Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
Water Temperature
105.00 °F (40.56 °C)
Sensitive Habitat
No
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What better way to wind down than a therapeutic soak in a hot spring? The mineral-rich thermal spring water of the Sierra Valley provides an opportunity to relax in the tastefully constructed and well maintained pools at Sierra Hot Springs Resort. Located 25 miles north of Truckee near the town of Sierraville, Sierra Hot Springs sits on the edge of the Tahoe National Forest and overlooks the scenic Sierra Valley. In addition to the hot springs, the resort offers lodging and camping accommodations, meals, health and wellness workshops, and custom retreats.

The clothing-optional hot springs are open to both day visitors and overnight guests. Day visitors can pay for 3 hour or full-day visits. The latter provides access to the main Temple Dome Pool Area, located down a forested trail, and a Meditation Pool set near the main lodge.

With two pools, a sun deck, and a changing and shower room, the Temple Dome Pool Area is the main attraction. The Hot Pool is kept at temperatures between 105 and 110 degrees, and it is set in a geodesic dome structure that houses two additional small cold plunge pools to cool you off. Outside the dome structure is a larger warm pool that is kept between 98 and100 degrees. The warm pool and adjacent sundeck open up to scenic views of the valley and the surrounding forest. A dry sauna is also available.

The hot springs are open to day visitors until midnight and around the clock for overnight guests. A monthly membership is required, even for a one-time use, and this membership is transferable to Harbin Hot Springs Resort. Day use rates are as follows:

  • Required monthly membership: $5
  • 3 hour use: $15
  • Full day: $20

Visit the Sierra Hot Springs website for additional rate information and lodging and camping details. Dogs are not permitted at the resort.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Clean, developed hot springs overlooking a spectacular mountain valley.

Cons

None.

Features

Constructed

Number of pools

3

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

01/13/2020
If you ever go to Sierra Hot Springs stay at the Valley House in Sierraville just 2 miles away. The accommodations are better and the price is about the same than what the hot springs has to offer. A great place to stay! http://www.valleyhousestay.com
On Airbnb too-
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18247629?source_impression_id=p3_1578979432_5YO3hGEd%2BbreQ6iN
03/16/2019
We went mid March, the water wasn't as hot it was just luke warm (the main pool). When you check in they do let you know before purchasing a pass. A full day pass is $30.00 and I believe a 3 hour pass is $20.00.

05/28/2014
There is also a "Meadow" pool that is more secluded and quiet and in a peaceful setting. I really enjoy this spool. It has a sandy bottom. It is nearest to the camping area on the southeastern side of the property. There are also a couple of indoor private tubs on a hillside.
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