Buckeye Hot Springs, California

This hot springs in California are really unique.

Pools are both on the slope and the bottom of a canyon.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is one of the most popular national parks in the United States, due to the good location only three hours’ drive from San Francisco.

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park (#14)

Photo by Christopher Chan – Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park (#14) (2009) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Yosemite Falls is known as the highest waterfall in North America, dropping a total of 2,425 feet.

Buckeye Hot Springs

It is an hour and a half’s drive from Yosemite National Park to a geothermal area.

Buckeye hot springs are located in the mountains close by Travertine Hot Springs.

Upper Pools1

On the slope of a canyon, you will see two outdoor baths.

Upper Pools2

The sources of springs are at the bottom of  the pools, and the deposits make the color of water grayish.

Upper Pools3

These upper tubs are not too bad, but the water supply does not look enough.

Source of the Spring

At another place, hot water is flashing, and the overflowed water is poured into some outdoor baths near the surface of the river.

Lower Pools

These lower tubs are located next to a huge travertine dome made of deposits of hot springs.

Riverside

The extremely hot water (around 140 degrees F) at the source is subjected to cooling into comfortable temperature, flowing down the slope.

Travertine

So you can enjoy 100% hot springs water, not mixed with the river water.

Under the travertine dome, there is a cave.

Cave1

If you get into the space, you will find it like a sauna filled with hot water turned into a spray.

It will be a unique experience to enjoy a kind of sauna in a natural hot spring.

Cave2

Buckeye Hot Springs, Bridgeport, California, USA
My Favorite[4/5]
Walk-inYes
LodgingNo (Wild Camping Available)
Official WebsiteNo

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