Gary Spaniol Likes it Hot

Granite Hot Springs in Jackson Hole is a bucket list item for visitors. Meet the manager who oversees the iconic destination.
Originally from Oregon, Spaniol relishes his time managing the hot springs where he has access to the wilderness he loves. (Emily Cohen)

by | Apr 13, 2021 | Culture, People

Making the 10-mile trek to Granite Hot Springs from Highway 89 is a bucket list item for many visitors to Jackson Hole — and the folks living here. But while the springs are “hot” in both name and popularity, caretaker Gary Spaniol says “lukewarm” might be a more accurate description. 

The pool’s never warm enough for me… so I heat water. I have a six gallon water jug. I put all that boiling water in… And then when there’s nobody here, in my underwear, I walk down – and it’s seven below or whatever – and I get about a 10 minute shower.”

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About Emily Cohen

Emily has served as executive director of KHOL since June 2019. She has a background in ecological design and urban planning and has worked as a teacher on the US-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, as a policy wonk in Washington, DC and as a land use planner in Wyoming. She enjoys getting away from the operations side of radio to produce original stories about arts and culture in Jackson.

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