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o Arizona Hot Spring Report. 2003. I hiked through the desert to Arizona Hot Spring on SuperBowl Sunday in January, 2003. Here is my report, which adds to excellent reports by Paul and Don. I was staying in Las Vegas at Our House Las Vegas, a nudist mini-resort (see separate report below). It was a gorgeous day - not a cloud in the sky and about 70F (Nevada winter?). I left Las Vegas at 1 pm Pacific Time, knowing that sunset was at 5 pm. If doing this trip in the afternoon, itís better to start out 5 hours before sunset, or six hours before the time you want to be back in Las Vegas. In the hotter months, itís better to start out early in the morning (e.g. 7 am) so as to avoid the hottest part of the day. Warning: it may not be safe to do this hike in the summer months because of very high temperatures... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Arizona Hot Spring Report. November 2002. An open day in Las Vegas before a red-eye flight home meant one thing: time for a hike to a hot spring! Before leaving for this trip I prepared by reading trip reports on NetNude for the closest hot springs, Arizona and Goldstrike Hot Springs, as well as checking out other sites such as soak.net. I also marked out routes to the springs on my GPS to make navigation easier. I decided to try for Goldstrike and the Sauna Cave, but I also took along the directions to Arizona just in case... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Arizona Hot Spring Report. Fall 2002. Arizona Hot Spring (aka Ringbolt Rapids Hot Spring) is located near the Colorado River in northwest Arizona, about 35 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. Itís one of the Southwestís finest natural hot springs, and a truly wonderful place to soak and relax your nude body and restore your mind. The hot springs flow out of the ground where a desert wash cuts deep into the rock, forming a slot canyon. Spring water seeps from the rock walls and up from underground, where it has been heated by geothermal activity. There are usually 3 or 4 pools of various temperatures built near the source of the springs in the narrow part of the canyon. The pools are created by damming up the waterflow with sandbags and/or large rocks. Thereís no sulfur present in these springs, and with a decent flow rate over a gravel bed, the amount of algae formation is negligible.... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Arizona Hotspring Report. 2000. The next time you're shivering in the unusually cold winter weather that most of the U.S. has been experiencing, lately, imagine yourself in this setting: As you lay your head back you view the steep rock walls of the narrow canyon rising over you on either side, and through the aperture high above, the clear and sunny Southwestern sky is visible. The canyon floor beneath you is a pebbled bed of ancient desert wash. You hear nothing but the sound of natural spring water as it flows gently through the canyon, spilling over short waterfalls along the way. At this particular spot in the canyon, the spring water seeps from the rock walls and up from underground, where it has been heated by geothermal activity. A natural pool of crystal-clear hot mineral water has formed here. The pool is about 2 feet deep, with a temperature of 106 degrees F. Light wisps of steam rise from the pool's surface in the morning air and you relax and enjoy the solitude as you soak your nude body in this wonderful natural hotspring!... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.) 2000.
o Fossil Creek. 2004. This jewel, every pun intended, was brought to us by friends we have not yet met, Jan & Mark (last names to be known) of "WANDERLUST" magazine, 2720 Pickering Dr, Marshalltown, Ia, 50158. We haven't heard from them for a while, but they've done lots of exploring in the Southwest and all the information they've provided has proven to be spot on accurate... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Gillard Hot Spring Report. 2005. In southeast Arizona where many hot springs are located, is Gillard Hot Spring, by far the hottest in the state at 184 degrees; the second hottest one is 149 degrees. Located in a deep canyon on the Gila River at 3,500 feet elevation, the scenery at Gillard is to die for. Access to Gillard is extremely difficult for two reasons: 1. The area leading into it is a confusing maze of old mining roads, criss crossing and looping back on each other making reliable directions difficult to both obtain and give. Verily, it took us three tries to find our way in there... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Grand Canyon Report. 2005. About thirty of us (guys and gals) did a seven day clothing optional raft trip down the Colorado River, in the Grand Canyon (national park). The guides were, um, very tolerant. There are some fun pix on the rafts, as well as the shore. The water was about 50 degrees and the air temperature was about 100 degrees. Quite a contrast when trying to cool off. We had a BLAST... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Hot Well Dunes. 2004. At an elevation of 3,100 feet, Hot Well Dunes is another Hotel California Hot Spring--it can be heaven or it can be hell, depending. Usually, it's the former during the week and the latter on weekends/vacations, but it can be great weekend evenings, sometimes. It can also change drastically minute by minute; there's just no telling. Why? Because Hot Well Dunes (see also 283SHEEP) is CLASSIC example of bureaucratic obtuseness and the finely honed adroitness and alacrity at wasting taxpayers' $ to create a nightmare that the government is known for. Had he known about it, Senator William Proxmire's Golden Fleece Award would surely have been conferred on Hot Well Dunes... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Kaiser Warm Spring Report. 2002. I visited Kaiser Warm Spring twice in April 2002, on the way to and from the 2002 gathering at Shangri La. There was one small soaking pool, about 6 feet in diameter, at the source of the spring. It was built of rock and concrete, with a capped PVC drainpipe in the bottom center. This made draining and cleaning easy. The water temperature was about 90-95*F. The pool looked like it had just enough room to accommodate about 4 friendly adults reclining, maybe 6 or 7 if they were sitting up straight. The spillover from the pool filled a small puddle area for rinsing feet... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Potters Aztec Baths, Arizona, Report. 2004. This is the ultimate getaway or a scenic or historic adventure without compare. With scenery to die for in the San Francisco River Canyon, not far downriver from incomparable Sundial Hot Springs in New Mexico, Potters Aztec Baths B&B in the Aridzone is a 104 year old, completely restored mansion, on the National Register Of Historic Places, with an 84 year old host who was born in the mansion who will prepare a Mexican or American breakfast for your party and share it with you, all the while regaling guests with tales of a bygone era, rich in history. Many of the working appliances and furniture are also very old. In all the naturnude experiences we've had, there's nothing like this one. If one has a large RV, it's bet to leave it at the Clifton RV park on the flatlands less than a mile away from Potters Aztec Baths; the road down into the mansion is suitable only for vehicles up to, say 25 feet... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Sabino Canyon Near Tucson. 2004. Deep in Tucson's Sacred Sabino Canyon, "GO NAKED" was written in the sand in foot high letters at one of the several small beaches. It's axiomatic we were in our natural element. A planned trip to nearby Tanque Verde (pronounced "Ton-ka Verd-a") Falls had been postponed because the falls are "often bone dry" as WORLD GUIDE, p. 10 advises. Nearby 3,300 ft. elevation Sabino was a logical alternative. We took the $5/person tram to the end, stop 9, ensuring that we knew when the last tram out was leaving, since we didn't want to walk the nearly five miles back. Disembarking, we asked the driver for directions to the creek; she must have decided we were Naturists by looking at our gear and promptly lied with a straight face, directing us to the wrong place... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Shangrila - First Annual SW Gathering Report. May 2000. Hi all. Thought we would post a brief report of the First Annual SW gathering that was held in New River AZ, beginning May 6th, 2000. We arrived at the resort, Shangri La, about 11:00 am, May 6th. The weather was perfect! It was warm and there were clear skies, and very little wind. Our friends, Ron_Cath and Pres, from the chatroom beat us there. It was a busy weekend at Shangri La, but we managed to find our chairs by the pool, that Ron_Cath and Pres had saved for us. Thanks Ron and Cath and Pres!!! .... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Shangri La II Report included -- Nuding Across America. Summer of 1999. We had planned a great vacation for years and at last the opportunity became available. We have been interested in Civil War history for years and had been reenactors, written magazine articles about the Civil War and been members of several historical associations. Amanda is a high school teacher and needed real examples to put more life into history lessons. We needed to replace one of our cars as it was several years old and we didn't want to drive from coast to coast or have to rent a car. We bought a car through the Internet and were met at Dulles International Airport by the salesman and were on our way.... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Sheep Bridge Warm Spring Report. 2005. It's another world at Sheep Bridge, a stark world, a beautiful world. It was like no place we'd been = 38 miles of dirt road with more than a dozen river and stream crossings, thousands of birds, breathtaking scenery, lots of cattle, and an occasional mountain goat. The flora varied from mile high mountain plants to desert scrub. It was also about one of the least friendly places we've been; we saw far more people than we'd ever expect to see in such a remote place, but the only ones who were at all friendly were obviously like us--one group of three tourista types, visiting for the day. To a number, the more than dozen other people either completely ignored us or gave only perfunctory acknowledgment to our happy greetings. We hope it's only that they didn't want `outsiders' to negatively affect their paradise and not something else... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Tanque Verde Canyon in Tuscon, Arizona. March 2003. After obtaining info from other's location reports here on Netnude about Tanque Verde, I decided to try it out while on vacation in Tucson. This place is incredible. There are only a total of 20 people who were there during the two days I visited. You can hike, catch some rays, or just sit back and enjoy nature's beautiful scenery. Those of you in Tucson are lucky to have a place like this. Thanks to those who gave great directions to this location. From now on anytime I visit Arizona I will stop by Tanque Verde Canyon. Thanks nudeintexas for the report.
o Tanque Verde Canyon. October 2002. I visited this site Oct. 21. 2002, courtesy of NetNude's previous poster. East of Tucson, Az. Take Tanque Verde Road East then becomes Redington St. Redington then become dirt road, drive approximately 1.4 mi. Upper Tanque just past "fire danger" sign with Smokey the Bear on it. At times there is a waterfall there, but not this time of the year. There are several small pools scattered here and there back through the canyon and if one were so inclined, one could slip into a very cold pool to cool off. As with the previous post, I would recommend good hiking or climbing shoes, plenty of water, and make sure that there is no rain in the area. Tanque Verde Falls on the Upper Tanque Verde Canyon Trail. Signs erected to warn of flash flood danger were hand scribed with "NUDE ALLOWED" by friendly naturists. Thanks Dan for the report.
o Tanque Verde Canyon. 1998. Alice and I left for Tanque Verde Canyon on a beautiful Tucson Friday morning. A half hour later, we arrived at what proved to be one of the best kept secrets in the world of naturism. After a very picturesque hike down the trail, we stopped for a rest at the bottom of the canyon at the falls. .... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Verde Hot Springs Report. 2005. A good example of an area where the wonderful waters flow at several temperatures, Verde is THE spring of choice for many. Besides offering pools from 104 down to 98 degrees, Verde even has small indoor soaking pools and a cave with a nice 104 degree pool. The outdoor pool is up to six feet deep--great! Native Americans, knowing the healing powers of the magic waters maintained a sanitarium there for a long time, originally naming it Indian Cure Springs. Many a person who thought they were on their death bed went, were cured, and lived for a long time thereafter. Claimed as an A-Z cure (as was most other `mineral' water), by the early 20's, Verde Hot Springs water was bottled and shipped all over the country; the bottles must have been well padded to have survived the ride back out to civilization! As with so many other springs, Verde later became the site of a grand health facility in 1931. The last remnants burned in 1962; plans to rebuild never bore fruit... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Verde Hot Springs in central Arizona, Report. September, 2000. Verde Hot Springs in central Arizona is the site of a former resort, one that hasn't seen paying customers since the 1930's. What's left of the resort is the concrete foundation built around a number pools containing 104 degree water. Verde is a great day trip from Sedona, which is where we were staying. While not that far away from Sedona, if you are thinking of making this trip you'd do well to have a sense of adventure. The last 20 miles of the trip involve a challenging drive down a 1 1/2 lane car-destroying gravel road, a drive that took close to an hour in my Avis-rented Grand Am. The few vehicles that passed me were all trucks - they must have a had a good laugh at somebody driving a car down this road. If I was to do the trip again I'd probably rent a Jeep, which would also come in handy for touring around the desert mesas that surround Sedona... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Watson Wash Hot Well. 2004. We just spent two days at and near Watson Wash Hot Well, Thatcher, Arizona. It's alive and well and the wonderful waters are still flowing. Some devoted locals keep the place picked up. They report loud, litterbug partiers are still a problem sometimes, making it a Hotel California Soak -- heaven one minute, then hell the next. And then maybe back again. One couple who helped build the superb soaking tub reported that BLM backed off on plugging the well because of threats from citizens that they'd sue if the well was capped, thereby ruining, killing, and totally altering forever the small ecosystem the well created and has supported for decades... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Watson Wash Hot Well. 2004. Veterans of all of six hot springs and wells as of this writing, we're happy to say that 90% of all age people using even the relatively public ones do so unencumbered by unhealthy cloth. Great. That's during the week. Our first full weekend at Watson Hot Well was a (clothed) disaster. People running around all over the place with clothes on. People in the tub with bathing suits on. People in the tub FULLY CLOTHED in street clothes... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)

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