Verde Hot Springs 

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Author: Brian Samson
Date: 15 Apr 2007 7:18:28 PM
Source: AllSport GPS on my Nextel phone
Activity: Camping
State: Arizona (AZ)
Distance: 3.27 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1803 ft
Total Loss: 1784 ft
Net Change: 19 ft
Difficulty: 3 / 10
Tags: Arizona, Sedona
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Down in the Verde Valley in Arizona, these hot springs are the remains of a resort that burned down in 1962. Infamous for its tolerance of nudity, these springs are still quite popular with the locals. Be careful coming down Fossil Creek road as it is quite narrow with very steep drop-offs on the side. You can stay at the campsite near the abandonded power plant, or one of the many sites along the Child's Power road on the way in.

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The Fun Way

Distance: 1.35 mi Points: 86
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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We pioneered a route just following the north side of the river until the crossing. Lots of scrambling and lots more fun than a dirt road.

Hiking around

Distance: 0.91 mi Points: 63
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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We just hiked around a neighboring canyon for a while because we didn't want to go back to camp.

The Easy Way

Distance: 1.01 mi Points: 58
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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This way follows the road all they way to the river crossing.

Points of Interest


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There is a public bathroom stall here at the end of the road before you cross the river.


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A little butterfly stopped on a branch long enough for me to grab a shot.


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This campsite is quite large and you should be able to find a site on all but the busiest of weekends. We found a spot at the northwest end near the power plant.


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We hiked back to this shady canyon and were going to have lunch but we decided to keep going instead.

Child's Power Road

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Take a left here and you'll go along and then cross Fossil Creek, and then you'll go up and down another mountain and end up at the Verde River.


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Crossing the river here is the easiest, but longest way to the hot springs.


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Me crossing the river a little farther downstream on the way back to camp.

Dead End

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The "Fun" way came to a stop here, but we didn't. We scrambled up the hill inland and kept going parallel to the Verde river.

Easy Going

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The trail is well defined and easy to navigate.


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The river was quite high and the old road was flooded out, so we had to ford shallow water to cross the river.


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The trail turns right and up the hill toward the dirt road and the "easy" way to the river rossing. We chose to take the "Fun" way by continuing straight.

Hot Springs

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The hot springs on a beautiful day with views of the Verde Valley as a backdrop.

Inside Tub

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This tub is only a few feet deep but is large and can accomadate a few people.

Large tub

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The largest tub is outside next to the mountainside.


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We stopped on this rocky sandbar overlooking the Verde river to eat lunch.

Old Wall

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You can see the old wall and two palm trees across the river where the entrance to the resort used to stand.


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You can barely make out a palm tree in the distance about the swampy river delta, which must be the entrance to the hot springs.

Power Plant

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Child's Power Plant, with a pretty rose bush in font.

Power Plant

Location: 34.349480, -111.698540

Pricly Pear

Location: 34.353298, -111.703850
This prickly pear cactus was budding new growth on a beautiful spring day.


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We clibmed back down to the shore where it opened up a little bit. These were the first of the small rapids we saw on the river.


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MB scrambling up the rocks so we can continue.

Self portrait

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MB and me in front of the beautiful Verde Vallley.

The Bridge

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This bridge runs next to the old Child's Power Plant and is the beginning of the trail from camp to the hot springs.

The world is full of stupid people

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At least that's what the one guest of the hot springs thought.


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MB looks back as the trail get a little tougher.

Verde Hot Springs

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The old hot springs still have hot water. We even had some privacy early in the morning.

Wall art

Location: 34.355270, -111.709633
The walls surrounding the enclosed tub were full of art from the early 60s.


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