Our Motel, Cabins, Campground, and Hot Springs are closed. We are cooperating with the Southern California Regional Stay-At-Home orders that went into effect on 12/7/2020. Overnight reservations for future dates can be made but may be susceptible to cancellation. This message will be updated with current info and status of operations as our situation progresses.
Tecopa Hot Springs Resort
The hot spring water that flows into our tubs is millions of years in the making.
Deep in the earth’s crust, hundreds of miles underground, aquifers are geothermally heated by magma chambers and the water is then propelled through rock with incredible force and energy. As it is pushed through mineral deposits, some of those minerals are dissolved into the water and when it finally makes its way to the surface, it escapes as steam and mineral-rich (and sometimes very) hot water.
Tecopa’s hot spring water is silky smooth with no odor whatsoever. At the ground source, the temperature is about 118 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the time of year. As the tubs are filled and we control the flow, they hover around 104 degrees fahrenheit. Our tubs are about 350 gallons each and are a flow-through design, taking about an hour for the water to completely replace itself, while maintaining a fairly consistent temperature.
Each room is private with a latching door, and is large enough for 2 to 3 people. Most folks soak anywhere from 5-30 minutes at a time. The indoor rooms have skylights to let in the natural light while you soak, while being protected from the (sometimes harsh) desert elements outdoors.
ADVICE FROM A HOT SPRING
LET YOUR TALENTS SPRING FORTH
REFRESH YOURSELF IN NATURE
KEEP NEW IDEAS BUBBLING
HAVE DEEP RESERVOIRS
BE WARM AND WELCOMING
BLOW OFF A LITTLE STEAM
Tecopa’s hot springs were likely discovered hundreds, if not thousands of years ago by the Southern Paiute people. In honor of the peacemaker, Tecopa was named for Chief Tecopa who lived here until his death in 1904. The first white men to use the springs was during the mid to late 1800’s when Tecopa and the surrounding area was occupied by mostly miners digging for borax, talc, and gold. They used the natural pool for bathing and washing laundry and it wasn’t until 1920 that the pool started it’s slow expansion into what we have today. First, the pool was made larger with dynamite, a changing room was erected later, then crude tubs were built, plumbing was put in, buildings and houses popped up, and motels and campgrounds followed. Today we have a close-knit little community of about 150 people and host visitors from around the world. Our water has even been compared to the famous hot springs of Baden Baden in Germany.
People have been drawn here for thousands of years to soak in these waters for good reason. Balneology, or the therapeutic use of mineral water, has been practiced for as long as we can imagine, long before it had a name. People across the globe have used hot springs to treat everything from Rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis, gout, high blood pressure, and digestive issues, among many other ailments. Some, if not all, have been studied with varying opinions made about the effectiveness. Unfortunately, the chances of being proven and prescribed by modern medicine seems out of reach. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add regular hot springs soaks into your self-care plan. At the very least, soaking in mineral-rich hot springs can:
Allow absorption of the minerals through the skin aiding in muscle recovery
Promote relaxation and help you sleep better
Soothe aches and pains
Whether your body needs recuperation after a hard day of play or work, slipping into a hot tub is the easiest way to find instant relief of body, mind, and spirit.
Looking for more? Book an appointment with one of our local massage therapists for a full therapeutic experience.
Karin Pine (760) 852-4478 email@example.com
Isabelle Nuckle (805) 540-0697 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Eldred (707) 701-1365 email@example.com
Of course, you should always ask your doctor if hot springs are safe for any conditions you might be treating.
Our hot springs tubs are open for overnight guests of our motel, cabins and campground at no extra charge
We are not offering day passes at this time.