Visitor's Guide to Desert Hot Springs, CA
There’s something in the water in Desert Hot Springs — literally. After all, the city is best known for its natural hot- and cold-water aquifers, which boast amazing healing properties thanks to their high mineral content. With dozens of local spas offering natural mineral water pools, there’s nothing stopping you from soaking up the healing benefits of these waters on your next trip to Greater Palm Springs.
Spa days in Desert Hot Springs are all about tranquility, wellness and relaxation. Most of the local spas offer several mineral water pools with varying temperatures that seem like they were plucked right from the “Goldilocks” storybook: hot, cold and just right. In addition to the thermal options, there’s a range of experiences available as well, from establishments where the therapeutic waters are the focal point to more plush environs where you can pair a soak with a massage, facial and more.
Each spa in Desert Hot Springs has a personality all of its own, too, making it easy to find a getaway that perfectly fits your needs. Wellness retreats, juice cleanses and yoga classes are just a few of the offerings you’ll find here. Some spas focus solely on mineral water pools, while others offer massages, facials and other treatments that both incorporate and complement the mineral waters. If there’s a special furry friend in your life, you’ll even find a dog spa where your canine pal is welcome to join you for a relaxing weekend.
The desert’s natural springs were first discovered by pioneer Cabot Yerxa, who found both hot- and cold-water aquifers in a spot now known as Miracle Hill. His impressive 35-room homestead, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, is a Desert Hot Springs must-visit to experience Native American history and culture through pottery, statues and other artifacts.
Another must-visit while in town? The hiking trails, larger-than-life boulders and vast vistas of Joshua Tree National Park, about a 45-minute drive from Desert Hot Springs. Here, you can spend a day exploring the desert in its most striking natural setting.
If you’re ready to rejuvenate your body and mind, it’s the perfect time to slip into the soothing waters of Desert Hot Springs.