About Fossil Creek: Hiking: # 31 Verde Hot Springs Trail
The hike starts from Childs Power Plant campground by wading across the Verde River. (Call the Forest Service before visiting - high water can be dangerous). Then follow an old jeep trail west for a half - mile and cross over to an island in the middle of the river. Go another quarter mile and look up on the river's south bank where you'll see the old stone house that sits next to the hot springs. Wade across the deeper water here. Or go another quarter mile to cross in shallow water and follow the old road back to the hot springs. Try out the 95 degree waters and judge whether they are not only relaxing, but also regenerative.
Directions to trail access. From 87 turn on Fossil Creek Road (across from The Strawberry Market) and go 11.8 miles southwest, Turn left on FR # 502 and go south 5.8 miles to CG lot (last 0.2 miles requires a high clearance vehicle).