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Old 07-15-07, 06:20 PM
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Mineral Hot Springs

At first I just titled it Hot Springs 'til I realized that could be misunderstood as least two different ways.

I have lead a ride from west Denver to the Hot Springs in Idaho Springs to the west. Hour plus soak and the ride home. I have just heard of an ocean side hot springs at Stinson Beach just north of San Francisco, accessible during a minus tide. Any recommendations for hot springs that include good biking? I have also posted routes to a couple of naturist resorts on Bikely.com. Seems like another good destination for us health oriented types.
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I've never done it, but I hear it's a nice ride from Portland to Bagby Hot Springs. It's not "naturist" per se, but hippie subculture etiquette rules, so don't go if you're uncomfortable with nekkid people. Most people do overnight camping when they bike to Bagby. The Forest Service has little campgrounds all over that area.
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Old 07-15-07, 07:07 PM
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stage 9 of the '07 TdF goes past Monetier-les-Bains which has a hot spring - used it while on a skiing trip - apart from being very popular all I can remember about it was itching until I'd had a shower later that day (minerals in the water I guess)
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Belknap Springs is nice to ride too, it is right at the start of the Old McKenzie Pass, so you can ride the pass to Sisters and back then stop at the springs for a soak. It's a commercial facility with hotel and cabins. It is also a great place to go after a day of back country skiing, I've been in the pool many times with snow coming down. http://www.belknaphotsprings.com/hotspringPool.html

For a natural spring in the same area try Terwilliger Hot Spring. You can ride the beautiful Aufderhiede Highway, then soak in the natural springs. Near Cougar Lake and the McKenzie River.
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glenwood springs, CO
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just drove thru here...wish i had time to ride.

i DID get to ride thru teton n.p., jackson, wilson and teton village. awesome rides, awesome sites...'cept for almost getting mauled by a black bear.
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Yep Glenwood Springs, Colorado. One of my favorite places!!! You can do the ride thur the canyon which is amazing.

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One of the nicest rides with a mountain bike or cross is from Jackson to Granite Hot Springs in Wyoming.
It's 13 miles south to Hoback Jct,
Then 12 miles southeast along the Hoback River,
Then 10 miles northeast along Granite Creek.

It can be either an out and back or an overnight.
There is a national forest campground near the springs -
but you can camp anywhere on forest land.
The actual Granite Hot Springs is a beautiful pool
constructed by the CCC during the Depression with a boardwalk and changing rooms.
It's right at the base of towering cliffs.
But there are a set of small, natural pools on the far side of Granite Creek
About 1/2 mile down from the main pool just past the waterfall.
That's right - natural springs next to a waterfall.
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