Imagine enjoying a serene view of the Eastern Sierras from a steaming, secluded bath. Then imagine how much a view like that would cost you at the best resorts in Mammoth Lakes. Lastly, take that number and throw it out the window, because the stunning natural beauty in the Mammoth Lakes area includes spectacular hot springs that are open to anyone willing to seek them out.
Although snow and cold keep them closed during winter for the most part, the local hot springs are a perfect way to warm up during a spring cold snap, relax your muscles after a busy summer day, or unwind and enjoy the vibrant colors during fall. To help you decide where and how you enjoy Mammoth’s local hot springs, the team at ASO Mammoth has put together a quick list of our favorites. Check it out below and plan your visit today!
General Hot Spring Information
Before you visit, please remember that most hot springs operate on a first come first serve basis and can get crowded or be closed at any time. When you visit, you may also find valves in the pools itself. These are used to fill or warm the pool, and it is important to close the valves before you leave so the pools do not get too hot for other visitors.
Due to their popularity, you may have to wait for a seat in a pool when you visit a hot spring. Prepare for a wait by bringing snacks, water, and clothes for cold weather. Most importantly, respect the hot springs and leave them the way you found them so we can all enjoy them for years to come!
Wild Willy’s Hot Springs
Wild Willy’s is one of the most popular hot springs in the area thanks to its easy access, large main pool, and scenic views. Plus, it is conveniently located to Mammoth Lakes making it a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Wild Willy’s is located 3 miles from the intersection of Route 395 and Benton Crossing Road and is marked by a boardwalk that leads from the parking area to the two main pools. The main pool is large enough for several people and is deeper than most of the other hot springs on this list. There is also a smaller pool that’s a perfect fit for two people, but be prepared for hot water as the smaller pool is typically warmer. If you visit Wild Willy’s, please stay on the boardwalk to protect the environment surrounding the pools!
Crab Cooker Hot Springs
As the name suggests, Crab Cooker Hot Springs is the perfect place to warm and relax tired muscles.
To make it to the springs you will need to drive on an unpaved road where you’ll pass an easy-to miss parking area. Due to the unpaved road that leads to Crab Cooker, we don’t suggest visiting during inclimate weather. The springs are not visible from the parking area, but there is a path that runs about 200 yards from the parking area to the main hot spring which is just large enough to hold 6 people.
Crab Cooker is one of the most popular hot springs in the area, so be prepared for a crowd if you visit during peak times.
Travertine Hot Springs
In terms of natural beauty, Travertine Hot Springs is on top thanks to its incredible views.
Travertine is also popular thanks to the number of pools in the area, so if you’re planning on visiting set aside some extra time to explore and enjoy the different pools and the views they offer. If you really enjoy Travertine Hot Springs, you can even set up camp at the nearby campsite!