Hot Springs in California

December 30, 2015


Natural California Hot Springs

***GROVER HOT SPRINGS POOL FACILITY HOURS 2015-2016***

The hot springs pool facility operating hours are as follows:
-Sept. 11th through late spring of 2016 . CLOSED: every Wednesday / OPEN: 10 am to 7 pm Thursdays through Tuesdays.
-We'll also be CLOSED . Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
-The pool hours on Christmas Eve (12/24) will be 10 am to 5 pm.

***2015/16 WINTER CAMPING UDATE***

Our winter campground is now OPEN. The picnic area is currently available for camping on a first-come, first-serve basis (our summer campground is closed until late April). Due to very limited space, we only accommodate tents, motorhomes up to 18 feet long, and trailers up to 18 feet long (as measured from the rear bumper of the vehicle to the rear bumper of the trailer). Fees for the winter camping area are $25 per night, which includes one vehicle and up to 8 people. Any extra vehicles are $8 per night. During the winter we typically have snow and temperatures at night may get down to below 0° Fahrenheit. Hot springs use is an additional per person fee.

PLEASE NOTE:

Bears are still active so please store your food, drinks, toiletries and anything else with a scent in your campsite's metal food storage locker BOTH DAY & NIGHT.

Grover Hot Springs State Park is located on the east side of the Sierra at the edge of the Great Basin Province, characterized by open pine forest, and sagebrush and meadows. The park has a pool complex with a hot pool and a swimming pool hot springs, a campground, picnic area and hiking trails.

A full range of seasons and weather offer the visitor the opportunity to experience a variety of conditions, from major blizzards to dry scorchers, from warm clear nights to intense, blasting thunderstorms. Winds of great speeds are capable of whipping through the park causing damage during any month of the year. Pristine clear, warm days can be followed by cold stormy nights.

Proper preparation for the full range of potential conditions can make a visit to the park not only safe and warm but also dry and comfortable.

Location/Directions

Located four miles west of Markleeville, at the end of Hot Springs Road, the park is in an alpine meadow and pine forest at 5, 900 feet surrounded by peaks that just top 10, 000 feet.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing

The temperature can vary greatly over the course of a year and even during the course of a month.

Winter months generally fall into three types of weather patterns.

Clear and very cold: -5 to 20 degrees F.

Light to very heavy snow storms: 22 to 34 degrees F.

Sleet and rain at higher temperatures and clear or partly cloudy and rather warm: 35 to 50 degrees F.

There may be one to four feet of snow on the ground.

Late Spring and early Summer are the best weather months with very clear skies and warm to hot days, 66 to 95 degrees F., with cool to cold nights 24 to 45 degrees F.

Later Summer features very warm mornings, 68 to 83 degrees F., with afternoon thunder storms and comfortable to slightly cool evenings, 31 to 45 degrees F.

Fall is progressively cooling with mildly warm days, 45 to 77 degrees F., and freezing nights 20 to 36 degrees F. and increasing storm activity towards winter.

Early Fall storms are can be rain, turning to or snow later in the year.

Food Storage Locker Information

Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in the provided food lockers when not being actively used or transported. Violators are subject to confiscation of food and/or citation. Please remember that a fed bear is a dead bear. For more information please read the on-line pamphlet “American Black Bears in California State Parks” at the following link:

Why are the Hot Springs Green?

The main reason for the color is the mineral deposits on the bottom of the pool. These mineral deposits are laid down on the surface of the paint by an oxidation reaction between the mineral salts in the water and the sanitizing agent (Bromine) used.

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