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“The only bath in town”
Review of Tecopa Hot Springs

Tecopa Hot Springs
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Twice we've had the pleasure of camping near Tecopa, California for 4 or 5 days. The Tecopa Hot Springs are our bath and shower when we're in the area. A decade ago the fee was zero and now it's $7, but we figured it was seven dollars well spent. A little grungy, but the water is hot and running.

3  Thank Terry V
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We went first to the main BLM bath houses @$7 per head, The bath houses are gender segregated and enclosed and seem clean and well maintained; each has a hot pool and a 'cool' pool - which was still quite warm - and you bathe nude. It was relaxing and pleasant but we prefer a more open-air experience. We looked at some of the other options:
Natural Spring - Just out of town to north along the Shoshone road there are 2 signs on right cautioning you not to drive on the fragile mud hills. Park by the second sign and walk along the swamp till you see the bathing areas. We found the water here extremely hot and there's plenty of mud on the bottom, but so far it's free.
'Hepatitis Spring' - probably named thus to deter the wimps. If you now turn back towards Tecopa there's a dirt road (Furnace Creek Rd?) heading left (SE) and bypassing town. A little way along that is an open and unregulated spring with a small concrete tub big enough for about 6-8 good friends. There's a windbreak and some plastic chairs and a couch. The water is not hot but comfortably warm. We went in the morning and found no-one there, but it's popular with the locals - you can see from afar how many cars and trucks are parked there, and judge if you want to join the crowd. The dirt road continues to join the Old Spanish Trail a short distance N of Cynthia's Hostel and the China Ranch road.

12  Thank DavidBy
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

just north of "town", just as Tecopa hot springs road curves left, pull off at the little green area and walk out to the natural hot springs for a great (and free) experience.
you might find locals sitting in the springs, and you can see where they have an improptu boardwalk leading over the mud.
I met a guy who winters there and he was a wealth of information about the springs and the area.
not a bathouse experience- but a true natural hot spring - a very unique experience that is not easy to come by

9  Thank marieatta_pman
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Tecopa Hot Springs has the most amazing water! The main bath houses are run by the California Bureau of Land Management, and you pay $7 per person at the general store. They are set up quite like a Japanese bath house, and there is a men's and women's side, each with a hot and cool (warm) pool. You go in naked, after showering, like a Japanese bath. As a matter of fact, all of the women who were in the baths when I was there were Asia. Some were Korean, and the majority of them were speaking Japanese. It was like being at a funky onsen hot springs, except in the California desert! They are older and highly rustic, but definitely not rundown or dirty, like some comments.

The main pool was about 106, and the cool pool was about 90. Even the one-setting shower was very warm. But wow, my skin felt conditioned after I had soaked for a while. Amazing water. Bring your own towel or buy one at the general store. I just wish I knew more than my meager few words of Japanese...I would have liked to socialize. My husband and I will definitely be back!

6  Thank Jilara
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stopped in to try the springs and it was just old, rundown and dirty. Fortunately, a local gave us advise about where the natural hot springs were and we tried them. They were amazing! If you have just a little bit of adventurous spirit, skip the run down commercial park and go for the natural experience.

4  Thank FiddlerDoyle
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