SHUFFLING from one bare foot to the other, I wriggled into my swimsuit, ready to plunge into the pool at a remote, off-the-grid bathhouse. Outside, steam wafted from the surface, and bathers squealed with delight as they eased into a pool fed by a 112-degree natural spring coming off the rocks of a limestone cliff. The day — with uninterrupted blue sky and abundant sunshine beaming down on us — was unseasonably warm: It was 20 degrees.

It was January, and I was working up the nerve to take my first dip into Granite Hot Springs Swimming Pool, in the Gros Ventre Mountains south of Jackson, Wyo. Nestled in the Bridger-Teton National Forest at the end of a 10-mile trail, the pool is open year round, except for a few weeks in fall and spring. The 50-by-50-foot concrete pool, built into the mountainside at an altitude of 7,000 feet by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, has evolved into an ideal wintertime destination.

Though Granite is one of many hot springs in the American West, it is the only one of its kind near Jackson Hole. With only 20,000 visitors a year — most during the summer — many winter guests find that the pool is a rejuvenating way to break up a ski vacation. For some, it’s even the main event.  Read more>>>