Summers aren’t the only thing that runs hot in Texas; the state, too, has more than its fair share of natural hot springs. Known as “fossil waters” because of their ancient and invaluable properties, these geothermal wading pools usually sit at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, helping ale everything from sore muscles to joint pain, and even improving one’s mental health. When you consider the fact that most of them also carry dissolved mineral salts, which have scientifically-backed healing powers, it’s little wonder why they’re so popular amongst those looking for some much needed R&R.
Looking to take a dip in one the Lone Star State’s hallowed hot water sources? Here are our top three hot springs you should check out.
Occasionally called the Ruidosa Springs, the Chinati Hot Springs are a mainstay attraction at a privately owned oasis, nestled near Marfa’s vacation and camping rentals. (The high desert town of Marfa is sleepy and secluded, ideal for clearing the mind…and snagging a shoot at the Prada store IG hotspot.)
These springs run hotter than others on this list, peaking the mercury at 113 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round; “cooling pools” exist adjacent to the hot springs, should you need a break from the heat. Just down the scenic River Road is the Big Bend National Park, which contains extra natural hot springs, fishing holes, wildlife watching, and more.
Book a stay Ocotillo Flats to savor the many signs of shouldering Big Bend Park—including drive-able access to these springs.
Speaking of Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Village Springs sits just on the borders of the aforementioned national park. They’re also cooler than other hot springs, settling somewhere around 97 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter the season.
The Big Bend visitors center provides specific directions to the hot springs; taking the like-name “Hot Springs Trail” will lead you to a healthy amount of them. Better yet, all these hot springs—which also go by the Boquillas Hot Springs and the Langford Hot Springs—are free to use. Temperatures will vary depending on the pool, but expect 100-degree-plus submerges.
Book a stay at Rio Grande Village Campground, so you can explore the litany of enchantments along this stretch of the Rio Grande.
Another West Texas geothermic gem, Capote Springs is a group of springs situated near picturesque West Presidio County, about an hour or so outside Marfa. The acreage around Capote Springs also contains the state’s tallest and largest waterfall, Capote Falls—a 175-foot waterfall that can be heard roaring from up to a half-mile away.
The springs have an average temperature of around 99 degrees Fahrenheit. These springs, too, are located in the remote town Candelaria that hugs a sparse, unique, and serene slice of the Chihuahuan desert. Interested in learning about the area’s history? Check out the nearby Marfa and Presidio County Museum.
Book a site at nearby Thorngully Ranch to sleep under the starry West Texas night skies, all while enjoying close proximity to the water-wonders in Capote.
After (or before) you dip your feet into one of these hot springs, don’t forget to check out one (or more) our favorite Hipcamps in the state.
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