Some of the Most Spectacular Hot Springs and Saunas Are Located in the West—Here’s Proof
From out-of-this-world outdoor saunas and cold plunges to DIYs enjoyed right in your own backyard, we have officially entered the golden age of ritualized bathing.
Throughout human history, the healing benefits of hot springs, saunas, and cold plunges have been celebrated for boosting circulation, reducing inflammation, and generally making you feel like a brand-new human. And there’s no better place to put that all into practice than right here in the West, where striking natural beauty continues to inspire innovation in wellness. Thanks to the recent popularity of teachings from modern practitioners like Wim Hof—the Dutch meditation teacher known as the IceMan who’s initiated everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jim Carrey and Oprah Winfrey—these ancient practices are back in the zeitgeist.
Now infrared saunas, heating blankets, and chic ice baths are becoming just as much a home design staple as a Viking range or an Eames chair. But there’s perhaps no more magical and restorative way to experience fire and ice than getting out into the wild.
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In her new book, Thermal: Saunas, Hot Springs, & Baths—Healing With Heat, California writer Lindsey Bro celebrates saunas around the world in a breathtaking collection of photographs and stories that beckon us all to indulge in nature. To stoke the fire of future wanderlust, we’ve gathered a few of the best hot springs properties in the West for your perusal.
Driftwood Sauna Club
Secret sauna sessions are the name of the game at Driftwood, a traveling sauna on wheels based in California that drifts to various natural locales, bringing the R&R to eager steamers. They can be booked for private experiences as well, making it a perfect option for retreats, events, and weddings.
Maple Grove Hot Springs
Slowing down is seamless at this Thatcher, Idaho, retreat, where guests can choose to sleep in yurts, cabins, canvas tents, or under the stars. All accommodations include access to the 45 acres, including 6 hot spring pools, riverfront beach, hiking trails, canoes, and paddle boards.
Perched on some of the tallest mountains in North America, this eco-conscious chalet is the ultimate backcountry lodge. Strap on a harness and explore ice crevasses and caverns in the nearby glacier, then come back to unwind in their sauna with views of the summit.
Nestled into the old-growth forests of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, the nine-cabin floating lodge is the perfect place to spend time bathing in nature. Be pampered with massages in the treetop spa room, soothe sore muscles in the floating sauna, or soak in the cedar hot tubs set at the base of the property’s cascading waterfall.
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