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Get nude in North America’s most amazing hot springs

Words: Josh Rakic
Photo: Flickr/Randall Chancellor

Escape the crowds and disappear into the woods for a skinny dip in hot springs untouched by man 

North America has no shortage of natural hot springs. But those that haven’t become over-crowded are few and far between, so prepare yourself for some serious hiking and enjoy the adventure of finding your very own private skinny-dipping haven – after all, there’s no fun to be had in sharing when you can go wild. 

Without further ado, here are five of the USA and Canada’s most amazing wild hot springs where you can get all those great mineral benefits but without the mass of hairy bodies and germs. Lose your clothes but take home your trash, OK?

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Conundrum Hot Springs, Aspen, Colorado
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Set atop a sprawling valley outside of Aspen in the Elk Range, few hot springs are as picturesque at Conundrum. Nor are they as hard to get to, with these wild springs requiring an 14km hike up some 900m of elevation to get there. 

Keyhole Hot Springs, British Columbia

Canada is home to about 30 hot springs, but few more spectacular than the Keyhole Hot Springs in Squamish. They’re free and open to the public, but take the short hike in the cooler months to avoid feeding grizzly bears. With the Pebble Creek rapids whipping whitewater past you, bathing in the keyhole knows few equals.

Umpqua Hot Springs, Roseburg, Oregon
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A series of terraced hot springs deep inside the national forest and overlooking the North Umpqua River, these pools know no bounds – or rules. Nudity isn’t just welcomed but encouraged in the five wild pools, which are at their best during the winter. From the car park it’s a short uphill hike to the camping ground and springs. 

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Rainbow Hot Springs, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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It’s a 24km round trip to hike to the pinnacle of Pagosa’s springs, but Rainbow Hot Springs is more than worth it once you set your eyes on the cascading waterfall above the ponds. Nestled in the canyon below an ample camp site, it’s a hot bath the way nature intended.

Hot Springs Cove, British Columbia
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A 30-minute hike through Maquinna Provincial Park brings you to another of British Columbia’s finest thermal pools - Hot Springs Cove. Halfway up Vancouver Island in Tofino, the hot springs are creviced along the Sydney Inlet off the Pacific Ocean and feature epic views and a waterfall. This is the ideal respite from a bitter Canadian winter.

Boiling River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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This one’s a little more populated than the others, so unless you want the gawking eyes of men, women and children alike staring at your naked frame, we’d suggest wearing a bathing suit. But make sure you check the signs before jumping in, as the temperatures can reach dangerous levels. Be careful of that current, too.

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