Desert Hot Springs is one of nine cities of the Greater Palm Springs Area in the Coachella Valley known as Greater Palm Springs. 350 days of sunshine and moderate temperature from October to April make the Coachella Valley a popular winter destination. The valley is surrounded by mountains on three sides, protected from wind and rain coming from the West Coast.
Desert Hot Springs is located 10 miles north of Palm Springs and 30 miles west of Joshua Tree National Park. Named “The Mineral Water Capital of the World”, this is a small town-resort offers a wide range of accommodations from exclusive luxury resorts to retro-motels with an access to mineral pools and hot tubs.
The Coachela Valley once was a vast lake that started to evaporate in the early 1700s when the Colorado River changed its course. The Salton Sea and underground mineral lakes in Desert Hot Springs are remains of the ancient water system.
Native Americans used the hot springs in this area for hundreds of years. In 1914, it was rediscovered by homesteader Cabot Yerxa. He dug two wells and discovered hot mineral water in the first one and cold drinking water 600 yards away. This extraordinary discovery motivated Cabot to name this land “Miracle Hill”.
Mineral-rich waters of the city are originated from underground lakes or aquifers of the Miracle Hill. The hot and cold aquifers are separated, but located close to each other. The high quality water was ranked among the world’s best waters from 5 continents, winning fourth place at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition.
Over twenty spa resorts of Desert Hot Springs draw their natural hot mineral waters from their own wells at temperature between 120 and 180°F (49-82°C). Some places offer day-use options, others allow to use hot springs by overnight guests only. Some resorts are clothing optional for adults. Here are a few of them.
Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
The oldest award-winning hot springs resort features three large teak tubs where the temperature can be adjusted and three additional concrete mineral water soaking pools, grotto, wading and cold tubs. It has 53 renovating guest rooms and restaurant.
Address: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa
Two natural hot mineral water Jacuzzis, a large swimming pool, and sauna. Luxourous Italian-inspired boutique hotel has 16 rooms, provides a complimentary expanded continental breakfast and can accommodate individuals over 21 years of age. The Tuscan spa offers massages, body treatments, and facials. A day-use option is available. Read More...
Address: 68187 Club Circle Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel
Eight geothermal soaking pools and hydrotherapy bathtubs, and sauna. The hotel has 50 guest rooms. A day-use option and spa service are available. Read More...
Address: 10805 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Miracle Springs Resort & Spa
Eight natural hot mineral pools surrounded by scenic tall palms and mountains in the background. A day-use option and spa service are available. Read More...
Address: 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa
The largest property in Desert Hot Springs with a large pool and two smaller jetted hot pools. The hotel offers a variety of rooms for your needs. Soleil Suites have private, jetted, in-ground mineral water pools. Day-use and spa services are available by request.
Address: 14500 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
El Morocco Inn and Spa
A warm mineral water pool, Jacuzzi, and two far-infrared dry saunas. Decorated in Moroccan style, the hotel with 13 rooms offers an lavish continental breakfast and expanded spa treatment. Day spa with a lot of treatments and packages are available.
Address: 66810 4th Street, Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Good House
Previously known as Hacienda Hot Springs Inn. Mineral hot springs pools and garden. Massage. Complimentary continental breakfast. Day-use is available. Adults only over 21 years of age. Dogs weighing less than 45 pounds are allowed.
Address: 12885 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Hope Springs Resort
Three mineral water-fed pools. Hotel has ten rooms (some with kitchens). A spa service offers massage and whole body treatments. No children are allowed.
Address: 68075 Club Circle Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Lido Palms Resort & Spa
Outdoor swimming and indoor jetted hot mineral pools, outdoor jetted hot mineral tub, sauna. The hotel offers 10 spacious rooms with kitchens.
A full-service spa and water therapy treatments are available.
Address: 12801 Tamar Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Nurturing Nest Mineral Hot Springs Retreat and Spa
Two mineral pools, healthy breakfast for overnight guests. The 7-room retreat and spa offers a holistic approach to heal the body and mind. Day-use is often available - call to find out.
Address: 11149 Sunset Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA
The 90-degree swimming pool and 106-degree spa. All 7 rooms have fully-equipped kitchens. Spa treatments are available. A two-night minimum stay, and on holidays, a three-night minimum stay.
Address: 12689 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Sea Mountain Resort and Spa
Mineral water pool and whirlpool. This is a resort with room for 15 guests. Day-use options, massages and spa treatments are available. Clothing optional. Adults only.
Address: 66540 San Marcus Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Spring Resort & Spa
Three hot mineral water pools. Rooms with small kitchens and some of them have private soaking tubs. A day-use option, day spa with a lot of treatments are available. Guests must be 18 years of age or older.
Address: 12699 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs, CA