Buckeye Hot Springs - California

Buckeye Hot Springs is scenic hot springs on the river bank
Features three pools, a natural travertine grotto, and waterfalls

The geothermal wonder Buckeye Hot Springs is scenic hot springs on the northern bank of Buckeye Creek within the Toiyabe National Forest.

The hot springs area consists of three pools surrounded by rocks, a natural travertine grotto, and hot waterfalls cascading over the cave. All of those and beautiful views of the rushing river provide an unforgettable soaking experience.

The geothermal water emerges at 140°F from the hillside just above the pools. The water cools quickly as it runs downhill. The temperature of the pools ranges between 90°F and 110°F and can be adjusted by allowing more or less of the creek water to flow into the pools.

Use caution and wear sturdy shoes when walking downhill. The short trail is moderately steep and can be slippery.

For those who are less inclined to hike down, there are pools built on the hillside fed by hot water from the source located near the parking area. The temperature of those pools ranges from 90°F to 100°F.

Buckeye Hot Springs is a popular location and might be crowded on weekends and holidays.

Buckeye Hot Springs - California
Lower pools
Buckeye Hot Springs - Upper Pools
Upper Pools
Buckeye Hot Springs
Buckeye Hot Springs - Grotto

Places to Stay Near Buckeye Hot Springs

Buckeye Campground, managed by the US Forest Service is just a mile west from the springs. It is commonly open during the warmer months from late May to late September. There are 68 single sites and allowances for camping trailers up to 35 feet. No reservation is required. There are picnic tables, flush and vault toilets, and no drinkable water.

Affordable lodging and vacation rentals are available in Bridgeport, 10 miles away.

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Bridgeport

Lodging in Bridgeport and nearby

Buckeye Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 10.4 miles southwest of Bridgeport • California • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Undeveloped
Clothing: Optional
Amenities: None
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: A high-clearance vehicle is recommended; in winter the road is covered with snow
Day-use fees: None
Managed by: US Forest Service

Elevation: 6,900 ft (2,103 m)

Water T° (source): 140°F (60°C)
Water T° (pools): 90-110°F (32-43°C)
Water acidity level: Neutral (pH=7.33)
Springs type: Sodium Bicarbonate and Sodium Sulfate
Flow rate: 400 l/min
Chemical used: None

Average dissolved solids: 1,234 Mg/L


Sodium (Na) - 310 Mg/L
Calcium (Ca) - 22 Mg/L
Potassium (K) - 10 Mg/L
Magnesium - 4.2 Mg/L
Boron (B) - 1.1 Mg/L
Lithium (Li) - 0.84 Mg/L


Bicarbonate (HCO3) - 429 Mg/L
Sulfate (SO4) - 340 Mg/L
Chloride (Cl) - 28 Mg/L
Silica (SiO2) - 77 Mg/L
Fluoride (F) - 9.2 Mg/L

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Directions to Buckeye Hot Springs

From Highway 395 at the northern end of Bridgeport,

  • Turn south onto Twin Lakes Road and follow 7.2 miles to Buckeye Road
  • Turn right onto dirt Buckeye Road at Doc and Al's Resort and travel 2.8 miles towards Buckeye Campground
  • After crossing Buckeye Creek, bear right and continue 0.4 miles to a parking area on the right.

GPS: N 38°14.355' W 119°19.533' | 38.239250, -119.325550

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