List of hot springs in the United States

Hot springs in the United States
USA geothermal springs

This is a dynamic list of hot springs in the United States. The Western states in particular are known for their thermal springs: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming; but there are interesting hot springs in other states throughout the country. Indigenous peoples' use of thermal springs can be traced back 10,000 years, per archaeological evidence of human use and settlement by Paleo-Indians. These geothermal resources provided warmth, healing mineral water, and cleansing.[1] Hot springs are considered sacred by several Indigenous cultures, and along with sweat lodges have been used for ceremonial purposes.[2] Since ancient times, humans have used hot springs, public baths and thermal medicine for therapeutic effects.[3] Bathing in hot, mineral water is an ancient ritual. The Latin phrase sanitas per aquam means "health through water", involving the treatment of disease and various ailments by balneotherapy in natural hot springs.[2]

Many hot springs are natural rock soaking pools that are only accessible on foot or horseback, while others are developed into resort spas.


Kanuti Hot Springs Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Alaska


Pumpkin Spring, Grand Canyon


Arkansas hot springs, steam from spring


Mammoth Hot Creek Pools
Geothermal areas in Lassen area
Aquamarine water pool at Bumpass Hell


The Mother Spring, Pagosa Hot Springs, Colorado
Pagosa Hot Spring, Colorado



  • Radium Hot Springs, Georgia
  • Warm Springs, Georgia


  • Ahalanui Hot Pond[7]
  • Kapoho Warm Springs Tide Pools, some on private property[7]
  • Pohoiki Warm Spring, one of several warm springs, part of the Isaac Hale Park warm springs system[4]


Hot spring near Garden Valley Idaho



West Baden Springs Indiana 1906


  • Sand Spring[4] (75 °F / 24 °C)


  • Alhambra Hot Springs[9][10][11]
  • Barkels Hot Springs[9]
  • Big Hole Hot Springs[12]
  • Boulder Hot Springs[13]
  • Broadwater Hot Springs[13]
  • Camas Hot Springs[12]
  • Chico Hot Springs[4]
  • Corwin Hot Springs[13][14]
  • Elkhorn Hot Springs[9]
  • Gregson Hot Springs
  • Hunters Hot Springs[13]
  • Lolo Hot Springs[12]
  • Medicine Rock Hot Springs[9]
  • Norris Hot Springs[9]
  • Pipestone Hot Springs[12]
  • Potosi Hot Springs[9]
  • Pullers Hot Springs[9]
  • Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs
  • Sleeping Child Hot Springs[15][16]
  • White Sulphur Hot Springs[9]
  • Wild Horse Hot Springs
  • Zeigler Hot Springs[9]


Hot spring in Gerlach, Nevada
Diana's Punchbowl, Nevada
View across the Elko Hot Hole
Fly geyser

New Mexico

Spence hot spring
McCauley Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, NM, USA

New York

Orenda Spring Tufa Deposits, Saratoga Springs, New York

North Carolina


Alvord Hot Springs
Bath House on Mansfield property, Breitenbush Hot Springs (thermal mineral springs)

South Dakota



Fifth Water Hot Springs



West Virginia


Grand Prismatic Spring 2013, Yellowstone National Park
Black Sand Basin
Orange Spring Mound at Mammoth Hot Springs

See also


  1. ^ "A History of Geothermal Energy in America". U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Bro, Lindsey (2022). Thermal: Healing with Heat - Saunas, Hot Springs & Baths. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-1-7972-1857-1.
  3. ^ Melillo, L. (1995). "Thermalism in the ancient world". Med Secoli. 7 (3): 461–483. PMID 11623481. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Berry, George W.; Grim, Paul J.; Ikelman, Joy A. (1980). Thermal Springs List for the United States. Boulder, Colorado: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  5. ^ a b c d e Gersh-Young, Marjorie (2010). Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Southwest. Santa Cruz, California: Aqua Thermal. ISBN 978-1-890880-09-5.
  6. ^ "White Sulphur Springs". NoeHill Travels in California: Napa County Points of Interest.
  7. ^ a b Rose, Karen. "Visit Hawaii Island's Hot Ponds". Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Maple Grove Hot Springs - Southern Idaho". Hot Springs Locator. 22 April 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stout, Tom (1921). Montana, Its Story and Biography: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Montana and Three Decades of Statehood, Under the Editorial Supervision of Tom Stout ... American Historical Society. p. 885.
  10. ^ "A Beauty Spot, Alhambra Hot Springs, Montana". Montana History Portal. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  11. ^ "A Cabin. Alhambra Hot Springs, Montana". Montana History Portal. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  12. ^ a b c d "Mineral Springs Found in Many Parts of State". The Billings Gazette. 1933-07-30. p. 15. Retrieved 2024-01-27.
  13. ^ a b c d Inbody, Kristen (22 February 2018). "Montana hot springs are cool now, but they were awesome in 1910". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  14. ^ Sanders, Helen Fitzgerald (1913). History of Montana, Volume 2. Chicago, New York: Montana History Portal/Lewis Pub. Co. p. 1207. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  15. ^ Chiasson, Andrew (January 2013). "The Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Geothermal Use in Montana" (PDF). GHC Bulletin. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  16. ^ Lund, John W. "Historical Impacts of Geothermal Resources on the People of North America" (PDF). Geo-Heat Center Bulletin Vol 16, No. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  18. ^ National Park Service. "Hot Springs/Geothermal Features". Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  19. ^ Walton, John K. (2014). Mineral Springs Resorts in Global Perspective Spa Histories. Taylor & Francis. pp. 175–184. ISBN 9781134920037. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  20. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6.
  21. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6.
  22. ^ Ausley, Christina (October 20, 2020). "Going geothermal: 5 Seattle-area hot springs to soak in this fall". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  23. ^ "Berkeley Springs State Park". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  24. ^ a b c d Mayhew, Bradley. Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (6th ed.).
  25. ^ "Granite Hot Springs Pool, Bridgerton-Teton National Forest". U.S. Forest Service.

External links

  • "Thermal Springs in the U.S." NOAA. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  • "USA Hot Springs".
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