The natural hot springs at the heart of our property produce some of the warmest water from a non-volcanic active source on earth. Minerals dissolve into the water, which is a secret to the healing energy that has drawn people for generations.
In the beginning, indigenous people journeyed to the waters for medicinal purposes. The arrival of the railroad southeast of Wickenburg soon brought promise and a new interest in the springs. Arizona entrepreneur Frank M. Murphy purchased the property to capitalize on the health benefits of the water and the desert environment. Bringing history to herald Castle Hot Springs as Arizona's first health resort.
The first guests to the resort had to endure a difficult five-hour stagecoach ride to reach the springs. The journey was made easier in 1898 when the first train depot was built nearby, followed by the first bus service ten years later. Today, the location resort remains secluded. Guests can arrive by high-profile vehicle as there is 7-miles of maintained, dirt road, or schedule transfer service by SUV or to enhance the journey - by helicopter.
At the turn of the 20th century, throngs of people continued moving west, many for their health. These intrepid travelers sought the rejuvenating springs, and news of the healing waters spread. American master artist, Maxfield Parrish's stayed in the winter of 1901-1902. The Arizona terrain is said to have influenced his iconic skies.
Celebrities and dignitaries from around the world found their way to the health-giving waters of Castle Hot Springs. The guest register includes magnets of industry like the Rockefeller and the Pew families plus the Vanderbilts and Astors. President Theodore Roosevelt stayed at the resort during the dedication of the Roosevelt Dam. In the 1940's the resort was used as a military rehabilitation center to treat veterans wounded during World War II. One famous soldier who rested at Castle Hot Springs was future president John F. Kennedy.
In 1976 a fire broke out in the Palm House, destroying the beautiful building that had become a symbol of the resort. The building known as the Wrigley Cottage was caught in another fire in 1996, and a few years later, most of the remaining buildings were torn down. Today, the Lodge embodies the original Palm House and includes our award winning restaurant, Harvest and a gathering bar - complete with an expansive outdoor terrace, plus a front desk key rack displayed as it was in the early days.
The property changed ownership a few more times before being purchased in 2014 by a local Arizonan philanthropic couple with a passion for the Resort’s history and a vision for the future. They are committed to Castle Hot Springs, honoring the legacy of this unique property and offering genuine hospitality at this desert hideaway. Much like the mythical Phoenix that emerges to start a new long life, Castle Hot Springs has returned to deliver wellness and privacy with attentive service, in a verdant desert oasis.
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