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5 U.S. hot springs worth the dip

Off the beaten path

From California to Colorado, Texas to Idaho, we are bringing you to five of our favorite hot springs on and off the beaten path, and they are well worth the trip and dip.

Hot Creek: Mammoth Lakes, California

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Surrounded by an intense geological landscape near Mammoth Lakes, California, Hot Creek cascades with crystal-clear water, inviting a sense of peace any time of the year. Plus, it's close to Mammoth Mountain should you want to embark on a winter retreat to the mountains.

When to go: Fall and spring. We love these times of the year for the striking contrasts with the surrounding scenery. The foliage takes on rich colors of oranges and reds in the fall, and greens and yellows in the spring.


Langford Hot Springs: Big Bend National Park, Texas

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Photo credit: Mike Wooldridge via Flickr

A natural pool alongside the Rio Grande, Langford Hot Springs bursts with a rugged balance of rich minerals and the landscape of the Southwest.

The secluded spot allows you to discover a perfect balance of a relaxing soak with a healthy dose of natural rejuvenating minerals in the midst of nature.

When to go: Fall and winter. The desert environment gives way to cool nights and crystal-clear skies for optimal stargazing.


Strawberry Hot Springs: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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The city of Steamboat Springs frames this hot-spring wonder, enchanting visitors from the most outdoor-driven backgrounds to the spa seekers looking to unwind in the private pools of Strawberry Hot Springs. Clothing is optional after sunset, making this hotspot popular with adults looking for a little time away from the kids.

When to go: In the fall. Surround yourself with vibrantly colored trees in the autumn months, and the extra-cool nights are perfect for cuddling.


Hot Springs Pool: Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado

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Heralded as one of the largest hot springs pools in the country, Glenwood Hot Springs combines the best of both nature and nurture with its family-friendly facilities and mass amounts of hot, mineral-rich water — 15 different minerals to be exact.

When to go: Anytime of the year. Because of Colorado's mild summers and the many outdoor activities throughout the state, visitors can enjoy the warm waters of Glenwood Springs in the midst of breezy days or snowy afternoons.


Grimes Pass: Boise National Forest, Idaho

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There's nothing like a hot shower when you're camping, but to indulge in a hot spring while camping is above all expectations. Thanks to Grimes Pass Hot Springs, campers or day visitors can get the best of being in the wild and having a little luxury getaway at the same time.

When to go: During the spring. The nearby rivers will still be quite cold, but you won't have to bother with the heavy rafting traffic during the summer and fall months.

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