Mono Hot Springs in the High Sierras
For the more adventurous type, take a beautiful trip into the high country of the Sierras, inside the Ansel Adams Wilderness for a visit to Mono Hot Spring Resort. On the South fork of the San Joaquin River, partake in endless hiking, swimming, fishing and soaking surrounded by scenery that brings complete inner harmony.
Mono Hot Springs is perfect for people who want to get away for a few days while enjoying the healing and rejuvenating benefits of natural geothermal water. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range presents you with the opportunity for hiking and exploring nature in all its glory.
Mono Hot Springs touts that they are the alternative destination to Yosemite for a memorable family vacation. Reservations must be made in advance. Mono Hot Springs is a seasonal destination.
Mono Hot Pools Information
There are two hot pools available at Mono Hot Springs. These include the Bathhouse and the outdoor Mineral Spa. The Bathhouse is made up of pure natural spring water that is pumped into the soaking tubs, showers and also the spa. You can choose from a long cast iron tub or a shorter, deeper, tiled tub, depending on your preference of a private room. The water temperature of the Bathhouse ranges from 100°F to 104°F and provides therapeutic benefits for you if you decide to take a dip! The outdoor Mineral Spa offers sweeping views of Mount Hooper.
Mono Hot Springs Facilities
More than twenty rustic cabins are available for a good night’s rest. Most cabins are constructed of native cobblestone, adding to the atmosphere of relaxation and the beauty of nature. Some cabins are equipped with cooking areas and sleep from 2 – 5 guests. The Mono Hot Springs Campground has a capacity of twenty-three campsites for a bit closer to nature feel. Full use of all hot spring facilities is included in overnight rates.
You will also find a well-appointed spa with renowned local therapist Aimee Bertsch, a top-notch restaurant and a general store for your convenience. Reservations are highly recommended to secure a camping spot, especially in the busy summer season.
And, of course, enjoy a hot mineral soak in the austere stone bathhouse or outside in the hot spa. Jetted streams of natures best will wipe away the sore muscles from a day of outdoor adventures as you gaze upon mountain views feeling peace seep into your bones.
Hot Springs History
Centuries of history surrounds Mono Hot Springs. Before the 1920s, the area was only accessible by horseback or on foot. During this period, the hot springs were used by the Mono Indians who lived in the area for healing and spiritual purposes. The Southern California Edison Company developed hydro operated power stations and roads were completed by the late 1920s, these developments made Mono Hot Springs much more accessible.
The Mono Hot Springs resort was constructed in 1935 by developer Walter Hill to take advantage of the growing popularity of the area with people from all over California who visited to enjoy the benefits of Mono Hot Springs. The resort was purchased by Frank Winslow and sons in 1963 and is still owned and operated by the Winslow family today.
Access and Usage Fees
Mono Hot Springs is currently available to day time users and overnight guests staying at a campsite or in a cabin.
Seasonal Access Information
Mono Hot Springs is typically open from mid-May through the end of October, depending on road conditions. The busiest season is the summer months of June to August. It is recommended that you reserve your cabins or campground at least a few months in advance for a summer stay. Autumn is less busy during the fall, and the rates are also lower than in summer.
Directions to Mono Hot Springs
From Los Angeles, California
Take I-99 North to Fresno. Then travel on Kings Canyon 180 Freeway East until reaching Clovis/Huntington Lake. Take the Clovis Huntington Lake 168 Freeway and follow the signs to Shaver and Huntington Lakes. When arriving at Huntington Lakes, look for the large sign displaying the Mono Hot Springs exit, then drive 16 miles to the hot springs resort.
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1 Review on “Mono Hot Springs”
If you like a rugged resort with very friendly people, you would feel right at home. On the other side of the San Joaquin River from the resort, are all of the natural Hot Springs. The Hot Springs themselves are on national Forest land and technically are clothing optional. Although do be considerate of those who were there first. Best times of year to go are the spring and fall. There are several tubs along the river ranging from 95° to 106°.