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 is known as the highest waterfall in North America, dropping a total of 2,425 feet.
Two Different Soaking Spots
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.
On the slope of a canyon, you will see two outdoor baths.
The sources of springs are at the bottom of the pools, and the deposits make the color of water grayish.
These upper tubs are not too bad, but the water supply does not look enough.
At another place, hot water is flashing, and the overflowed water is poured into some outdoor baths near the surface of the river.
These lower tubs are located next to a huge travertine dome made of deposits of hot springs.
The extremely hot water (around 140 degrees F) at the source is subjected to cooling into comfortable temperature, flowing down the slope.
So you can enjoy 100% hot springs water, not mixed with the river water.
Under the travertine dome, there is a cave.
If you get into the space, you will find it like a steam bath filled with hot water turned into a spray.
Buckeye Hot Springs, Bridgeport, California, U.S.
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No (Wild Camping Available)