Mercey Hot Springs is located in a remote corner of Fresno County. The nearest town is Los Banos, 35 miles from the resort. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax and rejuvenate, Mercey Hot Springs is it.
Mercey Hot Springs was originally a sheep ranch along the stagecoach route to New Idria. In the early 1900s, the property was sold to San Francisco real estate developer. A hotel and cabins were built. And soaking tubs were added so guests could relax in the hot mineral water. Over the years the hot springs changed ownership several times and fell into disrepair.
The current property owners took over the facility in 1995. They have been on a mission to update and improve the hot springs resort ever since then.
Mercey Hot Springs Resort still retains its charm but just about everything has been updated or replaced. The pool once filled with mud is now a sparkling gem heated with mineral water. The resort’s cabins have been refurbished and are comfortable and clean. The main attraction here, as it always was, is the is the natural hot mineral water. So if you are looking for an off the grid adventure with some of the comforts of home check out Mercey Hot Springs Resort.
Visiting Mercey Hot Springs
Day trippers can buy a ½ day (4 hours) or full day pass. For longer visits, the resort offers six one room cabins equipped double beds, ceiling fans, and a fireplace. For a little more room Mercey Hot Springs 2 airstream trailers. The trailers have the added benefit of private restrooms (cabins share a bathroom area) and air conditioning. Mercey Hot Springs also has a small cottage that can be rented out.
For guests that like to camp, there are both RV and tent campsites at the resort. All overnight guests have use of outdoor hot tubs, sauna and swimming pool.
The Hot Springs
No natural rock pools here. All soaking is done in tubs that you fill up before using them. There are both indoor and outdoor tubs. One area is fenced off and is clothing optional. The balance of the facility is family-friendly.
Hot natural spring water bubbles out of the ground at about 110 degrees here. By the time it gets to the soaking tubs it drops down to about 104. The resort swimming pool is kept at a comfortable 85 degrees. The water in the tubs and pool are mineral heavy and there is a slight sulfur smell. But this a hot springs resort.
Weekend Activities Guide
Bring Your Own Food
Currently, you have to bring your own food There is no restaurant at the resort. You can purchase healthy snacks and beverages at the front desk. Dining out requires a 35 mile trip to Los Banos. The resort’s website has a handy list of items to bring along on your trip to the hot springs. Make a checklist before you leave. It’s a long drive if you forget something.
Good- Very clean and comfortable. Soaking in the hot tubs is rejuvenating. Swimming in the pool is relaxing. A great place to get away from it all.
Good to know – Mercey Hot Springs is way out in the middle of nowhere. No cell phone service. Limited free Wi-Fi. No restaurant. No pets, No smoking on the property.
Mercey Hot Springs 62964 Little Panoche Rd, Firebaugh, CA 93622 Visit www.merceyhotsprings.com for more information and reservations.
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