Saline Valley Hot Springs – Death Valley

An oasis in the desert, that’s what we found Saline Valley Hot (Warm) Springs to be. Located in the remote reaches of Death Valley the springs take some work to get to. There are four routes to the springs. Two that are high clearance 4wd and two that are graded dirt roads. We drove Lippincott Road, a high clearance 4wd road down to the Saline Valley after spending a cold night at the Race Track.

Pointing the way

After making the turn from Saline Valley Road on the road to the hot springs we could tell that we were moving back in time. The were a number of sculptures along the road showing the nature of the springs.

More art along the road

Arriving at the springs, the Palm trees stand in contrast to the soft desert colors of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Ariving at the springs

The Palms at the springs

There is a large parking area and a number of camp sites to the south side of the springs. You can also head up the road to Palm Springs which offers additional camping and is know as the party springs.

Our camp site

Added by the park service

The springs offers a number of soaking pools that were built before the national park service took over the area. The park service has grandfathered the springs and they are allowing continued operation but now upgrades are allowed. There is a tub that can be used for bathing as well as a number of soaking tubs.

The Source

Small pool and bath tub

The main soaking pool

We found the water to be a pleasant temperature and the company to be just as pleasant. This is a public spring and allows nude bathing even though suits are welcome.

More found art



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  3 comments for “Saline Valley Hot Springs – Death Valley

  1. February 19, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    Nice trip. I’ve always wanted to take our 4×4 down to Big Bend and cruise around. Never been to Death Valley, now I want to go. Good job!


  2. Shaman Rawb
    March 17, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Great post. I am definitely taking the FJ there sometime!

  3. September 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Check out the website that I have listed. There are some nice photos and description of the area and what to bring and what to expect before you plan a trip. I hope to join these guys next May for their twice annual campout. Oh, and rattlesnake meat taste much like chicken. Trust me as I have eaten it.

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