Most people visiting Jackson Hole hit the ski hill or head north into Yellowstone National Park. Mix it up by heading south on a family-friendly adventure to geothermal-heated Granite Hot Springs.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built a rustic pool in the 1930s to harness the natural hot springs. Here you can bask in the sunlight and warm water while taking in the breathtaking 11,000-foot mountain views.
Granite Hot Springs Pool and Granite Falls
One of the beauties behind the hidden gem known as Granite Hot Springs is its limited access during winter months. Once you turn off 191, you will find a groomed snow-covered road where you will need to rent a snowmobile or hop on a dog sled to access the hot springs. You can also strap on some cross-country skis and get to work if you’re one of those fitness freaks.
Hours of operation are 10am – 8pm from May to October and 10am – 6pm from December to April. They can reached by phone at 307.690.6323 if questionable weather conditions arise that may cause them to close during normal operating hours. There is a reasonable cost to soak for adults and a discounted rate for children.
Granite Falls Hot Springs is located down a half-mile trek from the Granite Hot Springs Pool. It consists of hot water cascading down the cliffside.
From Jackson, you head south on the 89 and then east on the 191. Go north on Granite Creek road which will lead you straight to the hot springs located in the Gros Ventre Mountains (french for big belly). You have gone too far if you hit Bondurant.
Camping at Granite Hot Springs
You may bring a tent or RV if you would like to camp at the Granite Hot Springs. They offer 51 paid campsites with potable water, tables, toilets, and fire pits available on a first come first serve basis. Sites are set up around three loops alongside the tranquil Granite Creek.
Winter Snowmobile Rentals and Tours
Those who decide to visit during winter months can make life easy by hiring a company to pick you and your family up in Jackson Hole and drive everyone to Granite Creek Road where snowmobile rentals will be provided. Additionally, some outfitters will provide all the clothing and gear needed to be comfortable zipping around on snowmobiles in the Gros Ventre Mountains.
All you need to bring is a camera, sunglasses, swimsuit, sunscreen and cash. Keep your eyes open and camera ready in case you come upon a bear, elk, buffalo, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, deer, or moose.
Snowmobile tour options are listed by the town of Jackson Hole. Before you start relaxing in the hot springs be sure to hike over to the double-decker waterfall about half a mile downstream on Granite Creek where you will find a primitive soaking pool. This is located north of the campsites and south of the man-made pool.
Winter Dog Sled Tours
Some of you may remember the 1994 Walt Disney movie Iron Will and feel like getting a taste of what it’s like mushing a team of dogs pulling a sled. If that’s you – this is a great opportunity to do it in one of the most scenic locations in America with the relaxation of Granite Hot Springs included in your journey.
Similar to the snowmobile tour, a company named Jackson Hole Itarod Dog Sled Tours will pick you up in town at 8am for a half-day or full-day trip returning at 1:30pm and 4:30pm, respectively. You will need to book a full-day trip in order to reach the hot springs by dog sled – the half-day trip is not enough time.
Contact the company for pricing — 307-733-7388. They are located off 191 and Granite Creek Road.
In winter the cheapest way to enjoy the Granite Hot Springs is to cross-country ski, snowshoe, fat tire bike, or hike along the 10-mile road if you go during snowy months. Regardless of when you decide to visit you are guaranteed a wonderful adventure and memory of a lifetime.
Those not traveling on a tour should bring snacks and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the pool area.
Address: Forest Road 30500/Granite Creek Road, Jackson, Wyoming, USA 83001