We all need an escape from the city every now and then. If wide-open space, spectacular views of the night sky, and soothing hot springs sound like your kind of adventure, you’re in for a treat. These natural blue hot springs in California are the perfect desert oasis.
Sometimes, the most rewarding adventures are found well off the beaten path. You’d never expect to find these hot springs in the little desert town of Tecopa.
It’s the perfect roadside stop if you’re taking a trip to Las Vegas. It’s just 90 minutes away.
The water is so blue! Also known as the Tecopa Mud Baths, these hot springs are located in a mineral-rich area near the edge of Death Valley.
If you want to go camping, there are numerous places in the area where you can get set up. Since this is the desert, temperatures can be extreme, so plan accordingly.
When you get to the hot springs, there is plenty of parking along the shoulder of the road. Visiting the hot springs is free and they are open year-round. Clothing is optional.
It’s only a 500-foot walk to get to the springs from the road. Since there are no facilities or trash cans there, make sure to clean up and leave no trace. It’s important to respect the environment as you adventure.
After a long road trip, this beautiful turquoise blue pool is a sight for sore eyes! A collection of mud baths bubble up into the springs, bringing up plenty of minerals.
Each pool ranges from 2.5 to 3 feet deep and temperatures range from 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s nature’s perfect jacuzzi.
Since the water is filled with minerals, it leaves a slick, moisturizing feeling on your skin. You can even take the mud and smear it on your skin for an all-natural outdoor spa treatment.
Tecopa Hot Springs
Location: Tecopa Hot Springs, Tecopa, CA
Why you should go: You can soak in beautiful blue water hot springs for free and see a clear, star-filled sky.
Editor’s note: We highly recommend wearing an eco-friendly bug repellant for mosquitoes and mud mites before you visit. Please clean up after yourself and be respectful of the sensitive natural environment.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.