Last Updated on September 15, 2023

After a long, hot, sweaty summer, now is the time to start planning your fall retreat. Whether looking for desert adventures or restful wellness activities, Arizona’s 1,100-acre adults-only luxury desert oasis, Castle Hot Springs, is the idyllic autumn resort destination for anyone in search of a much-needed nature-driven getaway.

Tucked against the Bradshaw Mountains in the heart of the Sonoran Desert 50 miles northwest of Phoenix, this off-the-grid resort embodies the best of the Great Outdoors with Arizona beauty and bountiful restorative opportunities that are best experienced during the Fall months when temperatures begin to cool. From majestic hikes overlooking splendid vistas to educational farm tours, travelers can unwind in this tranquil desert oasis during the most pleasant time of the year.

Nature-Inspired Accommodations

With temperatures cooling across the Southwest in September and October, the Fall weather at Castle Hot Springs is a perfect extension of that carefree summer feeling without the heat. Named Travel + Leisure’s #1 Resort in Arizona for the second consecutive year, the property is comprised of only 30 cabins & bungalows, built with the intention of immersing guests within their surrounding environment at every moment. 

Accommodations include Sky View Cabins that are perfectly positioned for stargazing and private Spring Bungalows that feature outdoor tubs with mineral water sourced directly from the springs. A Fall stay at the resort becomes an immersive experience while soaking in the natural hot springs cupped in a stone bowl at the foot of the mountains in the cool desert evening. The heated water is rich with healing minerals, granting guests the opportunity with the simple act of doing nothing.

Castle Hot Springs room from above.
Castle Hot Springs room from above. Photo courtesy of Castle Hot Springs.

NEW: Sensory Reset in the Crisp Sonoran Desert

New this season, Castle Hot Springs will be offering Yoga and Wellness Retreats through Winter 2024. These bespoke experiences are an extension of the resort’s deep-rooted wellness ethos, which can be seen from the plethora of outdoor adventures to its innovative culinary program. 

NEW: Castle Hot Springs Stargazing Events: September 16, October 7, 2023

As travelers continue to search for experiences in the Great Outdoors, Castle Hot Springs is granting guests the unique opportunity to gaze at the star-studded night sky in the reclusive dark sky canyon with a guided astronomer through a powerful telescope presentation on September 16, 2023 and October 7, 2023. A spectacle to experience only in Arizona, participants can view the vastness of bright clouds in the Milky Way Galaxy, Saturn’s infamous rings, and the Andromeda Galaxy, and even immerse into a celestial experience by floating in natural hot springs surrounded by the surreal flow of the Sonoran Desert.

Reservations can be made online HERE.

Fall Flavoring Farming-Driven Culinary Excellence

Guests can join Castle Hot Springs’ team of agronomists (‘Flavor Farmers’) on a tour of the resort’s organic farm. More than 150 crops are cultivated throughout the year, and the tour includes insights into the farm’s sustainable growing practices, unique ecosystem, and new flower garden including edible varieties. Dozens of delicious crops harvest in the Fall around November including okra, peppers, eggplant, hibiscus, and citrus fruit varieties, where guests can learn about each of them — including taste tests! — and the ways they’ll be used in menus throughout the year.

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