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Bowen Ranch provides the easiest access to Deep Creek, which are some of Southern California's favorite hot springs. The free route is 5 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, so the shorter hiking option (2.6 miles from Bowen Ranch) is worth the entry fee. Use care and caution. This is a sensitive area that has been widely trammeled by unconscientious users.

The springs are located on BLM land, but privately-owned Bowen Ranch provides the closest access. As of December 2018, camping is prohibited at Bowen Ranch due to overuse and abuse. Overnight stays are not allowed at either Deep Creek or Bowen Ranch. The owners charge a fair $10 fee to use their property to access the hot springs between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Plan your visit accordingly, and begin your return hike by 3:30 p.m. to comply with closing hours. Bowen Ranch may charge an additional fee for users who remain after hours, and access may be blocked by the ranch owner.

Those looking to camp nearby should look to Dogwood Campground, the relatively lavish campground near Arrowhead Lake.

Bowen Ranch does not include any amenities, and all trash must be packed out. Bring plenty of drinking water and other supplies, because the site is remote from any services. The day-use area sometimes fills up on busy weekends, so arrive early to secure your spot near the paradise of Deep Creek Hot Springs.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


2.6-mile walk to Deep Creek Hot Springs.


No amenities. Sun and wind exposure.

Pets allowed


Reservations possible



Hot springs
Picnic tables

Site type

Tent only



The information & picture on your website for Bowen Ranch /deep creek hot springs is not up to date & I was asked to request your site to be updated. G.Carney bought the property pictured as Bowen Ranch’s camping area 2 years ago & recently opened up “Deep Creek Hot Springs Campground”, a new campground facility with amenities on the property Bowen Ranch once used as their parking/camping area as well as 160 acres to the SouthWest(Closest private access only 1.75 miles from the hot springs, 1/2 mile closer than Bowen Ranch). And needless to say, the owner of the new facility is not a gun wielding madman! For more information, see website: www.deepcreekhotspringscampground.com or email [email protected]
Deep Creek Hot Springs Campground just recently opened up next door to the old Bowen Ranch, so hikers can come park without fear of a gun wielding madman. The camp’s new owner, George, bought the adjacent 160 acres, which includes the trailhead & the area of property that Bowen Ranch was illegally using for camping & parking without permission from the real property owner. So, with the 40 acres of the old Bowen Ranch closed off with a 6 ft chain link fence at the property line, Deep Creek Hot Springs Campground has the closest access with the hot springs & trailhead. And it is a a way more inviting place with more secure parking. Parking at Bowen Ranch now requires a longer hike around fence lines also, so the DCHS camp is the best alternative for parking and camping.see www.deepcreekhotspringscampground.com
The man at this property is crazy, he pulled out a gun on my brother and his friends for being late to picking up their car. He choked my brother and would not lower the gun from his head. He ended up taking all of their cash and told them he would kill them if they didn’t leave right away. Stay away from this property.
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