California is home to hundreds of natural hot springs and dozens of commercial spas with hot tubs. One place in Southern California near the Nevada border is Tecopa Hot Springs.
Whether you prefer a resort-style experience or an organic, natural mud bath, you have three great options for healing and relaxation. Let’s dive in!
About Tecopa Hot Springs, CA
Tecopa Hot Springs is a community located north of Tecopa, California. Highway 127 runs to the west and the South Nopah Range Wilderness Area runs to the east.
The California-Nevada border is less than 30 miles from Tecopa Hot Springs. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park is also about an hour away.
Tecopa was first founded as a mining town, but has since become known for the hot springs north of town. Many consider them to be some of the most healing hot springs in the country.
Are hot springs safe?
For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the mineral-rich waters of hot springs. Native Americans believe the water has healing properties. In addition, professional athletes, government officials and military personnel regularly visited Hot Springs, Arkansas before it became a federally protected area.
However, the dangers of bathing in a hot spring include the temperature and sanitary conditions. These hot springs can get over 100 degrees.
If you enter a spring that is too hot, you risk burns to your skin. At most commercial springs, the water temperature is regulated and displayed so guests know how hot the water is.
Also, natural hot springs are not as regulated as resort hot springs. Commercial hot springs are required by law to treat and purify their water. However, natural hot springs pose potential risks associated with mites and amoebas.
If the water is stagnant, it is more susceptible to infestation. A well-flowing hot spring is generally safe.