Sierra Hot Springs

About This Center

Sierra Hot Springs is a non-profit retreat and workshop center located at the cusp of an enchanted forest and a beautiful alpine valley. Here, it is impossible to resist the overwhelming sense of tranquility. 

For almost 150 years, this land has hosted popular hot springs resorts. The spring water here is as smooth as silk and the pools, which are open 24 hours a day, are a true experience. Within the last several years, two of the springs have been beautifully redeveloped. 
The Temple Dome Area is the main pool area and consists of The Hot Pool (contact info blocked)°) which is enclosed in a large geodesic dome, featuring stained glass and skylights. Complemented by two cold plunges this pool is also sand bottomed, with mosaic tile sides. Outside the dome, the large Warm Pool (98-100°) is complemented by a large sundeck and a Dry Sauna.
The Meditation Pool (98-100°) is outdoors, surrounded by rock tile. In this faux natural pool, you step down rock steps into a sand bottomed delight. 
This seasonal hot pool is ideal for enjoying the star studded skies. 
The Phoenix Baths (85-90°)are seasonal pools inside private rooms, and the warm spring water is drained and refilled between users. The Phoenix Baths also house our newly remodeled spa area.

As the Meditation Pool and the Phoenix Baths are seasonal pools please check our Pool Cleaning Schedule in advance to find out about any pool closures.

Body acceptance is a key component of Sierra Hot Springs, therefore all of our pools are clothing optional.

We have over 700 acres bordering National Forest land, so biking and hiking possibilities abound. 
During winter, nearby cross-country skiing is another attraction, and our location is less than one hour from major Tahoe ski resorts. 
Sierra Hot Springs is a non-profit organization maintained and operated by a group of resident workers. Our goal is to provide stewardship for this sacred land.

Whether you stay in the charming Main Lodge, the landmark Globe Hotel, or you opt for Camping, you are free to enjoy all of the Sierra Hot Springs facilities during your stay. Dormitory-Style accommodations are also available at the Main Lodge.

There is free high speed internet access at the Main Lodge and Globe Hotel either using our guest computer or bringing a laptop and accessing our wifi.

The historic Main Lodge houses five comfortable shared bath private rooms, as well as a five-bed dormitory. The Lodge, originally built in the 1870's, also includes an airy wood-paneled lounge with comfortable couches and a wood burning stove, a communal kitchen, the main office and a small store. There is also a massage room, a TV room, and located downstairs is our restaurant, the Philosophy Café. The Lodge is within walking distance of all the pools and also has a large lawn and front porch, perfect for lounging. 

Please be aware there are resident cats at the Lodge. The Globe Hotel offers a dander free alternative for those with allergies.

The Globe Hotel is located one mile away in the town of Sierraville. The Hotel has a large communal kitchen and living room area. The building was recently renovated and furnished in beautiful antiques. There is a large back deck for sunbathing and the Hotel is only a minute's drive away from the pools. 

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