El Dorado Hot Springs

Along this path of healing and soul expansion I check out every possibility.  One of the things that I love so much is soaking in natural mineral springs. Let's think about this. The earth produces natural, hot, clean water, that has  wonderful natural deposits in it.  Count me in, if anything can heal, that sure sounds like it would work.

   Seriously part of the rustic charm that leads to a wonderful experience.

Seriously part of the rustic charm that leads to a wonderful experience.

On my journey from LA to Sedona, I had found an interesting place on the web called the Eldorado Hot Springs in Tonoapah Arizona.  Tonopah is a Native American word for little fire under a bush.

When I made my traveling companion pull into Tonopah, he was a bit skeptical. We had been driving across the Mojave desert and most places of the highway are little truck stop places, where you can get a good meal, and maybe some convenience store goodies(windshield wiper fluid, air fresheners, gum, 12 kinds of beef jerky, claw machine prizes, and pickles... always the pickles).

This little town at the exit seemed like the others. I, however held out hope. Luckily I did, as really just around the corner from a gas station and a run down burger place, is an OASIS in the desert. 

  Where we get the towels and pay the man.  I really love fun quirky places. This one is a true GEM. They offer camping and you can rent a small room/cabin if you are interested. Seems like it might be a fun get away weekend.

Where we get the towels and pay the man.  I really love fun quirky places. This one is a true GEM. They offer camping and you can rent a small room/cabin if you are interested. Seems like it might be a fun get away weekend.

  PURE BLISS .....

PURE BLISS.....

  PRIVATE SOAK AREA, WHERE BATHSUITS ARE OPTIONAL.

PRIVATE SOAK AREA, WHERE BATHSUITS ARE OPTIONAL.

When we arrived, (which is literally a minute off US route 10).  I was taken back by the cute decorations, which consisted of old cars, vintage signs,memorabilia, and a bit of this and that.  We wandered through the gate and went to the office. The owner and massage therapist were there.  They were so friendly, and provided a tour of the place. 

Apparently the spring has no scent, and is pure mineral water. It comes from spring that has been there for ever. It is 107 degrees, with a Ph of 8.2. There are camping spots, as well as public and private soaking. Some spots are small, some hold a group. Of course are clothing optional, best to check when you go, so there is no mistake.

  YES... this is out in the MOJAVE DESERT.... I know right?    

YES... this is out in the MOJAVE DESERT.... I know right?

 

When I saw the duck pond area I knew I found heaven. It literally looks like a tropical paradise in the middle of a desert. The lush trees, flowers and decorations make it seem  like you are on a tropical beach somewhere. The owner charged me 15 for an hour soak. Amazing, I could not believe my luck.

There is a large place to soak, and behind it they put an old fashioned tub that has cold water in it. You can move between the spring and the tub to get a more interesting soak(hot, cold, hot, cold..you get it). When I slipped into the spring every muscle in body just turned to mush. I kept yawning and realized that I was at once completely relaxed. The water is PURE SILK. Every joint and muscle in my body said THANK YOU. 

After I soaked, there was an outside shower to rinse off. Towels are provided as well.  I wish I could have spent more of my day there, but felt completely happy after my soak there. 

  They love their critters... There were chickens and peacocks(pea fowl?) all around.  I think it adds charm to the place.

They love their critters... There were chickens and peacocks(pea fowl?) all around.  I think it adds charm to the place.

I really did not want to leave.  I actually plan to revisit this place, and maybe even camp for a night or two.  I would strongly recommend checking this out if you get the chance. be good to yourself and take my word or read about it yourself at

http://el-dorado.com/?page_id=20