Grover Hot Springs State Park

Phone Number

(530) 694-2248

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 27 Feet

Park Hours

Open year-round. Pools closed on
Wednesdays in the off-season.
Call for current operating hours.
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas day.
--No smoking inside the pool complex.

Driving Directions to Grover Hot Springs SP

Located four miles west of Markleeville, at the end of Hot Springs Road, the park is in an alpine meadow at 5,900 feet surrounded by peaks that just top 10,000 feet.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available

Trailer Length Notice:
The trailer length is measured from the back bumper of the tow vehicle to the back bumper of the trailer and may not exceed 24 feet total.

***HOT SPRINGS FACILITY HOURS (Updated 8/2019)***
Grover Hot Springs facility operating schedule:

Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

**Starting Wednesday, September 4th, 2019**
Grover Hot Springs facility will be open 6 days a week, closed on Wednesdays. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The pool facility will be closed for maintenance - September 18, 2019 through September 27, 2019.

***UPDATED 4-29-19***
The summer campground is now open to camping on a first come first served basis through May 17th, 2019. The cost is $25 per night, $23 for seniors 62 and older. Extra vehicles (more than one vehicle) are $8 per night. Starting May 18, campsites will be $35 a night, $33 for Seniors and subject to reservations. May 18, 2019, unreserved and unoccupied campsites will be available to people without reservations ONE NIGHT AT A TIME. If you do not have a reservation you may have to move your camp to another unreserved site if staying for more than one night.
Reservations can be made at or by calling 1-800-444-PARK 
The maximum length for trailers is 24 feet. The maximum length for motorhomes is 27 feet. Extra vehicles (more than one vehicle) cost 8$ per night. Fees are 35$ per night. Seniors 62 and older are 33$ per night. Maximum 8 people per campsite. Dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash at all times, picked up after, cannot be left unattended (i.e. left outside the pool complex where dogs are not allowed) must be contained in a tent or vehicle at night and cannot be a noise nuisance or be aggressive to other animals or people or camper will be asked to remove the dog and will not be refunded for their campsite. Campers with dogs off a leash will be cited and asked to leave without a refund. The campground has flush toilets, sinks and quarter operated showers (until July 31st, 2019). Starting August 1, 2019 the showers accept only “tokens” that we provide for the cost of $1.00 each. Campsites have fire pits, bbq grates, picnic tables and potable water is available nearby. There are also showers at the pool available with your pool entrance fee, but they are not private. Carry snow chains and a shovel when visiting the park, as we can have quite a bit of snow at this time of year. The campground kiosk number is 530 694-2248. Please call if you have questions or for information, but reservations cannot be made though this number. Please call before you come to check for unforeseen pool closures. The pool number is 530 694-2249.

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.

Grover Hot Springs State Park is located on the east side of the Sierra at the edge of the Great Basin Province, characterized by open pine forest, and sagebrush and meadows. The park has a pool complex with a hot pool and a swimming pool hot springs, a campground, picnic area and hiking trails.

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.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing

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.

Food Storage Locker Information

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:

Why are the Hot Springs Green?

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.

Hot Spring Prices

Prices for hot spring pool use are $10 per adult and $5 per child. We accept cash, checks (with I.D.), and credit cards.

Hot Spring Pool Rules

In order to provide for a safe and enjoyable experience for our visitors at the hot springs pools these common rules are if effect:

  • -- No running or diving.
  • -- No smoking, including e-cigarettes (“vaping”), inside the pool complex.
  • -- No food or beverages, other than plain water allowed inside facility.
  • -- Swimwear or cutoffs are required (no underwear, street clothes or nudity).
  • -- Children under 12 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of children under 16 years of age must have at least one adult supervisor per 5 children.
  • -- No person shall play loud or rough games and/or use radios or tape/CD players with external speakers.
  • -- For safety reasons, flotation toys, such as water wings, are not permitted.
  • -- Children ages 6 and under may wear a properly fitting United States Coast Guard approved Type II or Type III life jacket, under the immediate supervision of an adult.
  • -- If there is a waiting line to enter pools:
    • -- Holding places in line is not permitted.
    • -- Line cutting is not permitted.
    • -- All members of your group must wait in line.
    • -- If you leave the line, you must re-enter at the back of the line.

When are the Hot Springs Closed?

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 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.

Closed on Wednesdays in the off-season. Call for current operating hours.

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.

Grover Hot Springs State Park
Grover Hot Springs State Park is treasured for its beautiful alpine setting and alleged restorative and refreshing natural hot springs. For more than 100 years nature lovers have been drawn to the springs to bask in the warm mineral waters and absorb the pleasant views of the tranquil peaks surrounding the hot springs meadow.

Grover Hot Springs State Park image(Photograph by Mike Fuller)

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