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Travertine Springs

Jack Sawyer Rd, California 93517 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sun 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms

“Soak it all up!”

There is a strange, somewhat off-planet feel to the Travertine site. Because of the presence of the mildly sulfuric hot springs and alkali-saturated soil, little grows in the area. The result is a stark, barren terrain dotted with brackish pools, muddy fields carpeted with stunted salt-coated grasses and unusual-shaped mounds and half-domes of soft clay. Indeed, the name, "Travertine," comes from the whitish calcium carbonate crystals deposited by the mineral-laden hot spring water. There are several pools at Travertine, including a nice partly developed round pool on the high ground above the area, adjacent to the dirt road. A tad hotter than the lower pools, this one is popular with veteran hot spring aficionados. The lower pools are interesting. An inch-wide trough has been carved along the ridge of a mound. Hot water bubbles from the top of the mound and spills down the little cut to a series of four pools at its base. Water then flows from one pool to the next, cooling along the way. Naturally, that means the first pool is the hottest (an estimated 105 degrees), while each subsequent pool is a little less intense (the last pool, which is the largest and most shallow, is about 90 degrees). Because the Travertine springs are accessible and relatively well known, expect to run into people there, unless you come early in the morning or at night. The Bridgeport area is seemingly surrounded by undeveloped or partially-developed public hot springs. Another good prospect is the Buckeye Hot Springs, located about 11 miles northwest of Bridgeport near the Buckeye campground (directional signs five miles north of Bridgeport lead from Highway 395 to the spring).

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Reviewed by
bpar10

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 27, 2017
Rated 3.0

Pools were small but nice and warm. Easy to get to. Check out the Buckeye Hot springs not far away as I thought these were better.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
stephanie.geare

  • 8 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
July 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

Contrary to this description, there is a bathroom there, just no toilet paper or trash. The hot springs are nice and also pretty shallow. Some people are nude, some are not. Your personal choice. It's a nice relaxing experience, but be prepared to take a shower afterward, because the sulfur smell is not a lovely scent to wear all day. ;)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A Jaunt With Joy

  • Road Warrior
  • 119 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
April 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Definitely a 5 rated, especially for the views you get while sitting in the pools.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A Jaunt With Joy

  • Road Warrior
  • 119 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
April 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Free and open 24 hours, this clothing optional attraction is the perfect spot to visit at night under a full moon or meteor shower. Be prepared to share your pool with others, but eventually you'll have the place to yourself at night if you wait it out til everyone heads back to their campsites and hotels.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
morgandelia

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
January 16, 2015
Rated 4.0

So amazing taking in the view and enjoying the hot spring. Stayed there for about an hour from SLT to Yosemite, well worth it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ItsPhilD

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 03, 2014

38.248292, -119.204836

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Reviewed by
fmasias

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 06, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful!! A must see

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Reviewed by
efspensieri

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

Must stop here! Awesome place to hit into different springs. Watch out for the nude hippies.

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Reviewed by
tangocil

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 25, 2015

We shared the pools with 4 others, but we each had our own little spot so worked out fine. The pools are shallow so need space to stretch out. When you park you will see one pool near the road (also near the potty), just walk out on the path some and you'll find the other pools.

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Reviewed by
Sue Wright

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 01, 2015
Rated 4.0

Please,please, please people..if you are going to DO IT in the Hot Springs, choose one that has a little more privacy. Not the location right next to the parking lot! Gee-rosss....what a buzz-kill. My daughter and I WERE excited to see nature....I guess we got more than we bargained for?! {:-/

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Travertine Springs

Jack Sawyer Rd
California
93517 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Free Parking
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