It’s rare to find a national park that has hot springs that are open to the public for soaking, which is what makes Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort so unique. If you find yourself in Olympic National Park, consider staying at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort located in Olympic National Park’s northern forest. It provides access to several natural hot mineral pools for soaking your stress away and hiking trails depart directly into the lush Sol Duc Valley.
The resort includes 32 cabins that sleep up to four and 17 RV sites, a spa for massage therapy, the Springs Restaurant, gift shop and small grocery store. It’s open late March to late October, but check the website or call ahead to confirm exact open and closing dates. If the park entrance fee station is closed, you can pay your entrance fee at the resort.
The hot springs can be a welcome relief if you have been out all day in the rain or if you just want to relax your muscles from a strenuous hike. There are three mineral hot springs and one freshwater pool at the resort. The small mineral wading pool is between 6-8 feet deep and its temperature is about 99F. The medium-sized mineral pool is 3 feet deep, and its temperature hovers at 104F. The larger mineral fountain pool is 3 feet deep and stays at 101F. It is wheelchair accessible. Lastly, the freshwater pool, which also is wheelchair accessible and is 3 feet deep, has a variable temperature that can be as low as 50F and as high as 85F, depending on the time of year. Each mineral pool is emptied, cleaned and refilled each night.
In 2017, the hot springs pool hours are the following. During the spring season, the resort pools are open March 24-May 25 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the summer, which runs from May 26 through Sept. 3, the pools are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In fall, which runs from Sept. 4 to Oct. 29, visitors can go to the pools from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The resort closes for the winter on Oct. 30 and does not open until late March. Every day, though, the resort shuts down each pool for an hour to test the water. The closures are staggered and take place at lunch time and early evening. You can check with the resort to confirm the exact times the pools will shut down.
It costs $15 per adult and $10 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free but have limited pool access. The resort offers discounted rates to senior citizens, those in the military and for groups.
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