The Sulfur Valley Recreation Area (硫磺谷遊憩區) is a picturesque volcanic landscape in Yangmingshan National Park and an excellent diversion or break spot for those exploring the park. Featuring stone paths around volcanic rocks, sulfuric hot spring vents and various other volcanic activity, it’s also not too taxing on the legs. While not as famous as the Beitou Thermal Valley, it’s much larger and more impressive to look at, so worth the extra effort to get there. The Sulfur Valley Recreation Area is actually the source of much of the hot spring used in Beitou and around Yangmingshan.
Once you get in there is a handy tourist map showing the places to check out. Highlights suggested on the map include the scenic lookout points, with spectacular views over the volcanic activity, as well as icons showing where all the hot spring outcrops are. There is a free foot bath on the south end of the recreation area too. It gets super busy on weekends, to the point it may not be possible to find a space, but other times of the week it’s a pleasant way to soothe your feet after a walk or hike around.
Time required: 20-30 minutes
How to get there
From Beitou Station on the Taipei Metro’s red line, take the S9 bus to Mituo Temple (20 minutes, NT$15). The S22 stops nearby, but requires a further 10 minutes on foot to reach the Sulfur Valley. Once you get to the top of the valley trail, you’ll end up at the Longfenggu Visitor Center, which also has plenty of bus connections.
Alternatively, you could walk up Quanyuan Road from Beitou, which would take 20 to 30 minutes depending on where you start in the hot spring town, such as the Beitou Thermal Valley.
There is a parking lot on the south end if you are driving here.
Hours and fees
Hours: 24 hours