Itchy feet disease—I think that’s what we both have, after one day at home, we need to get out the next day! When we arrived at North Ranch and Michael started pursuing our Backcountry Adventures Arizona book—if you click on the link you will automatically be taken to Amazon.com. The cowboy picked out several trips jeeping/ATV trips he wanted to take—today’s choice was Castle Hot Springs.
Castle Hot Springs is one fantastic spot—built out in the middle of nowhere fifty-five miles northwest of Phoenix—it’s an oasis in the desert when you top the hill and all the palm trees come into view. Opened in 1896 as a hot springs resort, it was considered to be one of the “premier resorts” in the United States. In the 1920’s and 1930’s America’s wealthiest and most famous families visited Castle Hot Springs—Zane Grey, Clark Gable, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, the Rockellers and presidents Roosevelt, Harding, Wilson and Hoover
During World War II it was used as a military hospital and in January, 1945, John F. Kennedy spent three months there trying to recover from chronic back pain.
The resort remained popular until heavily damaged by fire in 1976. There has been a series of owners—Arizona State University and several private owners. Recently the resort was on the market for $6 million and most recently on the auction block with a starting bid of $500,000. In searching the internet we can find no information regarding the sale—did it sell or not?
The hot springs are fed by an underground reservoir producing 200,000 gallons of water at 122 degrees Fahrenheit—that’s hot water!! The resort is no longer open to the public and a caretaker lives on site.
What an amazing, interesting place—guess I need to go out and buy a lottery ticket!!
We had a great day—just the three of us bouncing and bucking along the rough, rocky back roads of AZ.