Benton Hot Springs – California
As the name suggests, Benton Hot Springs is located in Benton, California and is one of the oldest natural pools in the state. As soon as you pull up to the area you will step back in time as history has supplanted itself with historical remanence of what once was. From run down farm equipment to the historical resort and Inn, this place truly needs to be on your bucket list of places to visit during your travels.
Details about Benton Hot Springs
The hot springs have been around since before the Gold Rush and were originally used by Native Americans for their healing properties. Nowadays they are open to the public and offer two soaking pools that range from 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit as well as a cold plunge pool. The water temperature varies depending on how many people are using it at one time but generally stays quite warm year round due to its natural underground heat source.
At Benton Hot Springs you can take part in a variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, fishing, bird watching or just enjoying some quality time lounging in one of the many hammocks set up around the property. There’s also plenty of wildlife to observe such as deer, foxes, rabbits and coyotes – all while taking in breathtaking views of both mountains and lake alike! In addition to soaking sessions at the hot springs there are also several other spa treatments available such as massages or facials which make for a perfect way to unwind after an active day outdoors exploring all that Benton has to offer.
Benton Hot Springs is unique in that it offers private tubs at all eleven campsite rental areas that have the natural mineral waters pumped in. The rentals include your own tub, fire pit, and a picnic table to eat at. Other than the two rooms at the hotel, most people enjoy camping under the stars, but there are also RV options available. The source of the California mineral waters starts at 140 degrees, but by the time it reaches the private tubs, it’s a much more manageable 102,. Many travelers love the idea of camping with their own private hot springs on site.
We highly recommend when you aren’t enjoying a relaxing soak at Benton Hot Springs, to tour the area. They have done a fantastic job at preserving it’s history and everywhere you walk you will discover a little piece of the past times.
Directions to Benton Hot Springs in Mono County
From Bishop, California
1. Start on Highway US-6 East towards CA-120 West (34 miles)
2. Make a left onto CA-120 West and travel roughly 4 miles until you reach your destination.
For all you history buffs, make sure you stop at Benton Hot Springs and get a quick refresher on what made America what it is today, while also rejuvenating your body. Happy Soaking!