El Dorado Hot Springs - Hot Springs in the U.S.


When you want to be alone, or to stay with your family, a private pool may be the best choice.

However, most private pools lack a sense of openness in a closed space surrounded by walls.

I had thought that way since I knew an alternative option of “partially” private pools in the desert.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon is registered as a World Heritage site and at the same time one of the most popular tourist spots in the United States.

Grand Canyon

It can be said to be art of the earth that even now eats away geological layers that were created two billion years ago.

Phoenix, the capital of Arizona is known as a launching point for visiting Grand Canyon as same as Las Vegas.

Partially Private

It is an hour’s drive from Phoenix under the crystal blue sky.


The office of the campground looks like those in a hippie commune that consist of RV and humble shacks.

Rustic Office

This facility has a mixed common bath and four private pools, and all of them are clothing optional.

Common Pool

The private pools look unique.

Entrance of Private Bath

The premises are surrounded by trees, and you would find some trails in the bushes.

They are corridors to each private pool, and surprisingly, no doors are furnished.

It is so wide-open that anyone can get into it whenever it is, whoever he or she is.

A little bit uneasy...
Take it easy.

This is a private pool, The Corral.

The Corral

This is also a private pool, Desert View.

Desert View

This is one of other private pools, The Sunset Area.

The Sunset Area

Gallons of clear spring water is provided into the stone-built tub.

The water temperature is around 104 degrees and it does not have particular taste and smell.

Small Tub

The same water is poured into the small tub next to the big one.

Vast Space

From these two tubs, you would have a view of the seemingly unnecessarily private space.

From the Tub

It can be said that you luxuriously rent a part of the vast desert, but the boundary between it and the common space is ambiguous.

You are almost alone, but not completely alone.

That makes you feel the unlimited spatial extent.


El Dorado Hot Springs, Tonopah, Arizona, U.S.


  • Style
    Walk-in / Lodging (campground)
  • Rule
    Private pool / Clothing optional
  • Chlorination
    Not detected
  • Water Temp
    Up to 104 degrees F

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