Welcome to greatsoaks.com, a joint project by Paul S. and Paul V.

What you're looking at is the original site. Consider it a placeholder for now. We're hard at work on a brand new site that will be filled with great soaks, soaking stories, photos, video and our own completely biased opinions. We also hope to have an area where you can contribute your photos, stories and comments. So enjoy this material for now, and come back soon for the new stuff.

Almost all of the geothermal activity in the United States occurs West of the Rocky Mountains, at least all of the fun geothermal activity. Which means that, if you're really lucky or really persistent, you can end up in the middle of some heartbreakingly beautiful valley or expanse of desert, having just driven twenty miles down a dirt road, standing in front of a hole in the ground full of hot water and pulling your clothes off as quickly as you can so that you can slide in. My friend Paul, who first turned me on to hot springs, warned me that it would feel strange the first time, that I would feel really weird, but that once I slid in and began to soak, it would all make sense. He was right.

What follows are some hot springs from my travels. Just some photos and a few words about each spring. As with all members of the soaking culture, I'm slightly torn between wanting to spread the word - to return the favor that was done to me - and to keep these incredible places - sacred to the Native Americans - private. I guess I want to spread the word. Please feel free to email me if you have any interest in hot springs.

One quick disclaimer, as well: Hot Springs can be dangerous. Please be careful around them and always test the waters before you go in. If you don't feel safe, don't get in. It is up to you to be responsible and to learn about the safety of traveling to and soaking in hot springs.

Click on a state to sample some of its hot springs.

Happy soaking!