The drive out to the hot springs is a long one, especially if you are staying in Jackson. While only about thirty miles, the drive will take you at least an hour. The highway to the area tops out at 45 mph, then you have to drive down a long, graveled, pot holed road (10 miles of road at 20 mph, you do the math) to get to the springs and just when you think it's over, you must take a short walk.
Our hotel told us it was 35 minutes away, Mapquest said 55. In reality, it took us one hour and ten minutes (with a lead foot). The drive out is absolutely gorgeous though, so be sure to bring your digital camera.
We didn't end up swimming because by the time we got there, we had to turn around to catch our flight, but we did meet the keeper, Willis and his dog Claire. Both were uber friendly and I wish we could've spent the day melting away our tension soaked muscles.
The springs flow into a swimming pool, just like the one at your hotel, so keep that in mind when you head out. The steaming water is cooled to 95ish degrees in the summer and 105ish in the winter and them pumped into a swimming pool. My mom was expecting to soak in a literal spring, so she was a little disappointed.
I think it would be a cool experience if you aren't rushed (2.5 hour drive round-trip) and know what you're getting into (literally a hotel type swimming pool, not as rustic as you might have in your mind).
I will definitely go back, with a good book and a packed lunch, on my next adventure to Jackson.
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