When it starts getting so cold outside that your nose and ears begin to go numb, you know that it is coming time to take a trip to the hot springs. Winter can be harsh, but no matter what time of year it might be, there is always refuge in the warm waters that spring up from below the earth’s surface. As you plan your winter trip this year, here are 5 of the best hot springs to explore in the Pacific Northwest.
If you are venturing into the Garden Valley in Idaho, you have the chance of coming across this special area. Covered up by trees and kept somewhat hidden from prying eyes, visitors to this area have reinforced the pool with cinderblocks to allow for consistent soaking. The water temperatures can get really hot during the day, which makes it the perfect area to visit during cooler months.
More warm than it is hot, these springs show that you don’t have to be in the United States to enjoy a good soaking. Located in the Canal Flats in British Columbia, they tend to stay around 87-92 degrees. Located by a tranquil campsite and offering a variety of spots to rest in, these springs are just what you need to stay warm without getting too hot. Perfect for the hot springs newcomer or for those who just want a calmer temperature.
Located in the Olympic National Park in Washington, these springs were discovered back in the late 1800s. Featuring water that can range from lukewarm to 138 degrees, it makes for a great visit (assuming the temperature is right when you go). Natural and beautiful, it is definitely worth a soak, even if you are just passing through for the day.
One of the more difficult springs to reach, these beautiful springs are also located in Washington, more specifically on the Darrington Hot Springs Trail. Of course, the reason this destination is so hard to reach is because it is off the beaten path and getting there could be a lot more work than it is worth, if you are not well prepared. If you are feeling adventurous though, and wish to see some gorgeous hot springs right there in the bedrock and bordered by jagged peaks, this is the place to go.
Also featured in 5 Best Hot Springs in Oregon, these beautiful springs are given a more unique and special touch with some rustic additions. As you arrive at the park, you must make the hike through 1.5 miles of forested land before arriving at the man-made bath-houses. Once there, you will find a variety of h0llowed-out trees and old whiskey barrels that serve as your hot spring. Though it will cost you $5 to enjoy, it is well worth the trip there, as the 136-degree waters will really keep you warm in the winter.