Tens of thousands of years of geological development made this Arizona gem possible. At 122 degrees fahrenheit, the clear waters of Castle Hot Springs offer its visitors rest, relaxation, and, according to some, healing.
Originally known to the Yavapai and Apache Tribes in the area as a medicinal treatment, the hot springs have come to be a hot spot for travelers looking for a therapeutic soak. Famous visitors include members of the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Wrigley, and Carnegie families who visited often in the 1920s and ‘30s. Some visited so often, bungalows were built just for them. During this time, the resort installed the first telephone in Arizona, and its number was “1”.
The resort was also used for rehabilitation during World War II, during which time a young John F. Kennedy recuperated there.
Castle Hot Springs is sometimes called the “grand dowager” of Arizona resorts, so you’ll want to get a look at this treasure. To get to the resort, take the Lake Pleasant Road off State Route 74 toward Lake Pleasant entrance and go left at the fork. Castle Hot Springs Road is unpaved and is rugged driving for the next 12 miles. The drive itself is scenic, dotted with saguaros and, with good timing, lined by a carpet of desert wildflowers.
While the resort is no longer operational, it’s located approximately 55 miles northwest of Phoenix, where there are accommodations to suit every taste and budget.
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