Once a popular spot for hot-tubbing (swimming and soaking is no longer permitted, as it is no longer safe, and folks will be cited for jumping the fence),
there is a lot more here than meets the eye!
A graded gravel road crosses sagebrush and meadows,
eventually following the Hot Creek banks. About 3 miles
from Hwy. 395, there is a parking area and several trails
leading to the creek. Mammoth Creek tributaries are
the sources of clear, clean, mountain water. The warm
springs issuing from beneath the basalt lava table provides
the heating source. Along a two-mile segment of Hot
Creek, there are numerous hot springs and warm springs.
In 1973, two new geysers erupted, tearing holes at
least 10 feet in diameter, allowing scalding water to
emerge. Hot water activity has chemically altered the
rocks, creating beautiful, colorful banks.