The Eastern Sierra is very interesting place geologically speaking. We have obivous fault lines that you can see in the Owens River Gorge, as well as the Tablelands plateau. We are in a vallley in between the Sierra Nevada range and the White Mountains. To the north we have dormant volcanoes (Mammoth Mountain), and other volcanic formations such as Obisidian Dome and the Mono Craters. All of this volcanic activity means that we also have HOT SPRINGS. Visitors can enjoy a couple of different experiences at either Keoughs or Benton Hot Springs.
Keoughs Hot Springs
The historic Keoughs Hot Springs are a favorite for many a Bishop local and visitor. This facility offers two pools: The large pool is 100 x 40 ft and 3ft to 8 ½ ft deep. This pool is kept at 86 – 89 degrees in the summer heat and 90 to 92 degrees in the chill of the winter. The Hot Pool is 15 x 40 ft with an average depth of 2 ft and is kept at a comforting 104 degrees year round. Make sure to check the website for days and hours of operation. There are certain times that it is strictly a lap pool, and others when it is fun for the whole family.
Benton Hot Springs
The Inn at Benton Hot Springs offers two experiences:
1. A bed and breakfast, with seven rooms and two cottages. There are three shared outdoor natural spring-fed hot tubs available.
2. Camping, where you have one of the 11 private natural hot spring-fed tubs. Tents and RV’s are welcome, but no hook-ups are available. These campsites sell out almost every weekend, so reserving ahead is highly recommended.
Take a tour of Benton, California – Hot Springs, Gold Rush and Hollywood by Local Freshies – “If there’s one thing to remember on a trip to the Eastern Sierra, don’t be in a rush to get to your destination.”
Learn more about Benton through the eyes of Betsy Malloy