The Backcountry Hot Tub

Scott Webb Headshot
photo of people in a backcountry hot tub by a lake
photo of a hot tub in the woods photo of children in a small backyard vinyl-sided hot tub

I built a backcountry hot tub once. We dug a hole next to a water source, lined the hole with our tent tarp, and dug a canal to bring in water. Then we heated rocks on a bonfire, poked them onto a travois made of tree limbs, and dumped them into the water. That actually worked pretty well, but the Nomad collapsible hot tub is a lot easier to set up.

This 225-gallon vinyl-sided pleasure vessel is 5 feet in diameter and 2 feet high (plenty of room for people who are already sharing tent space) and packs down into a 16-inch-square dry bag plus frame poles. It’s up and ready in no time.

You can figure out a clever hot water delivery system like we did, or bring the recommended Honda WX10 lightweight portable pump (sold separately) and fill the thing in 10 minutes from a handy stream or lake. The Nomad’s shiny heater coil unit quickly raises the water temp to something steamy, and that’s all there is to it. You’re soaking in the backcountry!

Page 1 of 155
Next Page
Buyer's Guide
Find manufacturers and suppliers in the most extensive searchable database in the industry.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide
Content Library
Dig through our best stories from the magazine, all sorted by category for easy surfing.
Read More
Content Library