Bartine Hot Springs | Wild Camping

United States

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
1867.9 masl
Website:
None

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Natural Source
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Interesting spot we checked out. Wild camping in dry months would be quite reasonable but in January it was an animal poop covered mud bugging terrain.

There are two tub with natural hot spring water and lots of space to camp.

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last night Google misdirected me down the wrong road and I spent 45 minutes wandering the desert in the dark. I stayed instead at what turned out to be the the entrance to the correct road, at the power lines. this morning I headed to the hot springs but turned around when the road turned sloppy and I didn't want to get stuck with my trailer in the middle of the desert. The app won't let me attach a photograph of the sloppy road.

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Random hot springs. lol
we followed the directions, but missed it somehow and ended up going thru the cattle gate. when we got there we walked over, put the plug in and walked back to make dinner. went back, and the tub was too cold for my blood. hubby was fine. probably around 95-99 ish. only soaked for about 15 minutes. decided to go to bed and let the source water work it's magic. this am, maybe about 99. the source is definitely warmer but piping was too far from it. beautiful, clean.

we cleaned and drained for the next person

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Nice spot. We filled the tub and some sort of centipede type insect was swimming in the water and bit my wife. We only saw one, not sure what it was but not a bad idea to keep an eye out. Water is clean and temperature is nice. The road is very rough close to the spring and obviously becomes a mud hole at times.

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The main tub was recently cleaned by volunteers. It's the cleanest I've seen it. PLEASE be sure to pull out the drain plug at the bottom of the pool and turn off the water when you leave. That way, it will not get all mucky and scuzzy over time and will remain clean and fresh for the next person.

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The wooden plug that keeps the tub from draining is currently very stuck. Someone left it in there and the wood expanded. We could not get it out (we even tried leveraging with a shovel). The spigot was also pulled off the water source pipe, we were able to shove it back on so we could turn off the water but it’s not as well attached as it usually is.

If you come here do NOT leave the water running because the tube will over flow. The wooden plug needs removed to get fresh water.

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Great place the hart tub was empt and clean. I put in the plug and about and hour later it was full and perfect. Was there on a Wednesday and no one was there. Had it all to my self.
Take 3 bars road to the power lines. Turn left and follow the power lines. The road is bumpy and my not be good if wet but good in my 2x4 transit.park at the bottom no need to drive past the oval tub. You can see a bench that ia my the hart tub. The oval tub is not to great. I was able to drive up to the hart tub from below.

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Tips for visiting:
In May 2023 the road was doable in a 2WD sedan. The road is mostly compact sand and gravel with a few sections with soft top sand, washed out towards the end. If wet I'd only attempt with 4WD.
Please park your car on or off the road. Do not drive towards the springs as the ground can be extremely soft and even if you don't get stuck you might damage the pipes that feed the tubs.
Please don't use soap, detergent, etc. as wild donkeys use the water sources.
If you want to light a fire please do it away from the tubs as during the day an old fire ring with half burned logs and a few used napkins thrown in doesn't look very pleasant.
Apart from packing your trash out, please consider litter picking to keep the place welcoming. I've filled an entire pram with at least 3 dozen cans.
Most importantly: enjoy!!!! :-)

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our GPS told us to turn on a road that looked quite rough, we continued driving a bit further to a dirt road (a large construction truck is parked there)—take that dirt road, then turn right at the power lines. completely possible with 2WD as long as it’s dry. the hot springs were awesome! the one that is heart shaped is much cleaner than the other. a really fun find in the middle of “nowhere”! the starriest sky we’ve seen in a while, heard some hoofed animals walking at night and coyotes.

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Soaked in heart shaped tub, which was -102 degrees. Oval tub was warm, not hot. No other visitors! Last 1/2 mile of power line road was rough but mostly dry and made the drive in our 2 WD sprinter.

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We just got here and the water was not hot enough. it's 34 degrees outside and the water is lukewarm!

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Beautiful and quiet spot. Soaked in the heart tub in the late afternoon and we had the place completely to ourselves! The road was dry on the way in and it is rutted the closer you get to the springs. We didn’t have any trouble driving our 170 2 WD Sprinter here.

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3 bar road right at electric wires and down.
Snow on the ground water warm enough.
Road got kinda gnarly last 2 miles 4x4 needed when wet no doubt.

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I couldn’t find the springs at night using Google Maps and camped nearby on Three Bars road, but maps.me in the morning was pretty straightforward.

Muddy indeed, I made it in a Subaru Outback.

I stopped at the first, smaller pool. The tub was not very hot, so I ended up soaking in the smaller, slightly dirtier, square tub that was feeding the other one.

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Road has gotten pretty rutted up from people driving through when it’s wet. High clearance recommended!

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Great spot! Yes, VERY MUDDY.

Got in after dark and snow storms. Mud was firming up enough for us to get in with Subaru Outback and all terrain tires- but definitely slippery. Experience and confidence driving a rutted, mud puddle road is a plus.

Pools were hot and fabulous for sunrise!

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Almost impossible to get to the heart spring without getting muddy. It’s also hard to tell the ankle deep mud from the not so bad mud. Not very many level places to park if you’re sleeping in your rig either. Otherwise it’s pretty awesome. Any car can make it close if you’re a confident driver and it’s NOT muddy. There are ruts coming in but they are avoidable.

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Great spot, very quiet.
Water was about 101

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Great hot spring and there are flat spots just up the hill past the tub. Road in was very muddy especially closer to the springs but we made it in our 4x4 Sprinter.

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Good road until you get close to the springs. It was very muddy. We felt lucky to get turned around with 4x4 and left. Some people were soaking in the springs when it was 38 degrees outside so the temp must have been okay.

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Interesting spot we checked out. Wild camping in dry months would be quite reasonable but in January it was an animal poop covered mud bugging terrain.

There are two tub with natural hot spring water and lots of space to camp.

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