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History of Healing

Castle Hot Springs is an historical icon, nestled in a rugged and remote desert location. Virtually abandoned for almost 40 years, this natural gem in the Bradshaw Mountains continued to produce healing thermal waters even while the resort property itself was empty and uncared for.

Determined to return the Springs to its past glory and elevate the experience to levels never before seen, a couple who are long time Phoenix area business owners have lovingly rebuilt an unmatched, end-to-end experience that dares to promise that visitors will leave better than they arrived. Through the curation of magical experiences, unparalleled hospitality, 5-star culinary offerings — combined with adventure, natural beauty, and the healing waters — we believe that promise is achievable.

The Springs are calling

The natural hot springs at the heart of our property issue the warmest water from a non-volcanically active source on earth. Minerals dissolve into the water differently from anywhere else. This is the secret behind the healing energy that has drawn people for generations.

The Beginning

In the beginning, the Yavapai people and subsequently the Apache people made pilgrimages to the waters for medicinal purposes. In the 1880s, the area and springs were purchased by Frank Murphy to create a sanitarium, capitalizing on the health benefits of the water and the desert environment.

Trekking to The Spring

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 resort remains secluded. Guests can arrive over a rugged seasonal road, or by helicopter.

A Westward Move

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.

Glitz and Glamour

Celebrities and dignitaries from around the world found their way to the health-giving waters of Castle Hot Springs including western writer Zane Grey, prominent families like the Vanderbilts, Astors, Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Wrigleys. 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, who spent three months recovering from wounds.

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Tragedy struck in 1976 when a fire broke out in the Palm House, destroying the beautiful building that had become a symbol of the resort. Since the nearest fire station was 40 miles away, fire trucks were unable to reach the property. The Wrigley Cottage was caught in another fire in 1996, and a few years later, most of the remaining buildings were torn down.

Phoenix Rising

The property exchanged ownership a few more times before being purchased in 2014 by local business owners Mike and Cindy Watts. They are committed to restoring Castle Hot Springs. With dreams of bringing old-world hospitality to this desert oasis, and reopening the springs for visitors to indulge in, Castle Hot Springs has been reborn. Rising out of the fires of the past, the new resort promises to offer an experience unlike any other.

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