Shoshone Inn - Hot Springs in California

Convenient hot spring inn as a base for Death Valley travel.

The water was lukewarm, which was nice in the extreme desert climate.

Family-owned and operated for generations

Shoshone, California, is a hamlet of about 20 people located one mile from the southeastern entrance to Death Valley National Park.

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It is located at the three-way intersection of State Route 127 from Tecopa Hot Springs to Death Valley Junction and State Route 178 leading to Pahrump, Nevada.

ReferenceTecopa Hot Springs Resort - Hot Springs in California

The private pools are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Music started next to the bath house. A kind of resort I climbed up a small hill at the center of Tecopa. From the white cross at the top, there was a 360-degree panorama. Buildings and RV cars looked like ...

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It looks like a typical rural scene with a Chevron and a general store, but it deserves attention.

There are hot springs here.

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The settlement has been maintained and managed exclusively by the Brown-Fairbanks family since its establishment in 1910.

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The family has a wide range of businesses, including the Shoshone Inn, a 17-room hotel.

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Behind the reception area was a kitchen that could be used freely.

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The guestroom equipped with a microwave and a refrigerator.

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The price seemed a little high due to the easy access to Death Valley National Park, but the accommodations were satisfactory.

Pool with the ultimate in simplicity

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Shoshone Inn guests are given a key to the hot spring pool, which is located approximately 0.3 miles away.

Available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but only until 2:00 p.m. on Fridays for cleaning.

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It was located across the street from an RV park/campground owned by the same family.

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I drove there because it was a bit far, but the area around the park was well-maintained like a park and it looked fun to walk around.

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Shoshone Spring, a beautiful oasis in the desert.

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It also appears to have a history as a mining town.

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It says Historic District.
It's for real.

Geothermal spring water was drawn from the oasis.

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The fenced pool was adjacent to the parking lot.

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The pool was the ultimate in rectangular simplicity.

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It was open and facing the RV park.

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Changing rooms with ethnic lizard patterns.

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The water was pouring out of a pipe beside it at a tremendous rate.

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89 degrees F lukewarm water.

In Shoshone, with its severe summer temperatures exceeding 105 degrees F, the water temp may be rather just right.

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The colorless, clear, tasteless, and odorless water, combined with the color of the bottom of the pool, was even mysterious.

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Shoshone Inn, Shoshone, California, U.S.

My rating

Type: Lodging

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 89 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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