[Homemade-looking] Essence of Tranquility

Do you know a hot spring with a philosophical name, “Essence of Tranquility?”

It is two hours’ drive from Tucson.

Then I encountered the homemade-looking spot.

Visiting Tucson

Mission San Xavier del Bac is over400 years old.


The right side of  tower is damaged because of  conflicts with American Indians (Apache).

It represents us the complex history of this area. 

Appearance like Private House

The camping ground’s entrance is so modest and you may pass over it if not for prior information.


The rate is $8  for 1-hour soak.

First, I found a common pool where bathing suits are required.

Open-air bath

It was not so an open space located against the wall.

At the same time, I got excited when I saw plenty of water being poured into the tub.

Homemade-looking private baths

There are five private bathrooms.

You can freely choose your favorite rooms, although they all look like humble shacks.

Here is a private bath probably inspired by an ancient Roman bath.

The water is not so characteristic, and its temperature is around body heat.

Roman Bath

It is totally homemade-looking, even though you can find a lot of effort not to create a closed space using the signature wallpaper.

Soaking in the water, I was thinking about the meaning of the proverb, “Rome was not built in a day.”

Meanwhile I liked this cave bathroom.

Cave Bathroom

Plenty of water is poured into the tub from a high position, and you will hear sound of water in the dark and small shack.

When I looked up, there was sunshine thrown from zinc roof’s cracks.

I found “essence of tranquility” existed in such natural atmosphere, rather than in sophisticated air.


😆 Pros

You can freely choose favorite private tubs, with moderate water temperature

😥 Cons

It is hard to say the place is sophisticated and would be widely accepted

Essence of Tranquility, Safford, Arizona, USA
Walk-in YES
Lodging YES
Official Website YES

Related hot springs

I associate this place with homemade-looking hot springs.

Misogi No Yu

Misogi No Yu, Eiwa Onsen, Aichi, Japan

Here is a hot spring maintained by a cult religion.

Basically it is only for the believers, but you can easily use it, if you pay only 200 yen for “offering.”

I think it provides the best quality of water in Aichi, where there are few hot springs, so that you may get the help of God.

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