El Dorado Hot Springs – Tonopah, Arizona

If you’re looking for a soothing, healing respite, look no further than El Dorado Hot Springs in Tonopah, Arizona. This small town is located about halfway between Phoenix and Las Vegas, making it the perfect spot to break up a long road trip. The hot springs here are said to have healing properties, and after a long day on the road, there’s nothing I love more than soaking my tired muscles in steaming water.

Parking area at El Dorado Hot Springs. Photo: Azure Bleu
Parking area at El Dorado Hot Springs. Photo: Azure Bleu

How to get to El Dorado Hot Springs

The best way to get to El Dorado Hot Springs is to drive. The nearest city is Phoenix, which is about a two-hour drive away. However, be aware that the last few miles of the journey are on a rough dirt road. If you’re not comfortable driving on dirt roads, I suggest asking someone else to take you – or alternatively, renting an off-road vehicle.

Once you arrive in Tonopah, it’s easy to find El Dorado Hot Springs. Just look for the large sign that says “Hot Springs” – you can’t miss it! There’s plenty of parking available, and camping is also allowed. The camping sites are primitive, but they offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The hot springs themselves are located in a small canyon, and the water temperature varies depending on which pool you choose to soak in. The hottest pool is about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coolest pool is about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s also a small waterfall and several natural geysers that make for a truly unique experience.

El Dorado Hot Springs is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. Not only are the hot springs relaxing and therapeutic, but the town of Tonopah is also full of history and culture. Be sure to check out some of the local landmarks while you’re there – like the Mizpah Hotel and the Tonopah Mining Park. And don’t forget to enjoy a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants!

One thing to keep in mind when visiting El Dorado Hot Springs is that there is no cell phone service or wifi available. So be sure to disconnect from the digital world and enjoy some peace and quiet while you’re there!

Public Soaking

Sunset pool at El Dorado Hot Springs in Tonopah, AZ. Photo: el-dorado.com
Sunset pool at El Dorado Hot Springs in Tonopah, AZ. Photo: el-dorado.com

Desert Pete advises guests to remove all clothing before entering the common soaking area; therefore, this is not the place to wear your swimsuit. Showers, cold tubs, and lounge chairs are available for you to rest in while you’re here.

The Desert Saloon is an area that can be used by individuals as a personal rest and reading space. This location is home to Desert Pete’s Bunkhouse, which offers guests the opportunity to spend the night. Desert Pete does not allow any electronic devices, photography, or alcohol of any kind. You have the option of soaking by the hour or purchasing an all-day permit that is valid for a full day.

Private Soaking

These soaking spaces each have their own unique entrance for your convenience. They charge by the hour, and there is an option for overnight camping, which adds an additional price per person. Children younger than 15 years old do not need to pay.

The hot springs pool in the Sunset Area has seating for between four and six persons. In addition, there is a hot tub, a shower, a workout pit, and lounge seats. It provides a magnificent view of Saddle Mountain that is free from obstruction.

Another one of the hot springs pools, Desert View has space for between four and six individuals. A fire pit, lounging seats, and a view of Saddle Mountain are also included in this space, in addition to a shower and a cold tub.

Lodging

The Nile tent campsite. Photo: el-dorado.com
The Nile tent campsite. Photo: el-dorado.com

At Desert Pete’s Bunkhouse, there are two rooms that are available for rent. You have the option of choose between private soaks lasting 2-1 hours or limitless soaking in the Desert Pete area; however, you cannot select both options. The check-in time is at 3 pm, and the check-out time is at 1 pm.

Mariposa is a more compact room that features both air conditioning and heating. It can be found in the Desert Pete neighborhood. Next door is a room with a restroom, as well as a coffee and tea service. The space is available for rental 365 days a year.

Camping

There are a variety of tent camping sites, as well as camping sites that are able to accommodate recreational vehicles and have electric hookups.

  • Palo Verde
  • Stone Circle
  • Mesquite East
  • Mesquite West
  • Desert Garden
  • The Nile’s
  • Best Pet Grooming

Tips

  • If you have sensitive skin, you may want to bring some protective clothing, such as a swimsuit or shorts to wear.
  • When visiting the hot springs in the winter, you’ll want to bring a swimsuit, a towel, and perhaps some flip-flops.
  • Avoid visiting the hot springs during monsoon season.
  • There are many insects in the area. Bring insect repellent to avoid these critters. – If you visit the hot springs at night, you’ll see an amazing sight of thousands of twinkling stars in the clear, dark sky.
  • If you are sensitive to the sunlight, visit the hot springs in the morning to avoid getting a sunburn.
  • Bring your camera to capture the beauty of El Dorado Hot Springs.

Weather (5 days forecast)

The weather in Tonopah changes dramatically with the seasons. In summer it can get quite hot – but don’t worry, the hot springs will still be nice and cozy! In wintertime, it can get quite cold – so be sure to pack some warm clothes if you’re visiting then.

Local information

Address: 41225 Indian School Rd, Tonopah, Arizona 85354, USA
LL: 33.49313, -112.94016
Phone: +1 623-386-5412
Season: Year-round

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