Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs

Healing hot mineral waters are discovered in 1913 at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains. Almost 100 years later, “California’s Spa City” attracts visitors globally. Water naturally heated underground to as much as 180 degrees has resulted in more than two dozen spas and spa hotels, including the celebrity-studded Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, soothing Miracle Springs Resort, and DogSpa and Wellness Center, for traveling with your pup.

People are drawn to the small-town atmosphere, award-winning tap water, proximity to Joshua Tree National Park, and stunning elevated views of Palm Springs, causing the population to double in the 1980s. Desert Hot Springs’ annual spa tour and holiday parade are two of the area’s favorite events.

Healing hot mineral waters are discovered in 1913 at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains. Almost 100 years later, “California’s Spa City” attracts visitors globally. Water naturally heated underground to as much as 180 degrees has resulted in more than two dozen spas and spa hotels, including the celebrity-studded Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, soothing Miracle Springs Resort, and DogSpa and Wellness Center, for traveling with your pup.

People are drawn to the small-town atmosphere, award-winning tap water, proximity to Joshua Tree National Park, and stunning elevated views of Palm Springs, causing the population to double in the 1980s. Desert Hot Springs’ annual spa tour and holiday parade are two of the area’s favorite events.

Tips & Fast Facts

  • Pioneer Cabot Yerxa worked on his residence, now Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, until his death in 1965. Today, daily tours are offered of the hand-crafted home.
  • The San Andreas Fault separates Desert Hot Springs (which is on the North American Plate) from other area cities, which are on the Pacific Plate.
  • Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa was featured in the 1992 movie The Player.
  • Spas listed on Tripadvisor’s list of top 10 Best Hidden Gems include El Morocco Inn & Spa, Living Waters Spa, and Sagewater Spa.

Timeline

1913 — Homesteader Cabot Yerxa discovers hot water on Miracle Hill.

1937 — The first scientific analysis of Desert Hot Springs’ water confirms its therapeutic value.

1941 — Desert Hot Springs is founded by L.W. Coffee.

1963 — The area is incorporated as a city, with 1000 residents.

1965 — Cabot’s Pueblo Museum is designated a state historical site.

1999 — Desert Hot Springs High School opens, and the city’s tap water wins its first award in an international competition.

 

source: Palm Springs Life