Castle Hot Springs

Surprise, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Highlight: Castle Hot Springs
Located in an isolated desert canyon north of Phoenix, Arizona there are springs that have long been known as a natural healing ground. First known by the Apache and Yavapai Indians, the hot springs are fed by an enormous cistern created by the displacement of tertiary volcanic rock. Each day, this underground reservoir produces 200,000 gallons of water at 122 degrees Fahrenheit. In 1865, Col. Charles Craig, a commander at Fort Whipple in Prescott, chased a group of Indians through the area. His men noticed that the rocks on the nearby mountains resembled castles and since there was a creek there, they named the area, Castle Creek. This route will bring you past several old and new private properties located within cliff-lined canyons. The trail is an easy but very scenic access route to many other trails in the area. Although much of the route is privately owned, the scenery along the route offers is truly worth the drive.


Route Information

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1. Trailhead - North (0 mi)
The trail begins at the dirt and where the BLM Information signage is located at along the edge of the road. Travel north on the gravel road. There is no parking or camping along this section of the route.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Phoenix, AZ Highway 17

Travel north on I-17 for approximately 25 miles to the AZ-74/Carefree Highway exit and then travel west for approximately 11.5 miles. Turn right (north) on Castle Hot Springs Road and travel north for 4.5 miles. Turn left (north) at the trailhead signage.



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Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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