Avila Hot Springs - Hot Springs in California

This is one of the hot spring resorts created by the failure of oil drilling.

Despite its excellent accessibility, it retains its old-fashioned atmosphere.

Good Old Hot Spring Resort

The drive to San Luis Obispo on the southern Central Coast is about a three-hour drive on Route 101 from Los Angeles.

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It was uplifting, like going to a resort along a scenic highway by the sea.

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Avila Hot Springs is located just off Exit 195.

Really close.
Don't pass by.
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The history of Avila Hot Springs dates back to 1907.

A well drilled for oil field development failed to strike an oil vein, and the geothermal water gushed out instead.

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Using the hot water, the spa resort began operating under the name Ontario Hot Springs at the time.

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Although renovations have naturally taken place over its long history, the area around the pools retained the atmosphere of a good old hot spring resort.

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Today, Avila Hot Springs offers day trips in addition to lodging options in campgrounds, RV sites, and cabins.

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All pool areas required clothing, and there were separate changing rooms for men and women.

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Strong Sulfur Smell

There were only two outdoor pools.

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The larger pools do not use natural hot springs but are heated by geothermal water.

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There was a water slide, suitable for children.

Swimming lessons were also offered.

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Around the row of showers was a small 20-foot-square pool.

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This pool appeared to be covered by a roof, but it was full of gaps and did not serve as a sunshade.

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The water looked slightly bluish in the light and had a strong sulfur smell.

No odor of chlorination was detected.

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Water was added to the flowing hot water at 135 degrees F, which was 104 degrees F.

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I enjoyed the freshness and satisfying heat of the water at the far end.

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Avila Hot Springs, San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in, Lodging

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 135 degrees F

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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