Saline Hot Springs – California
Located in Death Valley National Park, Saline Hot Springs is a fairly well kept secrete due to it’s very remote location in Death Valley, just around the lowest point within the United States in the Inyo Mountains. If you make the trip and find the natural mineral pools, you will realize this may be one of the greatest hot springs in all the world.
Once you start the trek be prepared for the long hall. As you leave civilization and begin on the unpaved dirt roads, it will take you roughly 3-4 hours to reach Saline Hot Springs. There you will find three different hot springs areas for you to relax in. The upper section is very primitive and has some amazing views of death valley and the Inyo Mountains. The middle and lower areas of Saline Hot Springs are more developed areas and give a feeling of a oasis in the middle of nowhere. Each pool can vary in temperatures widely from 95-110 degrees depending on the season. Just to add to the excitement, wild burros tend to run throughout the springs and can surprise you if you aren’t watching out for them.
Clothing is optional and you will definitely see some naked people (mostly hippies). Often people stay in the area for weeks at a time and the national park had to set a limit of no longer than 30 days. Also don’t expect to have any cell phone reception so bring a paper map and compass just in case you get lost.
Directions to Saline Valley Hot Springs
From Lone Pine, California
1. Start on US-395 North towards Death Valley (45 miles)
2. Merge onto Death Valley Road
3. Merge onto Waucoba Saline Road towards South Warm Springs Road (52 miles – 3 or so hours on dirt roads)
We love going to Saline Valley Hot Springs in Death Valley due to it’s remote location and getting away from the world for a few days. Happy Soaking!