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ARIZONA      MAP

NUDE BEACHES & NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

      The most popular nudist site in Arizona is in the mountains just east of Tucson. Tanque Verde Falls [2] 32.2573N, 110.6500W  is a beautiful area along a creek where nudists have congregated for years, and this is an especially nice spot when the creek has water. (It is dry much of the year.)

      Although not as popular as Tanque Verde Falls, another notable nude swimming hole is located along Sycamore Creek [3] 33.8056N, 111.4816W  in a remote area about 60 miles northeast of Phoenix.

      Verde Hot Springs [2] 34.3553N, 111.7096W  , located along the Verde River in a remote and scenic area between Phoenix and Flagstaff, is the most popular hot springs site in Arizona, and nudity is customary here.

SOAKING ESTABLISHMENTS

     El Dorado Hot Springs    33.4934N, 112.9400W 
          Tonopah (west of Phoenix)

NATURIST RETREATS

     Casa Cahava    33.8555N, 111.9583W     E
          Cave Creek

     Lagoon del Sol    33.6696N, 112.0308W     E
          Phoenix

     Mira Vista Resort    32.3417N, 111.1168W     E
          Tucson

     Shangri La Ranch    33.8874N, 112.0812W     E
          New River (northeast of Phoenix)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Arizona Royal Villa Resort    33.4991N, 112.0568W     E
          Phoenix

     Arizona Sunburst Inn    33.5289N, 112.0542W     E
          Phoenix

     David's Oasis Camping Resort    31.4578N, 109.7772W     E
          Bisbee (southeast of Tucson)


COLORADO      MAP

NUDE BEACHES & NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

      Although there are no really well-established nude beaches in Colorado, the state has a scattering of places of interest to nudists.

      An easily accessible site north of Boulder is a hidden corner of the Boulder Reservoir [3] 40.0849N, 105.2240W  that a local nudist group has "colonized" for nude use, but attendance is sporadic. A little west of Boulder, an area of Boulder Canyon [3] 40.0083N, 105.4105W  draws a mostly gay crowd of nude sunbathers. A moderately challenging hike is required to get there.

      In the Rocky Mountains between Denver and the Utah border, South Canyon Spring [2] 39.5537N, 107.4108W  near the town of Glenwood Springs is a very easily accessible yet hidden hot spring where swimsuits are rare.

      Another notable natural springs site is Conundrum Hot Springs [2] 39.0120N, 106.8910W  near Aspen, but it's only for those who outdoorsy, adventurous and in shape. You have to hike 8.5 miles there (one way!). Many make it an overnight hike.

SOAKING ESTABLISHMENTS

     Dakota Hot Springs    38.4182N, 105.0566W 
          Penrose (west of Pueblo)

     Desert Reef Hot Spring    38.3688N, 105.0492W 
          Florence (west of Pueblo)

     Indian Hot Springs    39.7391N, 105.5130W 
          Idaho Springs (west of Denver)

     Orvis Hot Springs    38.1339N, 107.7350W 
          Ridgway (between Durango and Grand Junction)

     Strawberry Park Hot Springs    40.5595N, 106.8500W 
          Steamboat Springs (far northern Rockies)

     Valley View Hot Springs    38.1910N, 105.8160W 
          Villa Grove (west of Pueblo)

NATURIST RETREATS

     Mountain Air Ranch    39.5560N, 105.2015W     E
          Indian Hills (southwest of Denver)


IDAHO      MAP

NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

      Idaho may not seem a very likely place for outdoor nudity, but nude opportunities abound in the state's dozens of hot springs. Idaho has more hot springs than any other state, and most of them are traditionally clothing optional by virtue of their remote locations. Enjoying Idaho's hot springs is not a casual pursuit. Most of the springs require very long and/or strenuous hikes, and some of the springs are accessible only by rafting or hiking expeditions that take several days. If you're a hot springs hound, see the Recommended Reading section of the U.S. Introduction for two excellent hot springs guides.

      The closest hot springs to Boise that has a well-established custom of nude soaking is aptly named Skinnydipper Hot Springs [2] 44.0978N, 116.0515W  , which is about an hour's drive north of Idaho's capital city. It is easily accessible by car, but the half-mile uphill hike to the soaking pools is very steep and will leave you short of breath. Much farther north in the state, one of Idaho's best known springs is Jerry Johnson Hot Springs [2] 46.4629N, 114.8735W  , located in a remote area of northern Idaho, about an hour west of Missoula, Montana. This is one of the more accessible springs in the state but still requires a one-mile hike. Another notable springs is Goldbug Hot Springs [2] 44.9053N, 113.9296W  , located in the Lemhi Mountains of east-central Idaho near the town of Salmon. You'll have to commit to a long and tiring hike of over an hour, but the payoff is worth it: a naked mountainside soak in pools amid waterfalls with a spectacular view of the mountains to boot.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Bare Mountain Hideaway    43.6020N, 116.2125W     E
          near Boise

     Sun Meadow Resort    47.3969N, 116.8072W     E
          Worley (southeast of Spokane, WA)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Bed and Buns    43.5755N, 116.3107W     E
          Boise


MONTANA      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Although hardly known as a region for nude beaches, Montana does have one hidden riverbank beach where sporadic nudity is known to occur: Red Rocks Beach [3] 46.9422N, 113.5914W  east of Missoula.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Cottonwood Country Club    45.7219N, 108.6247W     E
          Billings

SOAKING ESTABLISHMENTS

     Boulder Hot Springs    46.1997N, 112.0956W 
          Boulder (between Butte and Helena)


NEVADA      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Nevada's finest nude site is one of the most beautiful nude beaches anywhere. On the eastern shore of stunning Lake Tahoe [1] 39.1551N, 119.9328W  , nudity is freely tolerated at a series of small coves, mainly Secret Cove and Secret Creek.

      Nevada's other notable nude beach is a complete geographical contrast. Eight Mile Road Beach [3] 36.1191N, 114.8198W  on Lake Mead is located east of Las Vegas in a stark desert setting.

      A final place of note is actually an event. Burning Man 40.7641N, 119.2194W , held annually in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, is notorious for its surreal bizarreness, and while it is not a nudist event, full nudity is a frequent sight as there are no clothing requirements.

PLACES TO STAY—GAY—Las Vegas

     Blue Moon Resort    36.1421N, 115.1720W     E

     Lucky You Bed & Breakfast    36.1589N, 115.1474W     E


NEW MEXICO      MAP

NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

      New Mexico has a number of hot springs where nudity is part of the culture. Unfortunately, the custom of nude bathing at these public-land sites is subject to occasional meddling by authorities, so you run a low risk of being cited at any of these locations.

      The most popular of the traditionally clothing-optional springs is Spence Hot Springs [3] 35.8494N, 106.6297W  north of the town of Jemez Springs, roughly equidistant from Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Not far away from Spence is San Antonio Hot Springs [3] 35.9397N, 106.6433W  . Both these sites are relatively easy to access. In the same area, just a few miles south of Spence, is McCauley Hot Springs [2] 35.8223N, 106.6276W  . These springs require a bit more effort to reach, namely a 1.5-mile hike, but the effort is worthwhile.

      Northwest of Taos, there are two springs sites along the Rio Grande—Manby (Stagecoach) Hot Springs [2] 36.5084N, 105.7242W  and Black Rock Hot Springs [2] 36.5307N, 105.7121W  . While more hiking is required to reach Manby, it is the nicer site and the more likely to draw nude bathers.

      In a very remote and scenic area of southwestern New Mexico between Silver City and Reserve, Bubbles Hot Springs [3] 33.2386N, 108.8809W  on the San Francisco River is a lovely site that has both soaking pools and a warm natural pond great for swimming. Bare bathing is common.

SOAKING ESTABLISHMENTS

     Faywood Hot Springs    32.5543N, 107.9950W 
          Faywood (between Deming and Silver City)

     Gila Hot Springs Ranch    33.1956N, 108.2077W 
          Gila National Forest (north of Silver City)

     Ten Thousand Waves    35.7178N, 105.8900W 
          Santa Fe

     Wildwood Retreat & Hot Springs    33.1972N, 108.2061W 
          Gila National Forest (north of Silver City)


UTAH      MAP

NUDE BEACHES & NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

      West of Salt Lake City, the Exit 84 Salt Flats [3] 40.8000N, 112.5400W  on the Great Salt Lake is a nudist hangout that was recently "colonized" by a local gay naturist group. The area is stark, and attendance is sporadic.

      In a remote area between Provo and Price, Diamond Fork (Fifth Water) Hot Springs [2] 40.0827N, 111.3180W  is one of the loveliest hot springs sites in the entire West. Located below a waterfall deep in a mountain forest, the springs require a hike of about an hour to reach, and nude soaking is customary.


































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