Lots of rocks but this stock rental did just fine, AWD is necessary though. However, at mile 7 ish you start a real cliff hanger down slope and about 100 yards down there’s a rock slide. Some industrious party built a path around the one large boulder lounging mid stream

Shelly Fellan
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Really cool hike along the verde river that obviously leads to the abandoned springs (after crossing - river was mid-thigh & we did it barefoot no problem, a little bit of current though if you're bringing kids). Pretty easy with a little climbing. Really nice people at the campground that gave us some advice but you could figure it out anyway. Did meet some nudists but they were courteous & didn't have to share pools since we got there early. The rainbow room was pretty warm but not super hot 11/24/18. Very pretty!

Sara H.
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Camping

Took a Ford FIESTA. The party fiesta. She made it down to the camp sites, had a camera crew watching it trying to get back up.

Mari Limbaugh
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Be real careful taking kids around there. Lately, nudest frequent inside rainbow room where the hot tub is inside, or in the outdoor, luke warm, hot tub triangle pool, and they are super friendly, but they don’t typically move or leave and just chill out there sometimes nearly all day it seems, especially the ones camping there; so if that makes anyone uncomfortable in your party, just be for warned and have a plan ahead of time to try again another time??? Can camp there up to 5 days, too, but didn’t see any camping fee or permit required. Cave at the hot springs was kinda interesting. .One restroom in campsite, but none at hot springs. There is a changing area inside the rainbow room but it is not private as it is next to the hot tub without walls dividing the two areas. Camping area (on opposite side of river) had lots of neat shade trees right along river, but must read rules on fire pits and bbq restrictions. One tent was camping right next to hot springs and had its own firepit made of rocks; looked kinda safe, but not sure how legal that was. We took Child Powers road because heard other road weeks earlier (I assume Dugas Rd) was gated and closed from rock fall, but not really sure about that. We left from Camp Verde around 11 am and got there around 1 and left around 3 or 4pm and got back onto I-17 before dark in mid Nov. We went 15 miles on Fossil Creek washboard dirt road to Child Powers road for maybe another 5 miles down to campsite, but last 500 feet or so of road was horrible with pot holes even with a 4x4 truck, so just took it extra slow and did fine. No signage for the hot springs trailhead, but it starts just outside campground along old power station building. Used gps to help guide us or might have felt was getting lost. It is more like a hike than just a flat short walk. Not recommended for everyone, but most people used to any hiking would do fine. Had to rock climb a little bit, took the dotted line shown on gps from this app on where best to cross the river so don’t run into an island and have to cross twice. The dotted line crossing was narrowest and closest to the hot springs, and looked like a boat ramp area, too. Don’t kayak this area with a lot of experience with right kayak. Apparently kayaking was or is still a thing there. (I recommend kayaking Verde up around Clarkdale and Cottonwood where longer stretches with less technical rapids.) I recommend crossing the river even in Nov like we did today, but bring appropriate clothes that dry fast and watershoes and switch shoes just before crossing river. Yes it was cold but only mid thigh deep and current wasn’t too, too tough while we were there, but maybe after heavy rains it would be too high and fast and too dangerous; not sure. (Fossil Creek 1 mile waterfall trail is on way there or on the way back, and I recommend doing both hikes in same day to take advantage of both since sooo close together and if you get a real really start in the day, but fossil creek requires a permit April 1st to Oct 1st and you really want to select the closest parking lot online or may have to walk a long, long ways just to get to trailhead itself. Fossil Creek is worthwhile and not a nudest hangout from what I recall.)

Ashley Hale
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Nov 17 2018
Hiking

Fun little hike down to the springs. No trail really unless you use the road from childs. I saw a gila monster and painted a full moon in the springs. love this place so much

Baily Hershberger
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BE WARNED: THIS DOES NOT DIRECT TO EASY ROAD. If you click 'directions' above, it will route you to the Dugas Road exit off of the I-17. This is the road that will take you to the ranch/hotel side of the Verde River. it is extremely rocky and not advised for anyone in a regular vehicle. if you are looking to rock crawl, this is the road for you. In my lifted Jeep it was awesome, but if not, take the route that leads you to Child Power Rd. it is way safer and the river crossing is easy most months of the year. I actually saw an old car crashed down the ravene that clearly should not have been on this road. TLDR: Looking for intense 4x4? Take Dugas Rd to 68G Looking for friendly dirt road? Take FR260 to Child Power Rd.

Shannon Bernard
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Nature trips

Fun. Crowded on the weekend in February

Alyssa A.
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Hiking

This hike is gorgeous! But be warned, the road to get to the hike is very difficult!! I took my 2009 VW Beatle down that road and boy was it tough. If you're going to attempt this hike, make sure you have a high clearance vehicle, they're not joking. But if you make it down the 23(something) mile dirt road, it's so worth it!

Chuck Via
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easy hike trail kinda hard to find a 2nd keep. but a carin marks where the stream crossing is. Great place to relax in hot springs.

Mae Insignares
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One of my favorite places to go. very peaceful the springs are easy to get to as well. when you get on the main trail to the hot springs from the campground there will be a fork in the trail one goes left and on goes right. the one on the right go uphill to a main road and you can follow that for about 1 miles and you will see a small train on the left that goes down take that thru the woods, cross the creek and follow the trail and it will take you to the hot springs.

Ted Jemming
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About to go there, for now I'm leaving 5

Stuart Bowsher
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Nice camping midweek, beautiful skies at night with many stars. Spring was all that could be expected of the wonders of this. Company that was present was very sociable and pleasant. Will be back soon.

Edwin Rodriguez
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Great place to camp. By the river and down stream from hot springs is a campsite accessible more for offroad vehicles. Remote. Place gets full of real hippie-like people and sometimes busses of entire families. Great place to get away with or from family. River crossing is shallow in lots of places and the hike from campsite to hot pool can be variety of routes. Us map included first time as GPS will help guide you. enjoy!

Charles Drown
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Camping

Was just there on March 3rd 2017, and it was beautiful. Unfortunately the water was too fast and too cold to cross, so swimming was not an option. I'm sure later this year we will be back when it's warmer and the water has come down, we still had a beautiful evening camping at the trailhead, the grass was lush and the weather was cool. Definitely a cool spot to check out, the last mile of the road is very rugged and I would recommend high clearance vehicles only and four-wheel-drive.

Tamara J.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Apr 25 2016

The dirt road is crazy long and gets very rough and steep. From the creek, park and the 1 mile hike takes you past the old power house. Turn towards the creek when you see the huge palm tree on the hillside. You can swim across the river and climb the cliff to the pools or continue furher upstream to stairs. Difficult in the dark, but a nice trail by day.

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