A Granite Hot Springs Guide from a Local

Let me tell you everything you need to know before going to the beautiful Granite Hot Springs!

Granite Hot Springs is one of our favorite places to camp, as well as enjoy with our kids!

The water isn’t too hot, and is contained in a man made pool. This means no currents or rocky areas to worry about with the littles!

Not only is the water amazing, but the scenery is beautiful! There are trees behind you, and the walk to the hot spring itself is beautiful!

If you plan on camping, there tons of sites to choose from!

While there is an established campground, the “primitive camps” that are on the way to the hot springs are spacious and extremely private.

Granite Hot Springs is a local favorite, and a must see if you are staying in Jackson!

Related: Don’t forget to check out Grand Teton National PArk nearby – here are the 6 most beautiful hikes that anyone can do in Grand Teton National Park!

I want to give you a few tips about this beautiful spot so that you can enjoy it too!

If you're visiting Jackson WY and want to do something out of Grand Teton National Park, consider Granite Hot Springs! It is beautiful, and a perfect place for the family and kids!
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Directions to Granite Hot Springs

Granite Hot Springs is located in the Hoback Canyon, 12 miles after the turn at the Hoback Junction. (More info here)

Turn at the marked dirt road, and you’ll drive for around 9 miles to the hot springs.

While it is bumpy, it’s a beautiful drive!

In one area, you can see the clear water of Granite Creek coming together with the typically Muddy Waters of the Hoback Canon – it look’s awesome!

Hours of Operation for Summer and Winter

The summer season is as follows

Around May 20th and ends Oct 1st, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Call ahead though to make sure spring run off hasn’t ruined the roads and delayed opening

The winter season is as follows

Around December 6th to April 1st, 10:00 AM to 4:00PM

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During winter, you can only get to granite by skiing, snowmobiling, dog sled or fat bike.

Camping at Granite Hot Springs (In the established campground)

The campground opens Memorial Day Weekend and closes late September

There are a ton of sites (51!) but they are first come first serve. 

Obviously, the weekends are busiest, so plan to come early!

There are no hook ups, but basics like drink water, a fire pit, picnic table and some vault toilets are provided.

The fee is 15.00, but if you can’t find a spot I DEFINITELY recommend finding somewhere free to camp along the way to the hot springs!

There are quite a few “primitive” camp sites off the side of the road that are way more private and awesome, and best of all, free!

Some of them are a little gnarly to get into, so just be aware of that if you have a low riding RV or camper like we do.

granite hot springs campground information and primitive camping options
This campground was on the way to granite hot springs, and was way roomier than the actual campground! We always opt to camp this way!

The temperature averages for the hot springs

We have brought all our 3 under 3 in the pool, and they love it!

In summer it isn’t as hot due to snow melt off, so it’s mild enough for any age child.

FYI, the temperature is much cooler at the start of the season (some says it’s not even “warm” and are quite disappointed) and hovers between 90 and 94 degrees most of the summer.

There is a spot where the water comes in that is a lot warmer, but it’s a super small area that is often full of people anyways.

If you are visiting during winter, you can expect the water to be much hotter (108 degrees Fahrenheit during winter!)

tripadvisor picture of granite hot springs during winter
While I haven’t been to Granite Hot Springs during winter, this looks amazing!

Don’t forget to check out the amazing waterfall on the way in/out!

This was possibly the best part, especially if hot springs during a hot summer aren’t your thing.

There is a short (though somewhat steep) trail to the nearby waterfall, and you can literally walk right in front of it!

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A build up of logs and rocks at the bottom of the waterfall created an amazing spot to enjoy mist, and slowed the water so that babies and toddlers can splash around!

The waterfall that is on the way to granite hot springs was stunning. It was a great place to let the kids out to splash and play, and the mist cools you off on hot summer days!
I definitely needed this cool off after a weekend of camping in the middle of summer!

A couple notes about facility services at Granite

Keep in mind, this beautiful spot is in the MOUNTAINS that was built in the 1930s!

That means a lot of things are limited, including food and phone service.

I love it though because it’s a great way to disconnect!

The only form of payment accepted is cash (but it’s cheap!)

I know, kind of a bummer.. but honestly, it’s just a good idea to carry cash while traveling.

At the time of this writing, the prices are as follows

8 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for kids

I know they probably get tired of telling people cash only… but people don’t really carry cash anymore!

There are changing rooms and bathrooms on site

This is especially nice during the start and end of the season so that you don’t have to walk to your car wet!

It’s also important to know that there are no towels or floaties available or for sale here!

Bring everything you need, and if you have kids or a lot of stuff, consider a small stroller as the walk from parking to the hot springs is a little bit long with tons of things!

There’s no food sold at Granite Hot Springs, but there are beautiful picnic spots

These guys could make a killing selling some food here, but unfortunately, that’s not the case!

Be aware that there is no wi-fi, and extremely limited cell service

You may not even get service till you hit the Hoback Junction, so make sure to text or call everyone you need to before you get there!

The pool is not handicapped accessible

This pool was built in the 1930s, so expect some very basic buildings and amenities!

Drinking is not allowed in the hot springs

Even though a beer would be amazing, they are quite strict about having no alcoholic beverages in the pool.

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Now that you “Know Before You Go” I hope you enjoy your experience at the hot springs!

Let me know of any tips I missed!

I hope you enjoy all aspects of this beautiful area – from the waterfalls, the camping, and the views all along the drive!

P.S. If you’re looking for more beautiful spots in the area, you have got to see the beautiful String Lake in Grand Teton National Park! Check out EVERYTHING you need to know here!

granite hot springs walk from the parking lot
The walk from the parking lot to the hot springs is enough to bring a stroller if you have a ton of things. But it is BEAUTIFUL!

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