One simple question: why do you generally pay a visit to a new city? Well, I move to a new city to take a break from my monotonous life, to experience the culture of the city, to meet new people, and most importantly to have my time.
So, recently I have been to California and got to know why Californians are so much in love with their state. No, that’s not their food, neither their beautiful beaches nor deserts.
But it’s actually those hot springs where they have been soaking themselves for years and no doubt why people even recommend California as one of the best places to enjoy hot springs.
Are you worried about where to find the best in the state? Let all your worries go down in the drain and just focus on these 7 best hot springs in California. Are you ready to dive in?
West Valley Hot Spring
The hot spring is situated in Northern California above the east bank of the West Valley Reservoir. But you should be brave enough to drive your 4-wheel vehicle through the extremely rough and rutted dirt road to reach there and experience that modest A-frame shack that is able to provide you protection from the chilly winds while you’ll be soaking yourself in the 108ᵒ tub. Also, if possible, try to reach a few hours before the sunset to enjoy the eye-pleasing views of sunsets over the reservoir.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
You know what is the best thing I found about Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is that they have been operated since the 1900s. The hot spring is present in Calistoga in the upper Napa Valley. This one is a geothermal mineral water resort that has different hot springs with different temperatures. In addition to that, the hot spring also has a spa and wellness center, mud and as well as a mineral bath, a huge mineral pool.
Wait, that’s not the end, all these pools even include a covered whirlpool (104ᵒF), multi-lane lap pool (80ᵒF), a soaking pool (100ᵒF), and a wading pool for your kids. Another reason why I have put the name in my list because the place is encircled by patios with sun loungers, barbecue, and day beds.
Buckeye Hot Springs
Located in Central California, Buckeye Hot Springs is one of the most beautiful rustic hot springs set along Bridgeport in California’s Eastern Sierra Mountains. This one is a set of 2 hot springs where the first one is located at the top of the parking area. Though this one has the facility of mud bath but one can enjoy mesmerizing views of the Eastern Sierra Mountains and creek. On the next side, the second one is present alongside the river and gets parted from the stream by rocks, thus creates a beautiful pool. Also, this second one is quite warmer than the previous one (112ᵒF). Well, the waterfall is already warm but when enters the cool water of the creek, makes it a perfect hot spring to spend time in.
Wild Willy’s Hot Springs
Wild Willy’s Hot Springs that is also known as Crowley Hot springs is perhaps one of the easiest hot springs to reach that includes a simple and flat 2-mile hike made easy by an elevated wooden walkway. Also, the hot spring is often considered one of the best places to host big parties. This one also includes 2 pools where the first one is 10-foot wide and almost 3 feet deep and is really warm and relaxing. Whereas, the second one is for the love-birds because the pool is heart-shaped, is a bit larger, and is much hotter. Also, do not miss the vast open savannah and amazing mountain views encircled by the pool.
Travertine Hot Springs
What if I say you can start your mornings with breathtaking views of the Sierra Mountains? The hot spring is a few miles drive from highway 395 and the best part is that the place is next to Forest Service Land so you can plan for camping along the back roads. Another reason you should not miss visiting the place is the naturally heated pools of water and the mud floor.
Tecopa Hot Springs
You must have heard about Death Valley National Park or I should say home to numerous mud baths and hot springs, Tepoca is situated near its Southern end only. One cannot take their eyes off the main hot spring, Tepoca Hot Spring, and greenery that looks like an oasis in the middle of desert dunes and mud flats.
Those who have already experienced it must have known that the ideal time to walk away with the hot springs coated with silty mud is during March and April. And if you want to enjoy the finest mud mite free experience always try to go for small concrete Tecopa Hot Tub that is probably a part of a long-gone residence.
Steep Ravine Hot Spring
Last but definitely not the least, this one is Mother Earth’s best creation that includes the hot spring, a bunch of hiking paths, and sandy beach that makes it the ideal choice for both locals and tourists. Also, before you plan to pay a visit, ensure that you turn to a tide chart because the hot spring is only exposed when there’s a low tide.
You’ve come to enjoy some personal time or maybe you’re there with your partner but what’s that? A huge crowd? Not to worry, you can enjoy the sulfur-scented geothermal vents present at the base of the cliffs on the beach with no interference. What are you waiting for? Just pack your bags and get a lifetime experience in California’s hot springs. Trust me, you won’t regret it.