It is pretty quick and easy to find the Hot Springs Geologic Site after you leave the town of Mammoth Lakes. You won’t need a whole lot of time there, but it is worth a stop for some of the uniqueness and pretty views.
First of all, it’s FREE.
From the parking lot you get a view of the river/creek and can see some of the thermal activity. There is an informative sign. You can walk down closer to everything which is a 5-10 minute walk and is quite easy. On the way down we even saw a cormorant swimming and 2 non-poisonous California Whip snakes (I had to google it to make sure). That was pretty cool. The thermal stuff is neat to see too.
My one issue with this place is the lack of educational signage. Yes, there was a sign up at the parking lot, but they should have had more. There should be a sign about why the different thermal stuff look different. Why is one of them light blue? Why is this pond red? Etc, etc. This was a missed opportunity because like me, I’m sure people would want to learn.
Otherwise, it is neat and worth a short detour.
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