Open for day use only sunrise - sunset
As of Sept 20, 2022, camping has moved to our winter campground (the picnic area). In the winter campground: max RV length is 18 feet; no wood or charcoal fires allowed (propane ok) until fire danger is decreased; there are flush toilets but no showers; food storage lockers are shared; price decreases to $25. Winter campground is subject to closure depending on snowfall.
Here are some helpful guidelines when planning your camping trip:
BEARS ARE ACTIVE so please store your food, drinks, toiletries and anything else with a scent in your campsite's metal food storage locker BOTH DAY & NIGHT.
There are no hook-ups or dump station in the park.
In a "normal" year: Camping is generally available year-round, conditions permitting. Our campground has 76 family sites and is on a reservation system (not 2022) typically from mid-May through mid-September. Make reservations at ReserveCalifornia.com. After the reservation period is over, camping in the campground is first-come, first-serve until Fall. In October winter camping moves to picnic area near the park entrance, and the max length of RVs and trailers changes to 18 feet.
Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in the provided food lockers when not being actively used or transported. Violators are subject to confiscation of food and/or citation. Please remember that a fed bear is a dead bear. For more information please read the on-line pamphlet “American Black Bears in California State Parks” at the following link: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/510/files/cablackbear_web_2010.pdf.
Day Use parking is $8 ($7 for seniors 62 and older) and is availble sunrise to sunset. If you have paid for pool admission, day use parking is included. Dogs must remain on a leash. Popular day use activites include picnicking in our spacious and scenic picnic area along the banks of Hot Springs Creek and hiking. Hikes vary from a flat and easy stroll around the meadow on our newly-constructed, ADA accessible boardwalk; to a moderate hike to a waterfall located on Forest Service land; to longer, more strenuous hikes uphill to Burside Lake or Charity Valley. Click on the "Brochure" link near the top of this page to see a map of the trails within the park boundaries.
Charcoal fires are PROHIBITED in the day use area: Districtwide Day Use - Charcoal Restrictions
7/30/21 Due to damage from the Tamarack Fire, the hot springs pool complex will be closed until further notice.
Once pool reopens: Use of the pool is by reservation. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and up to 3 weeks in advance. Make reservations at ReserveCalifornia.com and click on "Activities".
A reserved session includes 1.5 hours of access to the pool complex, including any restroom or shower time. You may not enter the pool complex before your session begins, and you must exit the pool complex when your session is over. If you arrive late for your session, you still must exit when your session ends. Please arrive at the park at least 15 minutes before your session to allow time for check-in and for possible lines of vehicles. Available sessions are: 10-11:30, 11:45-1:15, 1:30-3:00, 3:45-5:15, 5:30-7:00.
Fees for ONE SESSION are $10 for adults, and $5 ages 0-16.
You may reserve up to 2 sessions per day, if available. Up to 8 people are allowed per reservation. If you reserve back-to-back sessions, you must exit the pool for the 15 minutes between sessions while lifeguards are disinfecting the facility. Visitors may not remain in a pool unless a lifeguard is monitoring.
We will do everything in our power to honor your reservation, but please note that your reservation may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen issues such as: staff illness, re-imposed restrictions, equipment malfunction, contaminants in pool, power outages, lightning storms, and other circumstances beyond our control. Sometimes these circumstances require closure of the pool in the middle of a session, and everyone must leave the pool. If this occurs, visitors will be issued a full refund.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE
The way you drive to the pool area has changed. Arrive at the park at least 15 minutes before you plan to enter the pool complex to allow time to check-in and for any lines. Check in at the park entrance station to receive a parking pass. If the entrance station is closed (mid-week in Winter), then proceed directly to the pool complex and check in with the lifeguards when your session time begins. Display your parking pass on your vehicle’s dash.
The changing rooms are still closed. Please arrive wearing your swimsuit.
There are men’s and women’s restrooms available.
Staff will disinfect surfaces in between each session, including: door knobs, toilets, sinks, handles, latches, and other commonly touched surfaces.
There is an OUTDOOR shower, visible to others, for rinsing off. No detergents are allowed.
Hand sanitizer will be available.
As before, the pools are chemically treated - chlorine in the cold pool and bromine in the hot pool - to limit water-borne disease transmission.
In order to provide for a safe and enjoyable experience for our visitors at the hot springs pools, these common rules are in effect:
Pool Reservation Refund Policy:
If you need to cancel your pool reservation, call the park at least a day in advance to request a refund or go to ReserveCalifornia.com.
Same-day refunds will only be given if you or someone in your household has a symptom of COVID-19, or if the pool closes for at least 30 minutes of your session due to lightning, contamination, power outage, or emergency. No refunds for late arrivals or no-shows.
Fees for the hot spring pool use are $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 0-16) and are paid online when you make your reservation.
The pool complex is generally open every day from June through August. From September through May the pool hours and days of operation vary. Please check ReserveCaliforia.com for reservations or call ahead for current operating hours (530) 694-2249 – this may save you an unnecessary trip.
The pools are closed for facility and pool maintenance during two weeks in September each year. Please call the park for closure dates.
The pool complex is also closed for Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.
Finally the pools must close during nearby thunderstorms due to the possibility of lightning striking the water. Thunderstorms usually occur during the afternoon hours in the summer months of July and August. If thunderstorms are predicted by the National Weather Service for the Northern Sierra Nevada, then Grover may be affected.
During the winter, when snow is covering the ground, the pool complex will usually remain open. It may be closed during severe snow storms, and high accumulations of snow on the roads. The roads are generally plowed during the winter, but always carry snow chains and a shovel when traveling in the Sierras during the winter. Contact a weather service and Caltrans for conditions before departing.
Hot Springs Pools will be closed for maintenance Wed, May 19 and Sept 13-23, 2021.
The main reason for the color is the mineral deposits on the bottom of the pool. These mineral deposits are laid down on the surface of the paint by an oxidation reaction between the mineral salts in the water and the sanitizing agent (Bromine) used.
When the pool is viewed from some distance, rather than from directly overhead, the light that is reflected from the bottom loses certain wavelengths that are absorbed by the various color patterns on the bottom. The remaining light waves then pass back up through the water and are reflected at the surface. This reflected light is in the yellow-green wavelengths of the spectrum.
Hidden in quiet Hot Springs Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, Grover Hot Springs State Park offers alpine vistas of granite peaks and wildflower meadows. After taking a brisk hike or a scenic stroll, visitors may soak in a mineral pool fed from six hot springs. The park offers both the hot pool and a cool swimming pool, a forested 76-site campground, picnic area, hiking trails, and fishing streams.
A full range of seasons and weather offer the visitor the opportunity to experience a variety of conditions, from major blizzards to dry scorchers, from warm clear nights to intense, blasting thunderstorms. Winds of great speeds are capable of whipping through the park causing damage during any month of the year. Pristine clear, warm days can be followed by cold stormy nights.
Proper preparation for the full range of potential conditions can make a visit to the park not only safe and warm but also dry and comfortable.
Located four miles west of Markleeville, at the end of Hot Springs Road, the park is in an alpine meadow and pine forest at 5,900 feet surrounded by peaks that just top 10,000 feet.
The temperature can vary greatly over the course of a year and even during the course of a month.
Winter months generally fall into three types of weather patterns.
Clear and very cold: -5 to 20 degrees F.
Light to very heavy snow storms: 22 to 34 degrees F.
Sleet and rain at higher temperatures and clear or partly cloudy and rather warm: 35 to 50 degrees F.
There may be one to four feet of snow on the ground.
Late Spring and early Summer are the best weather months with very clear skies and warm to hot days, 66 to 95 degrees F., with cool to cold nights 24 to 45 degrees F.
Later Summer features very warm mornings, 68 to 83 degrees F., with afternoon thunder storms and comfortable to slightly cool evenings, 31 to 45 degrees F.
Fall is progressively cooling with mildly warm days, 45 to 77 degrees F., and freezing nights 20 to 36 degrees F. and increasing storm activity towards winter.
Early Fall storms are can be rain, turning to or snow later in the year.