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Listing of Hot Springs in Northern California
Please use the listing of natural Northern California hot springs below to assist with finding the best soaks near you. Although the majority of hot springs are located in the southern portion of the state, the north does not disappoint with its diverse and less crowded environment for enjoying naturally hot water fed pools.
Northern California spans the state’s northernmost 48 counties and contains redwood forests, along with the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley and part of Lake Tahoe and Mount Shasta. For navigational ease, we have drawn a line straight across at San Fransisco to divide the regions.
With the wide expanse of mountain ranges and elevation variances, northern California can have diverse weather patterns. Snow and wet conditions are not uncommon. There are also several seasonal hot springs so it is always a good idea to know the area you are headed into before going. We denote if the spring has seasonality restrictions to help guide you.
Hot springs in Northern California offer unique geothermal pool experiences at destinations like Travertine Hot Springs in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest and the off-grid resort of Wilbur Hot Springs.
Public and Commercial (Private) Northern California Hot Springs
Wilbur Hot Springs in Northern California
Non-commercial hot springs are generally located on public national forest or BLM land. These soaks lean toward the more natural side. Hot pools can be found either roadside or off the beaten path and may involve varying degrees of hiking. Not all public hot springs have camping available on-site, but you should be able to find a place to rest your head in the general vicinity. Many of these hot springs are clothing optional, especially the ones further away from civilization.
Commercial hot springs in Northern California have a private owner and are typically developed in a fashion towards more comfort, range from rustic pools to five-star resorts and usually have overnight accommodations of some fashion. Most also offer amenities like massage, yoga, swimming pools and a place to eat.
Popular regions where hot springs are located include the cities of Calistoga and Ukiah.
Public hot springs are not bathing facilities and do not have plumbing like that of commercial, improved hot springs. Soap and shampoo (including biodegradable soap and shampoo) do not completely breakdown naturally. This pollutes our water systems (ingested by fish, animals, humans) at or near the source. Use of soaps is also illegal in most wilderness and public lands areas. All commercial hot springs will have their own rules when soaking, please be respectful of those.
Pack It In – Pack It Out
As always, please remember that if you pack it in, pack it out. It is our responsibility to keep these wonderous places around for future generations.
The Northern California hot springs listings below feature directions, descriptions, pool conditions, ratings, reviews, photos, videos and facility information and include if they are clothing optional, RV/ pet-friendly and have seasonal access restrictions. A statewide map of California hot springs is accessible from the homepage.
Calistoga Hot Springs in Northern California Calistoga Hot Springs is a family-friendly commercial hot springs resort located in beautiful Napa Valley. It is located only a block off Main street in the city of Calistoga, California. This family-run hot springs (since 1969) features separate Men’s and Women’s Spas, four outdoor Read more [...]
Vichy Springs Resort in Ukiah Vichy Hot Springs Resort and Spa calls Mendocino County, California, home. With a rich and fascinating history dating back into the 1800s, Vichy is California state landmark #980. Vichy hot springs high mineral bubbly baths have the same water as Vichy, France, hence the name Read more [...]
Wilbur Hot Springs Northeast of San Francisco Founded in 1865, Wilbur Hot Springs features a clothing optional hot springs resort, overnight lodging, massage, dining, activities, yoga and events. Wilbur is located in Colusa County Northern California and is approximately 22 miles west of Williams, 22 miles east of Clear Lake Read more [...]