Following a dusty dirt road can lead you to magical places, this one will take you straight to the lush oasis of Castle Hot Springs, a historical icon, nestled in a rugged and remote desert location northwest of metro Phoenix. Boasting a colorful history, yet untouched for nearly 40 years, this natural gem in the Bradshaw Mountains continued to produce restorative thermal waters as it waited for an inevitable return as a favorite destination resort. The springs emanate from the rock and cascade into three hot springs pools of varying temperatures.
In the beginning, indigenous people journeyed to the waters for medicinal purposes. The arrival of the railroad soon brought a new interest in the springs. Arizona entrepreneur Frank M. Murphy purchased and created the first Arizona wellness resort. Guests had to endure a difficult five-hour stagecoach ride to reach the springs. The journey was made easier in 1898 when the first train depot was built nearby. At the turn of the 20th century, throngs of people continued moving west, many for their health. Celebrities and dignitaries from around the world found their way here. In 1976, a fire broke out in the Palm House, destroying the beautiful building, a symbol of the resort.
The property changed ownership a few times before being purchased by an Arizona couple in 2014 and completed the reconstruction of the property in 2019. They are committed to Castle Hot Springs, honoring the legacy of this unique property and offering genuine hospitality at this desert hideaway.
Richard and I are honored to have celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at this incredible resort, taking in the magic of these springs, the stunning oasis setting, and the superb hospitality.
Excerpts taken from https://www.castlehotsprings.com/
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