By Bethany Shepard 10:40 pm PST
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As the pandemic is coming to an end, California’s hot springs are waiting for a new wave of visitors. Most spring pools have been closed since the pandemic began two years ago. Now, it is time to plan your next trip to unwind, revive, and relax, while melting away the anxiety and stress you and your family have experienced over the past two years. Unlike Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, California is not known as a hot springs destination, but its lovely geothermally heated mineral-rich hot springs provide a natural healing experience at home. This article will take you on a tour of the ten top hot springs in California that you can visit.

  • River Oaks Hot Springs & Spa in Paso Robles

Paso Robles is home to its hot spring. It is surrounded by magnificent trees and gently undulating vineyards. For many years, it has served as a meeting place and source of renewal, providing some amazing panoramic views. At this resort, you can soak in mineral-rich water in sauna-style baths surrounded by stunning scenery. While here for relaxation, you can also get body treatments such as facials, massages, and wraps.

  • The Spring Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs

This hot spring is situated in California’s Desert Hot Springs. It is ranked as one of the Top 100 Spas in the United States, Canada, and Mexico by Spas of America. It boasts tranquil surroundings and contemporary buildings, as well as opportunities for recuperation at spring-fed mineral baths. It provides an unmatched opportunity for guests to enjoy three separate hot mineral spring pools while basking in the calming desert sun.

  • Beverly Hot Springs Spa in Los Angeles

This hot spring is the city’s sole natural hot springs spa, delivering geothermally heated waters. After soaking in the spa’s natural hot springs, you can make the most of the spa’s soothing body and facial treatments. After visiting and using their services, you will leave feeling genuinely refreshed from the hot and cold plunge, dry sauna, steam room, as well as body massages and scrubs.

  • Hot Springs in Ukiah

Ukiah is home to this hot spring resort. It is open throughout the day and at night. It is a tiny and serene resort nestled deep in the Mendocino Coastal Range’s undulating hills. It has two naturally heated public pools, as well as seven individual Victorian porcelain baths, including two rooftop tubs for those who like stargazing at night. Overnight travelers have a variety of lodging alternatives.

  • Wilbur Hot Springs in Williams

Williams is home to this hot spring. It provides an unparalleled chance to clear your mind, calm down from the hectic pace of contemporary life, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. It has therapeutic hot mineral water springs nestled inside an 1800-acre Natural Reserve. Apart from hot springs swimming, it also provides hiking and riding inside the Natural Reserve. Visitors can take a swim in the famed stress-relieving waters of Fluminarium’s tranquil and open-air flumes.

  • Indian Springs Resort & Spa in Calistoga

Calistoga is home to this hot spring. This renowned and historic resort in the charming Napa Valley provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its visitors by preserving a 1910 Olympic-size mineral pool and seating atop natural geysers. The spa next to the pool provides a variety of body treatments, including the famous mud baths made with nutrient-dense volcanic ash.

  • Vichy Hot Springs Resort in Ukiah

Ukiah is home to this hot spring. This resort, founded in 1854, is famous for providing relaxing services to several celebrities, including Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. It is North America’s only naturally warmed and carbonated hot water spring. Its centerpiece is an Olympic-size pool surrounded by 700 acres of hiking and walking trails. Additionally, it provides overnight accommodation in the form of rooms and cottages.

  • Sierra Hot Springs Resort Sierraville

Sierraville is home to this hot spring. Established in 1870, the spring water, the overpowering sense of tranquility, and the pools are the resort’s distinguishing features. Summer is the most popular season here, but winters provide a whole other experience. The enclosed heated pool is encapsulated under a big dome and has skylights, stained glass, and a sand bottom meditation pool that is particularly well-suited for stargazing. Numerous massage styles, including water watsu, are also available here.

  • Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona

This hot spring is situated in Corona. This garden-like resort is situated 57 miles east of Los Angeles and offers an abundance of activities. The lavish swimming pools, private cabanas, and daily courses are all included in this wonderful resort’s amenities. Spa treatments such as moisturizing body painting in the lush underground Grotto, along with red clay mud baths, provide an unforgettable experience.

  • Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown

Middletown is home to this hot spring. It is situated around 30 minutes from Napa Valley. As one of the state’s oldest hot springs, it provides a peaceful experience for visitors who want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life in Harbin’s ambient and tranquil atmosphere and bathe in soaking hot, warm, and cold spring-fed pools. Along with saunas, Watsu massages, and other body treatments, it provides trekking on 1700 acres of meadows, hills, and canyons.