One of the most amazing things I did in college so far was go to AZ Hot Springs with the Hiking Club and my best friends back in Spring 2017. This is obviously an overdue blog post, considering it happened back in 2017, but I still felt the need to talk about the AZ Hot Springs this year. If you ever visit AZ or need a new AZ trail to hike through, you absolutely have to go to the AZ Hot Springs.
This was an incredible hike, and it was not too overwhelming either…at least for me. I actually found it way harder when we had to go back the next day, rather than making the first journey to the actual Hot Springs. However, the only part that truly sucked for me, especially as a weakling when it comes to lifting, was carrying my backpack. We camped out after the hike in this incredible tent that Madison brought, and I sadly did not photograph it. I was completely beat by the time we got to the springs due to not being used to carrying so many things while hiking. It was very challenging for me, but only because of the weight of the backpack. Either way, I am so glad that Mia, Madison, Brit and I were able to go through this hike together. It was a phenomenal experience for me. I was terrified to bring my camera, but I am so, so, so glad that I did. I was so unbelievably excited to see the hot springs. After the roughly 6 mile hike, which takes about 5 hours according to most people (I was so tired I lost track of time), you come face to face with the hot springs. The spring actually discharges highly mineralized water at a rate of about 30 gallons per minute, according to nps.gov, and it is a temperature of about 111 degrees Fahrenheit. The spring issues from fractures in Miocene-age volcanic rocks near the intersection of two faults, which is pretty sick.
As you can see from the photos above, it is an insanely gorgeous hike and totally worth the strain. I did not bring my camera in the actual springs, because knowing my luck, I’d drop it in immediately. In all honesty, I should’ve just bought a GoPro for this hike. Thank you to Mia for the gorgeous photo of me climbing up the sketchy 20 foot ladder leading to the springs!
Our tent was literally about 5 feet from this ladder. We were also exactly next to the Colorado River. See photo below:
I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading. Let me know if you decide to do this hike in the future. I’d love to hear about it or see your photos.