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Deep Creek Hot Springs
Deep Creek Hot Springs is located in California
Deep Creek Hot Springs
Deep Creek Hot Springs
Location in California
Location San Bernardino County, California, USA
Nearest city Hesperia
Governing body San Bernardino National Forest,
United States Forest Service
Deep Creek Hot Springs: the Upper Main Pool, fed by hot springs.

Deep Creek Hot Springs, DCHS, are natural hot springs located in the northern Mojave Desert section of the San Bernardino National Forest, near Hesperia in San Bernardino County, Southern California.


The springs are in the rain shadowed desert foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains on the Deep Creek fork of the Mojave River. They are in a large bouldered riparian zone, surrounded by a rich habitat ecotone of the xeric shrublandsdesert chaparral, montane chaparral and woodlands, and conifer forest plant communities.

The Southwestern Arroyo Toad—Bufo californicus, an endangered species, lives along Deep Creek.


Deep Creek Hot Springs, being located next to Deep Creek, provides both hot and cold water locations for bathing. The site is managed by the San Bernardino National Forest and is maintained by a volunteer group, the Deep Creek Volunteers. Water from the creek or pools is not advised for consumption. The hot pools contain a rare and sometimes fatal disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. Very high fecal coliform counts are found in the hot springs as well.

Hiking Trails

There are three main hiking routes to reach the Hot Springs.

  • Bowen Ranch / Freedom Trail - the shortest route at approximately two miles each way.
  • Bradford Ridge Path - 2.6 mile one-way trip from the south.
  • Pacific Crest Trail - the PCT goes through Deep Creek Hot Springs and can be reached from the Lake Arrowhead area, 6 miles each way.


2019 Deep Creek Hot Springs 4 Deep Creek
Deep Creek Hot Springs in 2019

The Deep Creek Hot Springs regulations include:

  • Closed to the public from sundown to sunrise
  • No camping is permitted within 1-mile (1.6 km) of Deep Creek.
  • No fire, campfires or stoves allowed in the Deep Creek drainage basin.
  • No glass containers permitted within 1-mile (1.6 km) of Deep Creek
  • Pack out all refuse.
  • State designation Wild Trout Stream, the Deep Creek Wild Trout Area
    • Limit two fish. Must be eight inches (203 mm) or larger
    • Artificial Lures or Flies with barbless hooks only.
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