Kaiser Hot Spring is good medicine for any soul in need of beautiful surroundings and the soothing quiet of nature. It’s a scenic, moderate hike that’s close enough to do as a day trip from the Phoenix area. Bonus: There’s a mineral-rich hot spring to soak in.
No need to rush this hike. Take your time to absorb the sights and sounds (or lack of) in the mile or so journey down the dry river bed to the spring. Wear clothes you can get wet in and bring water, snacks and a towel to make the most of it. Some people call it a warm spring; I call it a hot spring. Find out why in the video below.
Video of the Kaiser Hot Spring experience:
The trail isn’t well marked, but apparently it’s well traveled, especially by locals. Although the hike is fairly easy, the surface is coarse sand, which requires more effort than packed dirt trails. Hiking shoes are a better choice than flip flops or river shoes. If you’re solo, consider packing a book or journal. There are plenty of amazing places to stop and immerse yourself in nature.
You may not have the spring to yourself when you go, but you need not worry about big crowds either. If someone’s in the pool when you arrive, it’s to your advantage to take a break on a nearby rock in a place where the pool’s occupant(s) can see you. Chances are they’ll get the hint and let you take take their place in short order.
Getting to Kaiser Hot Spring
Take Hwy 93 north from Wickenburg and continue about 5 miles past the Burrow Creek bridge. Look for a sign that says Kaiser Spring Wash and slow way down to get ready for the next right-hand turn on to a tight dirt road that essentially u-turns. Unless you have high-suspension 4WD, take a left at the fence opening rather than going through it. You can park your car in a nice, flat lot, then hike under the bridge down into the dry river bed. (Scroll down for map)
If you’re coming south on Hwy 93 from Wikieup look for the center median crossing just before the Kaiser Spring Wash Bridge and take a left. If you miss it, just continue over the bridge that crosses Kaiser Spring Wash and do a U-turn at your next opportunity, then follow the steps above.
Once in the wash, go downstream for about a mile. You may get the feeling you went by it or went the wrong way, but you really can’t miss it because the water from the spring spills out into the wash. You’ll know you’re getting close when you pass by a tall canyon wall on your right with a good-sized cave at ground level.
This map will help you get there: