Grover Hot Springs State Park, Markleeville

#237 of 610 in Nature in California
State Park · Nature / Park
Grover Hot Springs State Park is a state park of California, USA, containing natural hot springs on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Park amenities include a swimming pool complex fed by the hot springs, as well as a campground, picnic area, and hiking trails. The 553acre park was established in 1959.
Named for Alvin M Grover on whose homestead the springs are situated and was county assessor.
Grover Hot Springs State Park is located at 5900ft in the northern Sierra Nevada, at the edge of the Great Basin. Vegetation consists mainly of pine forest, sagebrush, and open meadows. The park is open all year allowing visitors to experience a variety of weather conditions, from major blizzards to dry days, from warm clear nights to intense, blasting thunderstorms. Winds of great speed coming off the mountains are capable of whipping through the park causing damage during any month of the year.
The mineral deposits on the bottom of the pool cause refracted light to lose certain wavelengths; a distinct yellow-green hue is noticeable. These mineral deposits are laid down on the bottom by an oxidation reaction between the mineral salts in the water and the bromine used as a sanitizing agent. The pool complex is generally open every day (except Wednesday) from June through August for public wading. The pools close during nearby thunderstorms due to the possibility of lightning striking the water. During the winter, the pool complex will usually remain open.
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  • Tent camped for two nights and visited the hot springs both days. Beautiful sites in nature with plenty of space, expect visits from the local birds and chipmunks, bear boxes also provided. Clean...  more »
  • You must get online and reserve a 90-minute timeslot, and pay the $10 fee. If a thunderstorm show up and they see lightening in the distance, pool closed for 30 min.  more »
  • My family and friends from church reserved some spots for the weekend. We had a great time. There is a water fall you can hike to and a stream to swim and fish at. There was a bathroom next to our camp. It had sinks outside to wash your clothes, toilets and showers. They have bear boxes at every site and rocks to have a fire. They also have a pool and hot springs you can pay to go in but we did not go there.
  • The hike to the waterfall is fairly easy until the last 200 yards. To get to the most scenic overlook of the Falls, you climb up over a mound of boulders. Very beautiful!

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