Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
Water Temperature
95.00 °F (35.00 °C)
Sensitive Habitat
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Keough’s Hot Springs is a classic hot springs and camping resort. The pool has a long history of people using its geothermal hot springs for medicinal and healing purposes. The creek that runs from the springs toward Highway 395 has been dammed by locals, creating several natural tubs or pools for those that don’t want to spend the money at the resort or who just want to take a quick dip to relieve their aches and pains after backpacking in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

These free pools have been cooling over the past couple of years, so get there while they’re still hot. They could warm up again, but no one is really sure how the warming and cooling pattern works. Public nudity is common here, so be prepared, don’t be offended, and try to make friends, as this is a very friendly place. The views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada are very impressive. No overnight camping is allowed here, and this policy is strictly enforced. Also, do not trespass onto nearby City of Los Angeles Property. Enjoy the free hot springs at Keough Hot Springs Ditch.

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Not Required


Free access. Vehicle access. Eastern Sierra views. Several Pools.


Water annually losing heat.


Clothing optional
Sensitive Habitat

Number of pools



Nearby Adventures

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California


We don’t know when it was put in but there is now a locked gate at the Keough Hot Ditch Springs. You can still get to them but no more vehicle access. Does anyone know why they gated it? We went 3/13/21. We’d love to know why. It’s really chilly walking back to your car after being in them. Also they have cooled for sure.
Cold wind and snow flurries didn't help, but all pools were warm at best. Quite a bit of traffic, but nobody stayed after checking water temp while we were there.
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