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All Hot Springs in Southern California
Listing of Hot Springs in Southern California
California is the third largest state when it comes to “soakable” natural hot springs. In addition, there are more mineral water hot springs in Southern California than the northern portion of the state. The Southern California border is located east of the states of Nevada and Arizona, to the south by the international border of the United States and Mexico and to the west by the Pacific Ocean.
There is no official definition for the northern boundary of Southern California, but most include all the land south of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Tehachapi Mountains. To simplify navigation, we have set Southern California beginning at San Fransisco drawing a straight line across the state to Nevada. This portion of California has the highest population density areas of the state which include San Jose, San Fransisco, Los Angelos and San Diego clocking in at approximately 7 million people, not to mention the “smaller” cities around them.
Southern California is home to Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. You will also find Sierra, Sequoia, Los Padres and San Bernadino National forests along with a smattering of wilderness and preserves.
Two Distinct Types of Hot Springs in Southern California: Commercial and Public
Commercial hot springs 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.
Gaviota Hot Springs in Southern 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 onsite camping available, 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.
Soap and Shampoo Notice
Public hot springs in California 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.
Leave No Trace
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 below listings of hot springs in Southern California 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.
The Spring Resort and Day Spa in California Renewal of the mind, body and spirit is what one will find at The Spring Resort. Views of beautiful Palm Springs or breathtaking surrounding mountains enrich the peaceful experience on Miracle Hill. Soak away in one of 3 hot mineral pools, further Read more [...]
Deep Creek Hot Springs in Southern California Adventure into the rain shadowed desert foothills of the San Bernadino Mountains to a cluster of undeveloped hot springs on the Deep Creek fork of the Mojave River. Surrounded by lush vegetation of willows and other various trees, the natural hot pools Read more [...]
Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa in California Lounge in the lap of luxury at Two Bunch Palms Resort. Surround yourself with serene views, indulge in their full spa menu, and rejuvenate in the Grotto with two hot spring soaking options. Tantalize your taste buds with fine dining and drift Read more [...]
Beverly Hot Springs Spa in Los Angeles An oasis in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Beverly Hot Springs Spa is there to soothe your soul and release the stress that life can bring. “Rediscovered” in 1931, the hot springs and treatments offered at this full spectrum day spa Read more [...]
Benton Hot Springs in California Look upon beautiful rock outcroppings and take a step back in time during your visit to Benton Hot Springs. A once thriving mining town in Mono County, Benton offers peace of mind in a tranquil, rustic setting. Reservations must be made in advance to enjoy Read more [...]
Bashford’s Hot Mineral Spa in California At the base of the Chocolate Mountains, surrounded by palm trees and breathtaking desert sunsets, Bashford’s finds its home. Hot mineral water bubbles up over 500 feet from below the earth’s surface to find its way into the healing pools for registered guests Read more [...]
Avila Hot Springs in California Founded in the early 1900’s, Avila Hot Springs is the gateway to Avila Beach. Palm trees and ocean breezes greet guests and travelers as they stop over for a great soak in the old fashion 20’x20′ mineral hot spring pool or a refreshing dip in Read more [...]
Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa in California Make new memories in the middle of the California desert. Located in Desert Hot Springs, California one will find a small oasis at Aqua Soleil. Indulge in rich hot mineral pools and spas, delicious breakfasts and numerous spa treatments. There truly Read more [...]
Agua Caliente County Park Hot Springs in California Not far off the beaten path, near the south side of Anza Borrego Desert State Park lies 910 acres of desert beauty. Agua Caliente County Park offers its day and overnight visitors three hot springs pools to choose from, ample hiking, camping Read more [...]