Desert Hot Springs is one of nine cities of the Greater Palm Springs Area in the Coachella Valley known as Greater Palm Springs. Moderate temperatures from October to April and 350 days of sunshine make the Coachella Valley a popular winter destination. The valley is surrounded by mountains protecting it from wind and rain that come from the West Coast.
Desert Hot Springs is located 12 miles north of Palm Springs and 30 miles west of Joshua Tree National Park. Named “The Mineral Water Capital of the World”, this small town-resort offers a wide range of accommodations from exclusive luxury resorts to retro-motels with access to mineral pools and hot tubs.
The Coachella Valley once was a vast lake that started evaporating in the early 1700s when the Colorado River changed its course. The Salton Sea and underground mineral lakes in Desert Hot Springs are remnants 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 found hot mineral water in the first well and cold drinking water 600 yards away. This extraordinary discovery motivated Cabot to name this land “Miracle Hill”.
The 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 a 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 a temperature between 120°F and 180°F (49-82°C). Some places offer day-use options, others allow using hot springs by overnight guests only. Some resorts are clothing optional for adults. Here is the list of a few resorts you might enjoy visiting.
Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
The oldest award-winning hot springs resort features three large teak tubs where a 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
There are two natural hot mineral water Jacuzzis, a large swimming pool, and a sauna. The luxurious 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.
Address: 68187 Club Circle Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel
Desert Hot Springs Spa features eight geothermal soaking pools, hydrotherapy bathtubs, and sauna. The hotel has 50 guest rooms. A day-use option and spa service are available.
Address: 10805 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Miracle Springs Resort & Spa
Surrounded by scenic tall palms and mountains in the background, Miracle Springs Resort offers eight natural hot mineral pools. A day-use option and spa service are available.
Address: 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa
Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa is 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
El Morocco Inn and Spa offers a warm mineral water pool, Jacuzzi, and two far-infrared dry saunas. Decorated in Moroccan style, the hotel with 13 rooms offers a lavish continental breakfast and expanded spa treatment. A 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, The Good House features mineral hot springs pools and garden for adults over 21 years of age only.
Address: 12885 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Hope Springs Resort
There are three mineral water-fed pools and 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
The hotel offers outdoor swimming and indoor jetted hot mineral pools, outdoor jetted hot mineral tub, sauna, and 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
The 7-room retreat and spa offers a holistic approach to heal the body and mind. There are two mineral pools. Day-use is often available - call to find out.
Address: 11149 Sunset Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Sagewater Spa features a swimming pool and hot spa. All 7 rooms have fully-equipped kitchens.
Address: 12689 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Sea Mountain Resort and Spa
Sea Mountain Resort and Spa offers a mineral water pool and whirlpool. Day-use options, massage, and spa treatments are available. Clothing optional. Adults only.
Address: 66540 San Marcus Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Spring Resort & Spa
There are three hot mineral water pools. Rooms have small kitchens and some of them have private soaking tubs. A day-use option and 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