Real Spring Break

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel

You’ve hiked Joshua Tree’s high peaks, gone into its desert wilds, and camped under its starry sky. Now it’s time to enjoy a little R&R nearby. And by R&R we mean retro resort and really warm mineral water. Take a dip at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel. While it might not be a desert oasis, the springs here offer a chance to soak in natural mineral pools, with a piña colada! The spa, built in 1963, continues to maintain its vintage vibe alongside the Sunshine Café and Sports Lounge, an outdoor pool bar attached to an indoor diner serving American cuisine and beverages. Soak your bones in one of eight tiled hot tubs, with spring water varying from 90 to 104 degrees. From the tubs toast a view of the San Jacinto Mountain Range and, of course, do some people watching. The price of admission is $7 on weekends (cheaper during the week!) from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for day use, or 24 hours (and free) for hotel guests. Oh soak good!

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel is located 35 minutes south of the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in the town of Desert Hot Springs. It can be accessed from Hwy. 62 or  I-10. From Hwy. 62, turn east on Pierson Blvd. and go 5.1 miles before turning north on Palm Drive for 0.6 mile. Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel is located on the west side of the road. The hotel is dog friendly.

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