Established in 1858, Orr Hot Springs sits at the bottom of the Mendocino Coastal Range at the headwaters of South Fork Big River, 14 miles northwest of the city of Ukiah. This geothermal oasis on 27 forested acres with beautiful surrounding hills offers undisturbed serenity and tranquility, promotes relaxation and wipes your stress away.
Before we go any further, this peculiar site has a trail of history that's worth mentioning. Named in honor of an early settler, Samuel Orr, the resort started off as a resting place on the stagecoach line in the 1890s. At the time, it was known as Orr Hot Sulphur Springs.
Eventually, the hot springs grew in prominence and attracted local residents who were looking for a spot for relaxation and healing. It was believed that the mineral water of the hot springs could cure or could at least lessen the impact of maladies such as rheumatism, arthritis, kidney, and liver disorders.
The Orr's lodge and cabins were built from redwood logs in 1930 and perfectly fit into the lavish woodlands. Well-trimmed bushes and an abundance of properly-pruned exotic flowers give you the aura of nature at its very best. Through the years, Orr Hot Springs has only grown in popularity.
There are three communal tubs – one under a covered roof and two outdoors with a temperature between 104° F and 107° F. Five tubs are located in private rooms and two stargazing tubs are on the Bathhouse deck. The hot untreated water is coming underground and directly flows into hot tubs. Fed by the cold springs, a swimming pool offers refreshing options after hot bath, sauna, or steam rooms.
Keep in mind that this is the closing-optional resort.
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Orr Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 14 miles northwest of Ukiah • California • USA
Services: Community room, massage
Accommodations: Rooms, yurts, cottages, camping
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Reservations are required
Elevation: 1,000 ft (305 m)
From Highway 101 in Ukiah,
- Take exit 551 and travel 0.25 miles to Orr Springs Road
- Turn left onto Orr Springs Road and travel for about 12 miles to the destination.
Phone: (707) 462-6277