California

Tecopa Mud Baths - Hot Springs in the U.S.

Where is the hot spring?

When searching for the place in the desert, I found a man walking wrapped in a robe.

On the Bottom of Ancient Lake

Most cell phones do not have reception in Tecopa.

I came to the small town without clarifying the exact place of Mud Baths.

Entrance

I happened to find a man sweated in a robe in the desert, and started to follow him thinking that he should know where it is.

Capybara
He looked strange.
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Alpaca

Trail

The deserted area is considered to be the bottom of the ancient Lake Tecopa ten thousand years ago.

The very fragile soil tells that history.

Fragile Ground 1

Reed communities are seen only around the hot springs gushing from the ground.

Complete Silence

It was only a few minutes’ walk from the street to the bog.

From West

It can be said accessible even though the trailhead is hard to be found.

Fragile Ground 2

The soil around the pond looks poisonous-looking with mineral deposits.

From North West

The long and thin bog is tepid (90 degrees F) in the front side.

The water temperature shows higher when going further.

Signboard 1

There is a caution statement.

Signboard 2

According to this, a threatened species, Amargosa Vole inhabits the marshes.

Muddy Water 1

It is explained that they live only around the natural hot springs in Tecopa, CA.

Muddy Water 2

"Amargosa" came from the Spanish Amargo, meaning biter; the Amargosa River flows into the Death Valley after the heavy rainfall.

From North East

The water is opaque, which is not from the mineral deposits, but due to fine muds soaring from the bottom.

Bubbling

In the most remote part, hot water is gushing with periodic bubbles.

44 Degrees F

It was 111 degrees F, which is even hotter than a comfortable soak.

From East

Not only endangered species, but many creatures survive in the marshes.

Some reports show that mud mites bite around the pond.

From South

I was wondering whether to soak in the muddy water, while the man was swimming having nothing on.

I made up my mind, and dipped in the bog quietly not to astonish the voles.

Pipe

It was 2 to 3.5 feet depth.

The bottom was soft, but not like a bottomless swamp.

Soaking

I enjoyed the hot enough water with the slight sulfur smell.

As he left, I was fully alone in the desert.

I was in complete silence, even feeling the beat of my heart.

Summary

Tecopa Mud Baths, Tecopa, California, U.S.

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Tip

Soak in this pond, and then you realize.

  • Walk-in: Yes
  • Lodging: No

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