Most people visiting Jackson Hole hit the ski hill or head north in to Yellowstone National Park. Mix it up by heading south on a family friendly adventure to geothermal-heated Granite Hot Springs.
The Civilian Conservation Corp built a rustic pool in the 1930’s to harness the natural hot springs were you can bask in the sunlight and warm water while taking in the breathtaking 11,000′ mountain views. From Jackson, you head south on the 89 then east on the 191. Go north on Granite Creek road which will lead you straight to the hot springs located in the Gros Ventre Mountains (french for big belly). You have gone too far if you hit Bondurant.
Granite Hot Springs, Wyoming, USA
One of the beauties behind the hidden gem known as Granite Hot Springs is its limited access during winter months. Once you turn off 191, you will find a groomed snow covered road where you will need to rent a snowmobile or hop on a dog sled to access the hot springs. You can also strap on some cross country skis and get to work if you’re one of those fitness freaks.
Hours of operation are 10am – 8pm from May to October and 10am – 6pm from December to April. They can reached by phone at 307.690.6323 if questionable weather conditions arise that may cause them to close during normal operating hours. Cost to soak is $8/adult and $5/child.
Camping at Granite Hot Springs
You may bring a tent or RV if you would like to camp at the Granite Hot Springs. They offer 51 locations with potable water, tables, toilets, and fire pits available on a first come first serve basis. Each site is $15/night. Campsite are set up around three loops alongside the tranquil Granite Creek.
Winter Snowmobile Rentals and Tours
Those who decide to visit during winter months can make life easy by hiring a company, such as Togwotee Adventures, to pick you and your family up in Jackson Hole and drive everyone to Granite Creek Road where snowmobile rentals will be provided. Additionally, Togwotee Adventures will provide all clothing and gear needed to be comfortable zipping around on snowmobiles in the Gros Ventre Mountains.
All you need to bring is a camera, sunglasses, swimsuit, sunscreen and cash. Keep your eyes open and camera ready in case you come upon bear, elk, buffalo, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, deer, or moose.
Here is what you can expect to pay for a tour:
Other tour options are listed by the town of Jackson Hole. Before you start relaxing in the hot springs be sure to hike over to the double decker waterfall about half a mile downstream on Granite Creek where you will find a primitive soaking pool. This is located north of the campsites and south of the man made pool.
Winter Dog Sled Tours
Some of you may remember the 1994 Walt Disney movie Iron Will and feel like getting a taste of what it’s like mushing a team of dogs pulling a sled. If that’s you – this is a great opportunity to do it in one of the most scenic locations in America with the relaxation of Granite Hot Springs included in your journey.
Similar to the snowmobile tour, a company named Jackson Hole Itarod Dog Sled Tours will pick you up in town at 8am for a half day or full day trip returning at 1:30pm and 4:30pm, respectively. You will need to book a full day trip in order to reach the hot springs by dog sled – the half day trip is not enough time. Contact the company for pricing – 307.733.7388. They are located off 191 and Granite Creek Road.
The cheapest way to enjoy the Granite Hot Springs is to cross country ski, snowshoe, fat tire bike, or hike in along the 10 mile road if you go during snowy months. Regardless of when you decide to visit you are guaranteed a wonderful adventure and memory of a lifetime.
Those not traveling with a tour should bring snacks and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the pool area.