Friday, July 27, 2012

The Hot Springs at Hot Sulphur Springs

We were just a block from the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.  Yes, they have commercialized the hot springs, but it was well worth it.  After paying our day fee, we could go back and forth to our RVs as often as we wished.  So we went over in the morning and stayed until NASCAR racing started.  Then after the race, we returned and spent some more time soaking.  

They are one of the oldest and largest hot springs resort in the nation.

The water comes from 35,000 feet below and bubbles up through fissures.  There are seven natural springs with temperatures from 104 to 126 degrees.  Over 200,000 gallons per day flow through the pools and baths.  The tubs are kept at different temperatures, from 95 to 112 degrees.  There are no chemicals added, no filters and no re-circulating of the mineral rich water.

Ute Cave Pool

Many of the pools are only big enough for 2-4 people.

Hot Rocks Pool is barely big enough for one person.

But this pool was easily large enough for us.

I tried nearly all the pools, but the 112 degree pool was just too hot for me.  It was a lovely day, so we would soak for a short while, then lounge, then soak, then lounge.  Get the picture?

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