Castle Hot Springs

4/5 (11 reviews)
Surprise, Arizona (Yavapai County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Highlights

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.

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Trail Reviews

4/5 (11 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Went for a nice easy Sunday drive. Trail\road in great shape and very scenic. Looks like there were several options to connect to other more difficult trails. We just wanted to get out of the house for a bit and let the dogs run.
Trail Review: Castle Hot Springs - Tyler Schrameck
CF
300
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Middle section has some easy, but rocky sections where recent rains have washed out soil. Anything with more ground clearance than a sedan should do fine. Nice drive, scenic. It rained heavily while we were out there and the last wash on Morristown end did flood with rains and had to wait about an hour for water to drop below knee height so we could cross.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is an awesome trail. I did this trail at night then did it again during the day. So much fun, beautiful trail, tons of burros.
Trail Review: Castle Hot Springs - James Molenaar
Trail Review: Castle Hot Springs - James Molenaar
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Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
64950
Status: Open
Visited: 07/07/2021

Arizona National Forests and State Lands are back open for travel. There are still some very important fire restrictions in place. These restrictions can often change by specific areas.
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
64950
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/23/2021

Due to extremely high fire danger, exceptional drought conditions, resource availability, and increased fire activity, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Arizona State Land Department will implement closures to State Trust Land throughout Arizona. These closures are also in conjunction with our USFS partners. As of 8am on June 25, 2021, closures will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in all 15 counties. All state-owned and managed lands are closed to entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited year-round. AZ State Land Closures Notice

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