Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
Water Temperature
105.00 °F (40.56 °C)
Sensitive Habitat
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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.

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Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Clean, developed hot springs overlooking a spectacular mountain valley.





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Story checks out! ;) I was able to visit Sierra Hot Springs with some friends on NYE day and it was marvelous. If you're in the area definitely check it out. Show up with an open mind and ready to have some relaxing hot spring time.

Be aware that there is a short walk from the parking lot to the main pool. If you go and it is cold out definitely plan to wear your clothes for the walk in. There is a changing room near the main pool where you can put your stuff in cubbies then go have a soak.

Another mention, around the main pool it can get icy in the winter so be very careful. While I was there one person fell (didn't get hurt) and at least 6 others nearly fell trying to make their way from the main pool to the adjacent silent dome pool.
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