Nothing is more amazing than finding hidden treasures, especially ones with lots of history. We think the best gems can be found in nature, like these hot springs in Arizona. They were actually part of an old resort and are now a local favorite. 

The Verde Hot Springs can be found in Payson, Arizona, and the hike there is only about three miles round trip. The Verde Hot Spring trail can be used for hiking, nature viewing, photography and more. You can even bring your pet if they remain on a leash. 

The dirt road leading to the trail is long and may require a high clearance vehicle, so plan accordingly. You'll also need to cross the river to reach the hot springs during your hike. The best part is that you don't need a permit to hike here! 

The main hot spring on the cliffside overlooks the Verde River and the water is about 98 degrees. It's the perfect spot to relax after your hike. You and your friends can sit comfortably because the pool can fit many people.

As you make your way down to the hot spring along the mountainside there will be a sign saying "Nudity Not Prohibited." All we can say is that you might see some people in the nude there.

These abandoned hot springs don't have restrooms or water so be sure to bring your own. If the water is too warm you can take a dip in the river, if conditions permit. 

This relatively easy hike is perfect for a weekend trip or even a daytime one. You and your friends can enjoy the Arizona weather while relaxing in the water. 

Verde Hot Springs 

Price: Free

Location: Payson, AZ

Why you should go: This cool hike takes you to the remains of an old resort with hot springs. You can even bring your pet here for a dip in the water.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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