Quick Little Disclaimer: Most of these pictures are from last year. We did visit again this year, but it was raining, so I left my camera in the car. But it’s still lovely in the rain!
Granite Hot Springs is in Brider-Teton National Forest, and it’s way up a mountain trail, and it’s only accessible in the Winter by Snow Cat, and hardly anyone knows about it (best kind of springs!), and it’s beautiful!
And I would like to mention that I was terrified of two things this trip:
2. The eco toilets. Am I the only one who is freaked out by peeing into a black hole?
When you go there, after you drive up the mountain, on your right side there will be a little pull off and you can visit Granite Falls. It’s very pretty and you could go up and stand in it if you wanted to!
And then you go a little farther, and there’s a parking area, so you can park and then walk the rest of the way (not that far) up to the pool. Once you’re there you’ll see some bathrooms, a few picnic tables, and the pool itself.
You can go through the gates and pay your fee (it’s cheap, like $6 per person or something), and then there are dressing rooms.
Once you’re in, it’s amazing. It’s warm (last year was HOT, this year was warm, thinking it may have had to do with the time of year), and it’s beautiful, and it’s a high elevation so it has that nice, crisp mountain air.
You can see granite peaks all around you, and you can hear granite creek (which, is kind of a river) rushing by you towards the falls.
You have to cross a little bridge from the parking lot to the pool, and you get a pretty cool view of Granite Creek while you’re standing there!
It is not a natural bottom, BUT it is concreted and painted over submerged rocks and there is sediment from the spring itself on the bottom of the pool. The paint is a little rough on suits, but otherwise it’s nice and smooth without being slick.
And the best part of the pool is sitting right by the spring where the hot water flows in. Or lounging on one of the big boulders.
We’ve been there twice and we would go again in a heartbeat!
Oh, and this place is way out in the middle of nowhere, and not super well documented. So GPS may or may not work. So, I’ll give you directions in case you need them! I suggest you write this down or take a picture with your cell phone since you probably won’t have internet for a lot of this drive. Directions under the picture!
If you’re coming from Jackson: Go South on highway 26/89/191 until you reach Hoback Junction. It can seem like a long drive, but it kind of comes up fast. You’ll go past all of the cabins and vacation homes and the Teton County gas station/market to a roundabout. Start keeping your eyes out after you pass the Snake River/Jackson Hole KOA campground (even though it’s impossible to miss this). You’ll want to take the roundabout left, on highway 191/189. Then you just want to go East for a long time. You’ll pass over the Hoback river several times, and eventually you will come to a wooden sign pointing toward the pool and campgrounds (this only happens once, and you should have crossed over the Hoback 4 times). Turn left onto Granite Creek Road. You’ll want to follow this unpaved road up for about 10 miles. There will be signs and there’s only really one way you can go. It seems very long because you have to drive very slow, just so you know. The entire trip is about an hour from Jackson to the springs.
If you’re coming from Pinedale: Go West on highway 191 until it meets up with highway 189. You’ll want to then be going North along 189/191. You will just follow this through Briger-Teton National Forest until you see a wooden sign pointing toward the pool and campgrounds (this only happens once). Turn right onto Granite Creek Road. You’ll want to follow this unpaved road up for about 10 miles. There will be signs and there’s only really one way you can go. It seems very long because you have to drive very slow, just so you know. The entire trip is about an hour from Pinedale to the springs.
These are the only two ways I have come. But as far as I know they’re really the only two ways to get there. You can also come in from Idaho Falls which you will want to follow highway 26 North until you get to Hoback Junction and then follow the same directions as from Jackson. But no matter how you come you will pass near or through one of those three places.