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Hot Springs ???

Staying a week in Rancho Mirage and wanted to spend one day soaking in natural mineral hot springs.......My research is coming up with either very bad reviews for Desert Hot Springs public pools, or very chi-chi, spa type facilities that are very expensive and may or may not allow day use.....

We are not interested in massages, nudist facilities or new age treatments, just want a nice soak in the springs.....are there any others that locals would recommend that maybe are not shown here on Tripadvisor ??....We are hikers, so if there are some natural springs that can only be reached by a hike, that would be okay, too.........

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1. Re: Hot Springs ???

You've found the options. Natural hot springs aren't plentiful, and certainly not in Rancho Mirage.

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You may want to check out the "Taking of the Waters" at the Spa Casino. It gives you full day access that includes: steam room, sauna, aromatherapy room, two soaks in a private mineral tub, "serenity" room and access to the outdoor mineral pools and swimming pool as well as the gym. Last time I went it was about $40. It's available during the week but not on weekends unless you book a treatment (look it up, it's been a while since I've been there).

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Miracle Springs Spa, where I am right now, is wonderful. Clean. I think they allow day use at a reasonable fee. The restaurant serves nice food, has specials. I would not order the ribs, though, dry. But the fish dishes and the cobb salad are good.

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4. Re: Hot Springs ???

The Spa Casino Hotel in Palm Springs is the only one offering hot springs water that is not across the highway in Desert Hot Springs.

The reviews you see for the desert hot springs hotels are usually for hotel stays and not for day passes to use to soak.

We have been to many of those hotels and the Miracle Springs or even the Desert Hot Springs hotel itself is perfectly fine for a day pass where you just want to soak.

The more upscale Two Bunch Palms also has a day pass and may also have special discount coupons on a site like:

www.travelzoo.com which searches the world for hotel and flight discount offers.

There are no "secret" soaking spots in this area. They are all at hotels.

So just pick one and enjoy!!

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I think the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel is perfectly fine for day use. Day pass is only $3 on Tuesdays, higher on other days to a maximum of $10 I think. Check their web site. About 8 or 9 pools of different sizes and temperatures, one is a full-size swimming pool. They keep them all clean and there is no chlorine and no sulfur smell. Can be fairly crowded, but you can always find a place. As far as staying in the hotel, I have no idea. There are about 22 resorts in Desert Hot Springs with pools.

If you're willing to drive about 90 minutes, you could visit the High Line Hot Well, near Holtville, right next to Interstate 8 at the Vanderlin Road exit. Completely free to use, 2 tanks, one hot, one cooler, and a wonderful continuous shower pipe. Closes at midnight, but rarely do the BLM officers check on it. No hike required, you park just 50 yards away, but bring a flashlight as there are no lights. It's also noisy because it's right next to Interstate 8. But great water there and only a very faint sulfurous smell.

Also about 90 minutes away from where you are staying is Agua Caliente County Park, which is contained within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, so if you were visiting that park you could swing down to Agua Caliente for a soak. $3 per person to swim there. The water is piped in from the warm spring up the hill, but unfortunately they add chlorine to it. Indoor therapeutic spa pool at 102 degrees, outdoor swimmimg pool which is cold. Beautiful setting among the desert hills. This facility is closed in the summer, though.

There are a few natural springs in the region, like Five Palms for one, but they require hikes or 4WD to get to as they are on dirt roads or sandy roads, etc. There are also other resorts in Imperial County in the Glamis or Salton Sea area, but they are further away than those at Desert Hot Springs. A popular natural one is Deep Creek Hot Springs near Hesperia, but that is quite a ways away from where you are staying, usually has nudity and requires a 2-mile hike to get to.

Edited: 01 February 2016, 19:22
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6. Re: Hot Springs ???

Down near Niland (near the Salton Sea)are a few more places like Fountain of Youth, Bashfords and Glamis North.

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7. Re: Hot Springs ???

To be very clear, the hot springs mentioned by dez and sunrise may be more "secret" than the ones listed here on Trip Advisor but they are also much farther away from Rancho Mirage soooo now you have lots of choices!

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8. Re: Hot Springs ???

The closest free, natural pool to Rancho Mirage would be the one called Five Palms, near Brawley, but it's about 90 miles from Rancho Mirage, and it's on a soft sandy road so a truck or 4WD vehicle is required. The next closest free one would either be Slab City Hot Spring or High Line Hot Well. The pools at the Desert Hot Springs Spa hotel are pretty nice; don't know much about the hotel itself, but plenty of good quality water to soak in, kept clean, and only $3 per person on Tuesdays. Lots of people there including kids, so it's not a quiet, relaxing natural hot springs experience, it's a family resort experience.

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For the record, the Spa Casino Hotel and Spa have been torn down (!) Don't know what the plans are for the future.

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10. Re: Hot Springs ???

OOPs!! Forgot that the spa casino is gone!! Thanks for the reminder!

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