The 8 Most Unique Arizona Hot Springs to Check Out

Sheep Bridge Hot Springs — Tonto National Forest

Vibe: Hard-To-Find Faraway Gem

If you’re up for group camping, campfire melodies, and a dash of dirtbag—Sheep’s Bridge is your spot. Hidden amid grassy plains and mountain walls, this off-the-beaten-track natural pool is an actual treasure chest. This place is a big hit with the locals, offering a playground-sized BLM land just begging for weekend-long exploration. Built in the 1880s, the original bridge near the hot springs helped sheep cross the Verde River into the Bloody Basin. Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, the 1989 replica still stands strong, providing recreationally safe passage for pedestrians.

Open all year round, Sheep Bridge Hot Springs is a haven for seasoned van dwellers and road junkies. However, it’s a long, rocky, winding road to get there—crossing the river at multiple points, and those boulders aren’t small! I wouldn’t recommend this spot for vehicles with low clearance. But hey, the scenic views and the chill vibes at the journey’s end make it all worth the wild ride.

Nearest Town: Carefree, AZ

Directions: via AllTrails

Rate: Free