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Relax and Rejuvenate: Exploring the Serene Hot Springs

Colby Murphy


Jackson Hole is renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant outdoor activities. Its serene hot springs are geothermal wonders, providing the perfect retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation. From the developed pools of Granite Hot Springs and Astoria Hot Springs to the more rustic and natural settings of Huckleberry Hot Springs and Polecat Hot Springs, there are plenty of options to suit every preference.

Hot springs combine bliss with the rugged charm of the area, ideal for anyone looking to relax from a day of skiing or hiking. Pack your swimsuit and discover the rejuvenating power of these incredible geothermal wonders.

Kelly Warm Spring

10 miles

Closer to Jackson Hole, Kelly Warm Spring offers a convenient and relaxing spot for a soak. Located in the town of Kelly, this warm spring is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The water temperature is comfortable, and the setting is peaceful, surrounded by the area's natural beauty. Kelly Warm Spring is an excellent option for a quick and easy escape into nature.

Huckleberry Hot Springs

46 miles

Huckleberry Hot Springs is an excellent choice for those seeking a more rustic and secluded experience. Located near the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, these undeveloped hot springs offer a more natural setting than the developed pools. The hot springs are accessible via a short hike, rewarding visitors with a peaceful, off-the-beaten-path soaking experience. The water temperatures vary, but the serene atmosphere and stunning surroundings make Huckleberry Hot Springs a hidden gem.

Polecat Hot Springs

46 miles

Polecat Hot Springs is another undeveloped natural hot spring that provides a serene escape. Located in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, this hot spring requires more effort to reach, involving a scenic hike through the wilderness. The reward is a tranquil soaking experience in a pristine setting, far from the crowds. The water temperature is typically warm and inviting, perfect for relaxing after a day of hiking or exploring the area.

Astoria Hot Springs

73 miles

Astoria Hot Springs, located along the Snake River, is another must-visit destination for those exploring Jackson Hole hot springs. This recently restored facility features several pools with varying temperatures, allowing visitors to find their perfect soak. The natural setting, with views of the river and surrounding mountains, enhances the relaxing experience. Astoria Hot Springs also offers amenities like picnic areas and changing facilities, making it convenient for a day trip with family or friends.

Granite Hot Springs

90 miles

Granite Hot Springs is one of the most popular Jackson Hole hot springs, located about an hour's drive from the town. Situated in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, this natural hot spring offers a picturesque setting surrounded by mountains and forests. The hot springs are accessible year-round, with a developed pool that maintains a temperature of around 93°F in the summer and up to 112°F in the winter. Whether you're visiting in the snowy winter or lush summer, Granite Hot Springs provides a soothing escape in nature.

Lower Geyser Basin

94 miles

Another unique geothermal feature in Yellowstone National Park, the Lower Geyser Basin offers a variety of hot springs, geysers, and thermal pools. While soaking is not permitted in most areas due to the delicate nature of the geothermal features, the basin is worth a visit for its stunning beauty and fascinating geothermal activity. The boardwalk trails allow visitors to explore the area and marvel at the natural wonders.

Firehole River Swimming Area

100 miles

While not a hot spring in the traditional sense, the Firehole River Swimming Area in Yellowstone National Park offers warm waters heated by geothermal activity. This popular spot is perfect for a refreshing swim with the added benefit of naturally heated water. The swimming area is easily accessible and provides a unique experience for those looking to enjoy the warm waters amidst the stunning scenery of Yellowstone.

Boiling River

143 miles

While technically located just over the border in Montana, the Boiling River is a popular spot for visitors to Jackson Hole. This unique hot spring is formed where the hot water from a geothermal feature flows into the cool waters of the Gardiner River, creating a mix of temperatures. The Boiling River is accessible via a short hike from the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, offering a unique and refreshing soaking experience amidst the park's natural beauty.

Yellowstone Hot Springs

149 miles

Yellowstone Hot Springs, located just outside the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, offers a developed soaking experience with several pools of varying temperatures. This facility provides a comfortable and relaxing environment with changing rooms and other amenities. The scenic views of the surrounding mountains and the peaceful atmosphere make Yellowstone Hot Springs an excellent destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Why Visit Hot Springs?

Jackson Hole hot springs are more than just bodies of hot water; they are natural wonders formed by geothermal activity deep within the earth's crust. The mineral-rich waters, often reaching temperatures between 102°F and 104°F (39°C and 40°C), are believed to possess various therapeutic benefits:

  • Muscle Relaxation: Soaking in warm water promotes relaxation and eases muscle tension, making hot springs an ideal post-adventure recovery option.

  • Improved Circulation: Warm water can improve blood circulation, promote overall well-being, and potentially alleviate pain associated with arthritis.

  • Stress Reduction: The calming atmosphere of the hot springs, combined with the warm water's therapeutic effects, can significantly reduce stress and create a sense of peace.

  • Skin Benefits: Certain mineral content in the water may offer benefits for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Consult a healthcare professional before using hot springs for specific skin conditions.

Good for the Soul

Escaping to the serene Jackson Hole hot springs offers more than just a physical soak; it's a chance to reconnect with nature, unwind from daily stressors, and experience the rejuvenating power of geothermal waters. Whether you seek a luxurious spa experience at a developed facility or a more rustic adventure at a hidden hot spring, Jackson Hole offers options to suit your preferences. So, plan your getaway, embrace the calming atmosphere, and let the Jackson Hole hot springs work their magic, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to explore the wonders of Wyoming.

About Colby Murphy

Looking to achieve your real estate goals in Jackson Hole? Work with Colby Murphy for a top-tier experience. With a background as a nationally ranked cyclist and high-end luxury real estate professional, Colby brings drive, tenacity, and a commitment to excellence to every transaction. His connection to Christie's International Real Estate and membership in the REALM™ collective positions him among the most respected networks in the industry. Colby has successfully represented clients globally, ensuring the highest value through his dedication and strategic approach.

Choose Colby Murphy for a winning real estate experience in Jackson Hole.

Colby Murphy

Colby Murphy

About the Author

Born in the land of the Delta Blues, Colby Murphy grew up as a nationally ranked cyclist and avid outdoorsman. Colby's addiction for competition took his amateur cycling career through college, capturing silver at the USAC National Championship and a spot on Team USA for the 2013 UCI World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Colby volunteered coaching youth athletes in addition to interning with the D1 NFL Combine Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. It was freshman year when Colby was exposed to the magic of Jackson Hole. Instantly attracted, he began splitting his time to ski Jackson every year thereafter.

Upon publishing research in the International Journal of Exercise Science and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Colby immediately relocated to Southern California in pursuit of his professional cycling career. Once retired from competition, Colby quickly found himself as a top producing sales professional serving owners of high end luxury real estate in areas of San Diego including Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Coronado. With his affection for luxury property, history with Jackson Hole, and prior connection to Christie's International Real Estate, Colby saw a clear path and executed a move to Jackson. In his spare time, he now enjoys turning laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and giving back at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.

Colby is fortunate to have been raised around admirable examples of what drive, tenacity and resilience can yield. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, and uncle, an owner of the Christie's affiliate brokerage in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, both inspired Colby's ambitions from an early age.

Now, Colby has positioned himself among some of the most respected networks in the industry. He feels proud and blessed to have established relationships with multiple Christie’s affiliate owners and associates spanning multiple cities, states, and countries. Colby has also recently become a member of REALM™, the first globally collaborative real estate collective designed to empower the real estate professional by curating new relationships and matching qualified buyers based on lifestyle experiences and passions rather than search criteria.

In a market where there are as many agents as annual transactions, Colby represented clients from Australia, the UK, Mexico, and several U.S. states in his first year alone. He applies the principles and work ethic he learned through sport and his impressive circle of mentors to ensure he creates the highest value for his clients. Always elevating, always seeking excellence, his acquired values and attributes provide a successful combination that will ensure your selling or buying experience is a win.

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