Nurturing Nest Mineral Hot Springs & Spa (Desert Hot Springs) - Hot Springs in California


Desert Hot Springs is one of the most popular spa towns close to L.A.

The well-known place has excellent hot springs water.

Desert Hot Springs

Most spa towns in the U.S. look deserted, but it is not the case with areas near Los Angeles.

Desert Hot Springs

Photo by Chuck Coker - Desert Hot Springs, California (2016) / CC BY-ND 2.0

It is two hours' drive from Los Angeles to get to Desert Hot Springs.

More than 20 natural mineral spring lodgings can be found in town.

Indoor pool with Buddha statue

Nurturing Nest is a small hotel with only 7 guest rooms.


The exterior looks simple like a private house.


The guest room I stayed was small even without TVs.


An outdoor pool is located in the courtyard.

Outdoor Pool

The landscape is nice, but the water seems to be tap water.


Beside the pool, there is an indoor bath.

Both are clothing required.


The indoor bath is breast-deep.

The water in Desert Hot Springs is famous for the hotness, some artesian wells is around 160 degrees F.

Indoor Pool

Why is Buddha statue here?
Hot springs and New Age-like atmosphere go well together.

Extremely hot water is provided to the pool, and I could not touch the water outlet.

Soaking 01

The pool is large enough to cool down it.

On the other hand I noticed that the water input was sometimes not sufficient to drain trashed in the pool.


A Buddha statue makes a calm mood, especially after dark.


Generally I do not like the commercially made atmosphere here in Desert Hot Springs, but I love this small hotel in tranquility.


Nurturing Nest Mineral Hot Springs & Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California, U.S.


  • Type
  • Rule
    Clothing required
  • Chlorination
    Not detected
  • Water temp
    Up to 140 degrees F

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