Hot water flowing down from the travertine dome, worth seeing.
The fragile and precious undeveloped hot spring is hard to believe that it is located so close to a town.
Red Hill Hot Springs is located near the well-known commercial hot springs, Mystic Hot Springs.
It takes less than 5 minutes by car.
Dirt road, but accessible by normal car.
Even from a distance, I could see the steam and the "Red Hill" as it is called.
This place is private property, but is open to the public through good will.
No camping, clothing required.
Trash cans were provided, but to reduce the burden on management, please take your trash home with you whenever possible.
The parking lot was adjacent to the springs, with a huge travertine dome behind it.
Water flowed over a wide area of the reddish-brown hill.
I was able to climb to the top.
There was only one source and it was fenced off due to danger.
Measured high temperature of 154 degrees F.
The bright coloration appears to be due to a unique thermophilic bacterium.
Once the hot water flowed out of the source, it was stored in this pool.
It would have been a great view if I could have soaked here, but unfortunately it was too hot to enter.
The water flows down the hill, letting nature take its course.
In the process, it is cooled to an appropriate temperature.
Three soaking pools were set up in a staircase configuration.
The bottom of the pools was natural ground, so some mud would be flung about.
The surrounding area was partially covered with bricks, giving it a slightly ancient ruins-like atmosphere.
The bottom pool was lukewarm for a long soak.
The water was cloudy with a metallic smell.