My friend Noah and I are going to find a remote hot spring tomorrow using my GPS. This is something we have been doing together for years and it’s always worth the efforts when you eventually find the spring. Natural hot springs are an incredible gift and every one has its own story.
Noah just told me about a Native American tribe that would soak in certain hot springs and get absorbed into a spiritual existence.
soak.net has the coordinates of every hot spring in the country. A great resource.
Addendum: We found the hot spring, but it was only a trickle and the pool had not been maintained. It is a beautiful spot deep in the Mendocino National Forest. The photo is of a swimming hole right at the spring. Unfortunately, the area is on private property and some asshole has put up lots of signs saying “Spring closed, thank you for Not Trespassing” and “Enter at your own risk” We found a huge junk pile up in the woods above the spring.