• Interactive California Hot Springs Map displays the best natural hot springs of the Golden State

California is one of the most diverse states in the U.S. in terms of landscapes, climate zones, flora, and fauna. The rugged Pacific Coast turns into the forested southern Cascades and the Sierra Nevada to the east. The woodland to the north turns into a harsh arid desert to the south. The Golden State is home to redwood forests with giant sequoias, snow-capped mountain peaks, Death Valley with the world record of the highest air temperature, and the Mojave Desert - the driest area in America.

Due to intensive volcanic and seismic activity, California has numerous hot springs on private and public lands. They differ noticeably from each other. Some locationsare wild and undeveloped with unclothed soakers, some are high-priced luxurious sanctuaries, and some are remote geothermal wonders.

California has more hot spring resorts than any other West Coast state, and those resorts are as diverse as the state itself. Besides the “soaking basics,” hot springs enthusiasts can add any number of activities on top: spa treatments, yoga, meditation, natural health workshops, mud baths, a blanket wrap, and a
massage. Here we will name a few of them.

There are two Hot Spring Spa Towns – Calistoga in Central California and Desert Hot Springs in Southeastern California. Both spa towns offer a variety of soaking choices, accommodations, and spa services.

Suppose you are looking for primitive hot springs in California. In that case, you can head east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where you will find a plethora of natural hot springs that are unspoiled and free. One such place is the Long Valley Caldera, an active geothermal area with numerous primitive hot
springs, such as Hilltop, Crab Cooker, Rock Tub, Little Hot Creek, Shepherd, and Crowley. Hot Creek Geothermal Site will be your destination if you want to observe the dramatic volcanic and seismic activity.

The comprehensive California Hot Springs Map displays the best natural hot springs throughout the state with locations, short overviews, pictures, videos, and links to the full descriptions.

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Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs

Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs

The book guides you to more than 100 of the best sites for soaking in the beauty of the region.

Hot Springs and Pools of the Southwest

Hot Springs and Pools of the Southwest

Detailed descriptions, directions, and photos of hundreds of hot springs and resorts in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and the Baja Peninsula.

Northern California

Applegate Hot Springs - Undeveloped, no soaking
Drakesbad Guest Ranch - Historic rustic resort, pool
Eagleville Hot Springs - Primitive pools
Glenn's Hot Springs (Seyferth) - Closed to the public
Hunt Hot Springs - Series of primitive pools
Kosk Creek Hot Springs - Rocky pool
Leonards Hot Springs - Closed to public.
Orr Hot Springs Resort - Historic resort, swimming and soaking pools
Sierra Hot Springs - Resort, pools, and private tubs
Stewart Mineral Springs - Rustic resort
Surprise Valley Hot Springs - Resort, tubs in each room
Vichy Springs Resort - Historic resort, Olympic-size swimming pool
West Valley Hot Springs - Primitive, closed to public access
West Valley Warm Springs - Undeveloped, no soaking
Wilburg Hot Springs - Historic resort, pools
Feather River (Woody's) Hot Springs - Rustic resort, cement tub

West Central California

Franklin Hot Springs - Primitive
Golden Heaven Hot Springs Spa and Resort - Resort, swimming pool and hot tub
Harbin Hot Springs - Historic resort, pools and hot tubs
Indian Springs - Resort, two swimming pools
Meadowlark Country House Resort - Resort, swimming pool, and hot tubs
Mercey Hot Springs - Rustic resort, swimming pool, and private tubs
Mono Hot Springs - Partially developed resort, small pool, bathhouse, series primitive pools along the San Joaquin River
Morton Warm Springs Resort - Summer time recreation facility, three pools
River Oaks Hot Springs Spa - Spa services, private tubs
Sykes Hot Springs - Spa and hotel, waterfall lagoon, and private tubs
Tassajara Hot Springs - Zen Buddhist monastery rustic retreat, a pool, soaking baths
Wilburg Hot Springs - Historic resort, pools

East Central California

Alkali Lake Hot Springs - Primitive, shallow tub
Benton Hot Springs - Historic rustic inn, hot tubs
Buckeye Hot Springs - Undeveloped, a few pools, and natural grotto
Carson River Hot Springs - Undeveloped
Crab Cooker Hot Springs - Primitive, small tub
Crowley (Wild Willy's) Hot Spring - Undeveloped, larger and smaller pools
Dirty Sock Hot Springs - Primitive, a concrete pool
Grover Hot Springs - Developed, swimming and soaking pools
Fales Hot Springs - Undeveloped
Hilltop (Pulky's Pool) Hot Springs - Primitive, small tub
Hot Creek Geothermal Area - Geothermal area, no soaking
Keough's (Bishop) Hot Springs - Developed, swimming and soaking pools
Keough Hot Springs Ditch - Undeveloped, primitive pools along the ditch
Little Hot Creek Hot Springs - Undeveloped, a hot creek, and primitive pool
Owens Valley Warm Springs - Undeveloped, a warm pond
Rock Tub Hot Springs - Primitive, small tub
Travertine Hot Springs - Undeveloped, a series of small pools
Saline Valley Hot Springs - Primitive, isolated series of hot springs
Shepherd Hot Springs - Primitive, small tub
Whitmore Pool - Large-size swimming pool

Southern California

Azure Palm Hot Springs - A luxury resort, swimming pool, jacuzzi pools, soaking tubs, himalayan salt room, and ice room
Agua Caliente Hot Springs - Regional Park, three pools
Bashford's Hot Mineral Spa - A RV resort, swimming pool, jacuzzi pool, mineral baths
Big Caliente Hot Springs - A primitive cement pool
Little Caliente Hot Springs - Primitive cement tubs
California Hot Springs - A historic resort, swimming pool, and hot tubs
Deer Creek Hot Springs - Undeveloped with a series of primitive pools
Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel - A resort, swimming and soaking pools
Gaviota State Park Hot Springs - Undeveloped with 2 small sulfur ponds
Glamis North Hot Springs Resort - A resort, saunas, hot tubs, swimming and soaking pools
Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa - A day-use resort and spa, varieties of pools
Five Palms Oasis - Undeveloped with warm pond
Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort - A resort, swimming pool, steam rooms, and hot spas
Holtville Hot Springs - Two concrete pools and pond
Jacumba Hot Springs Resort - A resort with swimming pool
Miracle Hot Springs - Primitive pools along the Kern River
Private Hot Mineral Springs - Private soaking pools
Miracle Springs Resort - A resort, swimming and soaking pools
Pyramid Hot Springs - A primitive a pool along the Kern River
Remington Hot Springs - Primitive, a cement pool along the Kern River
Shoshone Inn Hot Springs - Inn and RV Park, a swimming pool
Tecopa Hot Springs Resort - Rustic resort, soaking tubs.
Tecopa Hot Tub - Primitive cement tub.
Tecopa Mud Baths - An undeveloped large pond.
Turtle Back Mesa - Bed & Breakfast, a swimming pool, soaking tubs
Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa - Resort, swimming and soaking pools.
Warner Springs Ranch Resort - Historic resort, swimming and soaking pools.

California-Nevada Border

Ash Meadows - Wildlife Refuge
Bailey's Hot Springs - Closed for renovation
Carson Hot Springs Resort - Historic hot springs, swimming pool, and tubs
Fish Lake Valley Hot Well - Primitive, concrete pool, and two ponds
Steamboat Healing Center and Spa - Historic hot spring resort
Walleys Hot Spring - Resort and Day-spa

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  1. If you so desire; update name
    Jacumba Hot Springs Resort: Description written as Resort, swimming pool, spa, massage, sauna.
    Unfortunately, the entire “resort” burned down, the hot spring source has been plugged and the swimming pool has been filled in with drit

  2. You’ve omitted Sykes Hot Springs in Big Sur.

    1. Skyes got shut down. It was closed due to the fires from 2016-2021 and when they reopened the trail the tubs were taken apart.

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