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Mineral Springs

Desert Hot Springs Mineral Spa

The very word “spa” means a mineral spring considered to have health giving properties; a place or resort with a mineral spring; a commercial establishment offering health and beauty treatments through such means as steam bath, wellness, weight loss, relaxation and massage.

With three pools offering naturally heated waters rich in beneficial minerals, The Spring Resort & Spa is an ideal choice if you want to relax and enjoy the healing properties of natural mineral waters. Our waters are some of the hottest in the region. Our nutrient rich mineral water provides a high content of Sulfate, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium as well as trace elements such as Iodine, Manganese and Selenium. Guest with disabilities may enjoy the use of our mineral spring swimming pool with the use of our ADA compliant pool lift.


At The Spring, our mineral water is one of the hottest in the region, emerging at 170 degrees, it is cooled and fed into our three mineral pools. After an exfoliation, these healing minerals are more easily absorbed through the skin. Repeated exfoliation, massage and soaking stimulate the healing process, resulting in total relaxation and rejuvenation.

From stress relief, promoting the health of your skin and relieving pain to helping in the management of chronic health problems that affect your physical and mental wellness, everyone can benefit from bathing in these silica rich mineral waters.


The centuries-old hot mineral springs which flow beneath The Spring are world-renowned for their health and rejenuvative powers. Indiginous peoples to early Europeans have flocked to hot mineral spring spas for centuries to experience the restorative and curative values of the mineral waters. The practice of “taking the waters” for therapeutic purposes is as popular today as it was in the days of the Roman baths.

“The analyses of the waters in Desert Hot Springs, I have not found the like in any country I have explored. What has surprised me most is the mineral content of the water. It is a pronounced curative agency. It would appear to have qualities far superior to any waters known to me. Desert Hot Springs could be an important health center.”
– Dr. Broue, Australian geologist and physicist
woman sitting on edge of tub


Your skin is adapted to only absorb as much minerals as it needs, making soaking in mineral waters a more effective way to get these essential micronutrients than taking supplements. Not only can this boost your skin’s general health and appearance, but studies show that bathing in these waters can improve several skin problems. People with psoriasis may find that their symptoms lessen thanks to the positive impact that minerals have on the multiplication of skin cells, preventing the overgrowth that can lead to patches of flaky skin. Bathing in mineral waters may also offer a natural treatment if you have eczema owing to the extra magnesium you receive, and can additionally benefit a condition known as vitiligo, where exposure to sunlight reduces pigmentation in your skin.


When used along with physical therapy this may be able to reduce your reliance on painkillers. Certainly for low back pain, bathing in mineral-rich water combined with therapeutic exercises not only reduce pain, but also improve movement and quality of life significantly more than when physical therapy alone is used. However, improvements in pain scores are also seen when using this natural therapy in people with various conditions affecting the joints and soft tissues, with greatest benefits seen in the management of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While taking mineral therapy is a relaxing experience, which in part could explain pain relief, the minerals themselves are also likely to contribute to the beneficial effects seen. For instance, certain minerals play a role in controlling enzymes and hormones, which can influence inflammation that is often associated with pain.


If you have diabetes, heart disease or a lung condition, you may also benefit by enjoying warm mineral waters. For instance, a study showed that immersing in waters with a high mineral content reduces blood sugar levels among people with type 2 diabetes. Taking to these waters may also lower blood pressure and improve blood flow, therefore there are benefits if you have coronary artery disease or have suffered a heart attack or stroke. A combination of relaxation and positive changes brought about by increased mineral uptake may additionally improve airway function, benefitting anyone with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

While a trip to The Spring Resort and Spa can offer a range of potential health benefits, if you have any existing medical problems, you may wish to see your doctor before you travel to make sure that you are in good health to make the most of the benefits on offer here.


Cabot Yerxa homesteaded 160 acres here in 1913. On advice of his Native American neighbors, Cabot began digging into the granite for water. As he dredged deeper into the earth, the water at his feet grew hotter, forcing him to devise a complicated method of ropes and buckets to cool his feet as he penetrated the earth.

His first well, at 36 feet, produced crystal clear water at 132 degrees. A month later, just 600 yards away, he dug a second well producing cool, fresh drinking water. The phenomenon prompted Cabot to name his homestead Miracle Hill.

While the hot mineral spring water is heated in earth’s fissures, the cold water in Desert Hot Springs is a separate aquifer and it is also remarkably high in minerals. This is the region’s drinking water.

woman floating in mineral spring water


Desert Hot Springs’ water has been named as among the world’s best yet again, winning fourth place at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition.

“Berkeley Springs is the Academy Awards of water,” event “watermaster” Arthur von Wiesenberger said at the event, which took place in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, from February 21 to 24.

Waters from all five continents were among the 112 entries, and Desert Hot Springs placed fourth in the municipal category.

This is just the latest in a long line of honors for Desert Hot Springs’ award-winning water. The city won the 1999 and 2004 Gold Medals for the “Best Tasting Municipal Drinking Water,” as well as several Silver Medals and a Bronze in 2018.