A trip to Granite Hot Springs is one of our favorite Jackson Hole Activities to recommend to guests here at Inn on the Creek. These pictures are from our Innkeeper, Lindsey’s trip to the hot springs in October. The hot springs are open year round expect for one month in both spring and fall. One can expect complete relaxation and scenic views from their trip to the hot springs. Located in the Gros Ventre Mountains in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the journey to the Granite Hot Springs starts with a scenic drive down Highway 191 through Hoback Canyon.
In the summer season, the pools are accessed by taking a long drive down a dirt forest service road with beautiful views. The road is fairly well maintained but can be a bit bumpy. Shortly before reaching the hot springs the road passes the Granite Creek Falls. It is definitely worth the 10 minute walk down to the base of the falls via an easy trail to get a close up view.
There is ample parking in a large lot close to the hot pools. On your short stroll from the parking lot, you will cross Granite Creek.
A winter time visit to Granite Hot Springs requires a whole different adventure. The forest service road from Highway 191 is closed during the winter season to cars. You must travel by snowmobile, skies or dog sled to access the pools. We recommend going with one of the many tour companies that offer half or full day trips out to the hot pools. The tours include a delicious lunch and a guide that will give you insider knowledge on the area and wildlife. Nothing like plunging into the hot pools after the beautiful and chilly journey out there.
Below is a list of companies that operate tours to the pools.
Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours – 1-800-633-1733
Scenic Safaris Snowmobile Tours – 1-888-734-8898
Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dogs – 1-800-554-7388
As you step into pools, the hot water will instantly put you at ease. The water temperature varies throughout the pools which enables you to pick the spot with just the right amount of heat for you. Natural warm springs fill the pools that were built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Summer (mid-May through Oct.) 10am-8pm $6 per person
Winter (mid-Dec through March) 10am- 6pm $6 per person
*****Call for specific seasonal dates and information 1-307-734-7400.
So grab your swimsuit and head out to Granite Hot Springs because this is one Jackson Hole activity that you will not want to miss out on!