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Travertine and Keough Hot Springs

May 22, 2010

Near Bridgeport, California on the east side of the Sierras, is an unusual set of springs called Travertine.  They are a limestone, built up into a snaking hill, created by a small spring over eons.    Pretty and a good preview for Yellowstone.  Lower pools are gorgeous, cooler, and mainly rock bottomed with a small sitting nook in back that takes sweet advantage of the hot source.  The upper pool, up the hill and with carpet around it for lounging, was too hot to even leave a leg in for 3 or4 seconds, until the spring was re-channeled for a few minutes.

Well known and easy to find, there are many signs for no camping and it looks like it’s enforced, although there’s plenty of level ground that would be perfect.

Travertine Hot Springs
Travertine Hot Springs
Travertine Hot Springs

I didn’t get any photos the day we visited Keough Hot Springs near Bishop, California in the Owens Valley.  An undeveloped little stream running down the hill, various hot spots, and lots of little pools built by volunteers.  If it weren’t for the industrial strength power lines running right over the top of the springs (way to go, power company – what a gross choice) it would be idyllic:  an open sunny hillside with a gentle, wandering hot stream and a view of the sharp Sierras.  Heavily visited, clothing optional, you can camp if your rig is rugged enough to get up into the parking area.  RVers can park for a few hours on the road and walk up.

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  1. Sharon Carlson permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:37 pm

    Camie What a beautiful spot it looks so smooth. We miss you, are you
    heading back down to Oregon? We have enjoyed following your family
    on your adventures. Love you Guys BE SAFE Sharon/Terry

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