Mammoth Hot Springs is an excellent adventure for any van or RV nomad looking for a relaxing soak. There are six man-made hot tubs that you are allowed to use. Each one is in a different location but located within 10 minutes of each other. There is also the Hot Creek Geological Site located within the vicinity of the hot springs. This geological site is home to a beautiful hot spring, but unfortunately, you can’t swim in it.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a must-visit for any nomad. Sitting in any of these hot tubs while you stare at the amazing view of the eastern sierras is spectacular.
The hot springs are were created from volcanic activity more than 760,000 years ago. People have enjoyed the healing and other health benefits of the hot springs for hundreds of years.
The Mammoth Hot Springs comprises five hot springs. Each of these hot springs is different in terms of temperature, layout, and size. I recommend you try each one to see which one you like the best. They are all within a 10-minute drive of each other and are easily accessible. The hot springs are:
- Hot Tub: Can accommodate 4-6 people and the temperature is above 95 degrees.
- Wild Willy’s: Can accommodate 4-5 people and the temperature is above 100 degrees.
- The Crab Cooker: Can accommodate 3-4 people and the temperature is above 95 degrees.
- Hill Top: Can accommodate 4-5 people and the temperature is above 100 degrees.
- Shepherd: Can accommodate 3-4 people and the temperature is above 100 degrees.
- Whitmore: Can accommodate 4-6 people and the temperature is above 95 degrees.
The hot springs are located off US Highway 395 down a dirt road on BLM land. This means you can camp for up to 14 days but you cannot camp directly on any of the roads.
Hot Creek Geological Site
Located in the Mammoth hot springs vicinity is the Hot Creek Geological Site. It’s an impressive blue and turquoise hot spring located on Hot Creek. You cannot swim in these hot springs, but they are worth visiting.
Unfortunately, you cannot camp at the Hot Creek Geological Site but you can camp on the BLM land by the Mammoth Hot Springs.
A stopover at Mammoth Hot Springs and Hot Creek Geological Site is a perfect adventure for any nomad. dr
- Hot Springs: The hot springs are located off Benton Crossing Road which is off US Hwy 395. The turnoff is at a green church before the airport. Benton Crossing Road is paved, but the roads leading to the hot springs are not but are passable by both van and RV.
- Hot Creek Geological Site: located 3 miles from the airport off Hot Creek Hatchery Road. There are signs to follow. The road is mostly dirt/rough so I do not recommend large RVs.
References and Other Adventures
- USDA Forest Service – Hot Creek Geological Site