Miracle Hot Spring in California
Located along the Kern River near Bakersfield, CA, Miracle Hot Springs has grown in popularity over the years due to it’s primitive stone scenic backdrop as you soak in the natural mineral waters which cascade down three levels of pools. It is a bit of a drive to get there so be prepared to make it a day long activity if you live in Southern California. However, it’s definitely worth the trip and because it’s tucked away in the mountains it will give you the tranquility and solitude many wish for when visiting a hot spring.
The three different pools range in temperature from 100-106 degrees starting from the top where the source of the mineral waters begins. Each section of the springs also varies in size, accommodating anywhere from 2-8 people. There are also two additional hot springs not connected to the main section a little farther down. When you are done relaxing in the hot waters, jump into the Kern river to cool down and help the body release any last tension it may have.
Because it’s considered a primitive spring and free to use by the public, clothing is also optional. During the day you will find most wearing bathing suits, but early in the morning or late at night is when you may be face to face with a nudist.
Getting to Miracle Hot Springs is quite easy.
1. From Bakersfield go north on highway 178.
2. Turn off on Borrel Road
3. Continue until you arrive at Hobo Campground (roughly 2 miles in)
4. There is a parking section and about a 500 foot hiking trail to access Miracle Hot Springs.
Miracle Hot Springs Map