Granite Hot Springs
At the head of a gorgeous mountain valley, Granite Hot Springs (307/734-7400) is a wonderful escape both summer and winter. Get here by driving south from Jackson 12 miles to Hoback Junction and then another 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 189 to the turnoff at Granite Creek Road.
This well-maintained gravel road follows Granite Creek for 10 miles, affording impressive views of the Gros Ventre Range and the 50-foot drop of Granite Falls. The road ends at a parking lot just a short walk from the hot springs.
The deep pool was built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and recently improved with a deck and changing rooms. The pool stays around 93°F in the summer but rises to 112°F in winter when the water flow slows.
The springs are open daily (10 a.m.-8 p.m. June-Oct., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec.-Mar., $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12, and free for infants), but are closed in the fall and spring. No showers or running water are available at the pool, but vault toilets are nearby. Suits and towels can be rented, and a few snacks are sold here.
Granite Canyon Road is not plowed in winter but is groomed for use by both snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. A nearby campground (mid-May-Sept., $15, no reservations) is managed by folks from the hot springs and almost never fills up. Dispersed camping is allowed on the road to Granite Hot Springs, except along the final 1.3 miles before the springs.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition