California’s Eastern Sierra region offers adventurous travelers numerous opportunities to soak and soothe the senses. Hot mineral water pools can be found in the upper Owens Valley all the way to Bridgeport. Many primitive natural hot springs are located off Highway 395 and are maintained by locals.
Northern California Hot Springs
The hot mineral water that fills hot ditch pools drains from Keough’s Hot Springs Resort. Hot Ditch is a series of pools made by rock dams across a creek. Water temperature runs about 80- 90 degrees perfect for a relaxing dip.
Keough’s Hot Springs Resort was established in 1919 and is home to largest natural hot springs pool in the Eastern Sierra. A day at the resort costs ten bucks, taking a dip in the Hot Ditch pools is free. If you are traveling with family we recommend using the resort facilities for your hot springs experience.
Keough’s Hot Springs is located 8 miles North of Big Pine along Highway 395 7 miles South of Bishop.
Mammoth Hot Creek
Mammoth Hot Creek Geologic Site. Swimming and bathing here are not advised, however, many people do. There is a mix of cool creek water and boiling pools. The trick is to find a balance between the two. Some of the hot springs here are hot enough to cause severe burns, caution is advised. The Hot Creek Geologic Site is an interesting place to visit even if you don’t take a dip.
Mammoth Hot Creek Geologic Site is three miles south of Mammoth Junction on US 395. Exit Airport Road and drive past the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery to the parking lot. There is a trail down to the creek.
Crowly Hot Spring (Wild Willy’s)
Located only a few miles from Mammoth Lakes is Crowly Hot Springs also known as Wild Willy’s. This hot mineral pool flows at about 103 degrees year round and can hold large groups. Clothing optional is the rule here like many other hot springs in the area. There are two pools here the larger one in the picture and a smaller one further down the creek.
Directions to Wild Willy’s hot springs. From US 395 exit on Benton Crossing Road. Drive a little over two miles until you cross over two cattle guards. Turn right after the 2nd cattle guard and follow the road. Drive about a mile to the parking area. Follow the wood boardwalk to the mineral pools.
Pulkey’s Pool Hot Springs
Hilltop is a popular concrete tub fed by a hot spring near Mammoth Lakes. Due to its location, only steps from Benton Crossing Road chance are you will not be alone here for very long. Pool temperature hovers around 110 degrees. The best part about Hilltop (Pulkey’s Pool) Hot Springs is the amazing view of the Sierra mountains.
Directions to Hilltop hot spring from Mammoth Lakes. South on US 395. Right on Benton Crossing Road. Just under three miles the Hot Springs will be visible on the left side of the road. A dirt road leads to a small parking area. There are several other hot springs nearby in Shepherd Hot Spring.
Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, CA
Travertine Hot Springs mineral water flows down a rock face into several pools. The temperature of the water varies from about 110 degrees to about 90. The hot springs can be found just off Highway 395 before you enter the town of Bridgeport. You can drive to within about a few hundred feet of the hot springs so this place is very popular.
Travertine Hot Springs offers an amazing view of the Sierra Mountains as you soak. There is a smaller concrete pool next to the parking area, but this one is extremely hot so it’s best to soak in the larger pools.
Directions to Travertine Hot Springs. Take the road behind the ranger station south of Bridgeport off 395. Follow the road for just over a mile to the parking area that has a portable toilet. Hot Springs are just a short walk.
Buckeye Hot Springs Bridgeport
Buckeye Hot Spring is located North of Bridgeport near Twin Lakes Resort. This wonderful hot springs pool is on the bank of Buckeye Creek separated from the creek by a rock dam. Hot mineral water flows over a cliff and drops into the pool.
This hot spring is on federal land and clothing is optional. Don’t be surprised to see skinny dippers at Buckeye Hot Spring. There are several pools each with its own temperature, but none is too hot. The trail down Buckeye Hot Spring is steep and slippery, but the effort is well worth it.
Directions Buckeye Hot Springs. From north Bridgeport, exit 395 to Twin Lakes Road. Travel 7 miles and turn right onto Buckeye Campground road. At the top of the hill, there is a parking area. Follow the trail to the hot springs.
Benton Hot Springs, a former stagecoach stop is a home to the Benton Springs Inn. At one time, Benton had a population of around 5,000 and was a stop on the Carson and Colorado Railroad.
Today the town only has a few residents, but visitors still come to this remote town to soak in the hot mineral water tubs. The Inn at Benton Hot Springs features 10 Camping Sites with hot tubs. The Inn also offers rooms and a two bedroom cottage for guests. All tubs are clothing optional.
Guests staying at one of the rooms at the Inn share three private outdoor soaking tubs and enjoy a hearty breakfast.
Benton Hot Springs is located 31 miles north of Bishop on Highway 6.
Crab Cooker Hot Springs
Crab Cooker Hot Springs Tub is located in the same area as Shepard’s Hot Springs and Wild Willy’s. All of these hot springs are located near Little Alkali Lake off Benton Crossing Road from Highway 395 near Mammoth Lakes Airport.
Water temperatures run around 100 degrees in crab cooker since it is fed by pipes that run from the source. This allows the mineral water to cool down before flowing into the tubs. Crab Cooker water is controlled by an inlet valve and a drain plug.
Crab Cooker can hold about four persons so if you see the tub is occupied you might want to try one of the other nearby hot springs.
Mono Hots Springs is located in the Sierra National Forest, northeast of Fresno. Natural Hot Springs dot the area. The two most popular places to soak Old Pedro and Iodine Spring are within an easy walk of the resort. These concrete line pools average about 100 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
Mercey Hot Springs has been in operation since the 1930s. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Fresno County this historic resort offers a chance to soak in tubs filled with natural mineral water. Day passes are available for a quick soak. For longer visits, guests can rent a cabin or stay at the campground. RV and tent camping are allowed.
Southern California Natural Hot Springs
Deep Creek is a popular skinny dipping destination in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. A moderate two-mile hike takes you to one of the most amazing hot springs in California. There are five hot pools located adjacent to and in the rocks above the creek. Nude bathing is the norm here with some visitors taken the extra step to hike to the springs in the nude. Deep Creek Hot Springs is day use only, no camping is allowed here.
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Warm Springs is located in a remote region of Death Valley National Park. The closest paved roads are 50 miles from the hot springs. For travels that brave the desert to reach the Saline Valley they are rewarded by one of the most amazing places to soak in hot mineral springs.
Remington Hot Springs Kern River
Remington Hot Springs are located along the Kern River at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada range. The hot springs are managed by locals who do their best to keep the place clean however some people leave a mess.
Remington Natural Hot Springs are very popular if you see the parking lot full you will have to wait for a dip. Do not leave any valuables in your car especially if you visit in the evening.
You can soak in the hot tubs and enjoy the amazing view of the Kern River. Remington Hot Springs are located near hobo campground along Kern River Canyon Road.
If you are looking for a place so soak in hot mineral water but do no want to venture off the beaten path then Glen Ivy is the place for you.
One of the most popular attractions at Glen Ivy is Club Mud. Cover yourself with mud, allow it to dry, rinse off, and enjoy how smooth and soft your skin feels after the treatment.
A day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs can get expensive, but you are worth it.
Tecopa Hot Springs spring water will leave your skin smooth and refreshed after a long day of hiking.
Public natural hot springs along with a couple of older spas that charge a day fee can be found at Tecopa. Nude dipping is the norm here.
This relaxed spa town supplied with abundant streams of hot mineral water that are piped to the surface to fill the pools and tubs of hotels and spa resorts. is a perfect getaway for a day or weekend getaway. Desert Hot Springs is a great place to escape the city and soak in hot mineral water. Most spas offer day passes for a quick dip.
Sycamore Springs is located along the California Central Coast in the town of Avila Beach. Developed Natural Hot Springs where guest can rent a hillside hot tub by the hour or stay overnight at the resort and enjoy a private balcony with a mineral water hot tub.
Nevada Hot Springs
Spencer Natural Hot Springs Nevada
Spencer Natural Hot Springs is located about 20 miles from Austin Nevada. This hot spring is way out in the middle of nowhere so chances are you will not have to share the tubs with anyone except some wondering burros. These are sim-developed hot springs with the water being channeled into to what used to be livestock watering tanks. There are two sets of pools here. The source of the hot thermal water is caged off to prevent injuries from the scalding water. Always check the water temperature before entering any hot spring.
Directions Spencer Hot Springs: from Austin Highway 50 East to 376 and turn right. Turn left when you see the Toquima Cave Sign. Follow the dirt road (NF-001) for about eight miles to Spencer Hot Springs Road. The hot springs are on the left. Camping is permitted here. Continue on (NF-001) to visit Toquima Cave.