Natural Rock Ponds
Valley View is probably best known for its all natural setting. With a short hike, visitors discover a variety of undeveloped hot springs. Naturally cleaned water is heated deep underground, pushed up, and bubbles up through gravel into rock-walled soaking ponds. Each is surrounded by native flora, frequented by wildlife, and far removed from manmade development.
A gentle hiking trail loops across the hillside connecting our sauna and pool area to the Soaking Pond, past the Waterfall Pond and Meadow Pond, finally back down to the Welcome Center. Altogether, the loop is ⅓ mile long.
More ambitious hikers will find a seperate established trail breaking off above the Soaking and Waterfall Ponds. This somewhat steeper ¼ mile hike eventually ends at our beautiful Top Ponds. Drawing a different mix of water, these higher springs sometimes produce much hotter waters.
As these ponds play an active role in our ecosystem, we urge visitors to please leave their delicate edges and flowing waters as is. Valley View’s nature is protected by a conservation easement held by the The Nature Conservancy.
Most of these ponds tend toward a comfortable “womb temperature” allowing for long, extended enjoyment. Occasionally however, some temperatures can grow nearly 8 degrees hotter... especially up top. This gradual process is a natural phenomenon driven mostly by the amount of snow melt mixing in.
Many guests say this is their favorite swimming pool in the world. The constant flow of fresh spring water keeps it clean, allowing a chlorine-free swimming and diving area. Although this is the "coolest" pool at Valley View, it remains comfortably warm all night.
Temperatures range from the mid-80's in winter to about 90°F in summer.
Apple Tree Pools
To regulate our hydroelectric power system, excess energy is used to constantly heat a tank of clean spring water. This hot water will soon flow through a cascading series of pools, each offering a variety of extra hot water.
One “kids” pool is fed.... At present we do our best to maintain a temperature between 101 and 108°F.
Renowned as one of the world's most unique saunas, our (hydro)electric sauna is built around a basin of fresh, cool water. It is powered entirely by hydroelectric energy and can be enjoyed wet or dry [[during warmer months]].