Monday, September 25, 2023


BLM Hot Spring – a brief soak or longer stay

By Julianne G. Crane

Hot Spring BLM sign. (Julianne G. Crane)

For those traveling to, or from, Quartzsite — a funky, and oh-so-relaxing, short stop consider the soaking pools at the BLM’s Hot Spring LTVA between Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif.

The Hot Spring Long Term Visiting Area sits on Bureau of Land Management property adjacent to I-8 near Holtville, Calif.

It boasts an “historic and still active hot spring” that attracts both “local and winter visitors” who come to dry camp and soak in the soothing waters.

Most of those winter visitors are RVers, from Canada and other up-north locations, who are escaping the bitter cold and snow for the milder climate of the southwest desert along the Colorado River.

RVer Jimmy Smith  (Julianne G. Crane)

BLM’s Hot Spring boasts two small soaking pools that may be a bit crude for some tastes, however, both are continuously feed by natural springs. The larger of the two is quite warm at 105-degrees. There is an adjacent rainbow-type shower for visitors to rinse off both before and after soaking. (No soap is allowed.)

Many of the LTVA campers fill containers with the spring water to carry back to their RVs and tents for washing. (No potable water on site.)

If you go

Directions: Exit 131 off I-8 to Holtville, Calif., and travel east on the frontage road approximately one mile to the LTVA.

Hours: Hot Spring pools are open 5 a.m.-Midnight.

URL: BLM Hot Spring LTVA —

Facilities: Vault toilets are located near the Hot Spring (suggest bringing own TP). The nearest dump station and drinking water are in Holtville.

Costs: LTVA permits are required from Sept. 15- April 15. (There are two types of permits: long term and short visit. The long term permit is $180 for the entire season. A short visit permit is $40 for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase. Both permits are good at all LTVAs, and permit holders can move from one LTVA to another without additional fees. Permits can be purchased at any BLM field office including: Yuma: 938.317-3200.)

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Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Hot Spring LTVA sign; Bottom: RVer Jimmy Smith soaking in the hot pool (105-degrees) at BLM Hot Spring near Holtville, Calif. (Julianne G. Crane)

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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