Hot Springs Camping on the West Coast

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Hot SpringsAs the desert areas dry up and cool down with the onset of winter, the best places to camp in California are at the hot springs. Gorgeous, breathtaking views, hot and therapeutic waters and beautiful open-air campsites keep people coming back to California’s best-kept secrets. Without sacrificing trails, activities and local atmosphere, a Hot Springs Camping Trip is something every camper should experience. Here are some camping tips for those planning a hot springs camping trip to California.

 

In Northern California is Sierra Hot Springs where you can follow signs to any one of many Hot Springs Parks and resorts. In Sierra you can find a variety of different hot springs near a wide selection of lodging and community activities. Campers have full use of Sierra Hot Springs facilities, including the trails, pools, showers, guest kitchen, guest refrigerators, etc. You may also attend any of the many free guest events, or take advantage of massages, meals or other services offered at additional cost.

 

In Central California, Wilbur Hot Springs has a reputation for its beauty and atmosphere. Wood built flumes or bathing houses are located all over the resort and lodging is luxurious and exquisite. The main hall has activities like an instrument playing area and a ping-pong table and there are pampering options like yoga classes and massage therapy. They offer camping sites and a bunkroom!

 

A trip to Southern California should land you in the wonderful Agua Caliente. Agua Caliente Park is a regional camping park located in the Anza Borrego Desert and is best known for its geothermal heated springs. Three naturally fed pools provide different ways of enjoying the park’s mineral water: There are two pools outdoors, and an indoor therapeutic spa is heated to 102 degrees and outfitted with Jacuzzi jets. The park is very popular during the winter and has numerous camping sites (full hook-ups, partial hook-ups, non hook-up and tent sites, and a caravan area for large groups) available. Hikers will enjoy miles of trails that meander through the park’s canyons and across its hillsides.

 

I hope you find these camping tips on great hot springs camping locations useful for your next camping adventure to somewhere warm this winter. If you’re planning a road trip, visiting all of these springs and the others located in California, would make a vivid and memorable adventure.

 

Be safe and Happy Camping!

 

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Oasis Hike - Anza Borrego

I promised I would tell you about the Palm Canyon Oasis hike we went on with the Boy Scouts while at Anza-Borrego. Yes, there really is an Oasis in the middle of this desert at the Anza-Borrego Campground. This is an original California palm grove! It’s about a 3 mile, relatively easy hike, which should take you about 2 hours there and back. Plus, plan to explore the waterfall and surrounding area, take a lunch, and rest up for the hike back. The trailhead is at the north end of the Palm Canyon campground. This truly is one of the most spectacular places to visit at the Campground. Granted you have to work a little to get to it, but it’s worth it. Hope you enjoy the pictures. (click on them to enlarge)

Starting Point for Hike to OasisThere is an Oasis there...There is the Oasis!!

If you want to go hiking on some other trails, here’s a site that has a brief description of some trails for you to try. http://www.desertusa.com/Thingstodo/du_absp_hike.html

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Anza-Borrego - Slot Canyon Hike

Hi again!

This is a continuation of the Anza-Borrego Camping Report. I wanted to tell you about the Slot Canyon hike we took, since it’s a very unique place to see when you visit this Campground. You gotta check this out! Just look at the pictures I took!

Slot CanyonSlot Canyon HikeSlot Canyon

BTW - If you click on the pictures in this post they will enlarge!

It’s a short drive from the Visitors Center. Take Borrego Spring Rd. through Borrego Springs and out to Hwy 78, make a left and down on your left about 1 mile you’ll see a short brown sign, Buttes Pass. Take that dirt road to the edge of the Canyon and you can drop in there and experience this incredible place. There are spots during the walk where you’ll have to turn sideways to get through the towering 50-foot walls. You can go down and back in about 20-30 minutes. This is truly a memorable hike; unlike any you’ll ever take. Don’t forget your camera!

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