[Desert Spring] Five Palms Warm Well Oasis

Can you imagine warm springs in the desert?

It is 2 hours’ and a half drive from San Diego.

In the dried-up field, suddenly you will encounter a beautiful oasis surrounded by palm trees.

The hidden spring is, surprisingly a warm spring.

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a famous sightseeing spot where is visited by many tourists from across the globe.

Around Salvation Mountain

Photo by Kevin Dooley – Around Salvation Mountain (2017) / CC BY 2.0

Here is just like an oasis full of colors and religious messages, where a hippie, Leonard Knight had developed solely for 30 years.

Dangerous Way to Spring

Another 40-minute drive from Salvation Mountain will take you to a real oasis with palm trees.


Please take extra care that you need to go through the desert, and your car may be stuck in the fragile sand if you happen to stop it.

Visit by AWD or just continue to drive to a hard ground.

Under the palms, there is a shallow pond, and from a pipe buried at the bottom, water is upwelling.

Open-air bath

The water is tepid, clear, and without aroma.

There are small fishes swimming but it is kept clean without artificial trashes.

Mechanism like no other

When I visited there, an aged man with nothing on was enjoying soaking.

Enjoying soaking

I talked to him and found that he seemed to be the keeper here, and he installed the pipe by himself.

According to his advice, I blocked the water outlet, and then extremely surprised!

The bottom of the pond started to cave in to the knee, and it became just like a sand bath!

Sand bath

Without the pipe, I assume the pond will be a bottomless swamp having springs everywhere in it.

I believe this secluded spring is the only place where you can enjoy an open-air bath and at the same time sand bath.


😆 Pros

The one and only mechanism, which you can enjoy, it as sand baths if you block the water outlet

😥 Cons

Very tough road that your car may get stuck in the sand

Five Palms Warm Well Oasis, Yuma, California, USA
Walk-in YES
Lodging NO
Official Website NO

Related hot springs

I associate the place with hot springs where volunteers maintain.

Hebin Yu

Hebin Yu, Myoban Onsen, Oita, Japan

Even though here is not so far from Beppu city, you have to go through a rough dirt road.

Along a small river, there are four open-air tubs filled with natural springs with different water temperature.

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