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Grover Hot Springs State Park, Markleeville

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Grover Hot Springs State Park is a state park of California, USA, containing natural hot springs on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Park amenities include a swimming pool complex fed by the hot springs, as well as a campground, picnic area, and hiking trails. The 553acre park was established in 1959.NameNamed for Alvin M Grover on whose homestead the springs are situated and was county assessor.GeographyGrover Hot Springs State Park is located at 5900ft in the northern Sierra Nevada, at the edge of the Great Basin. Vegetation consists mainly of pine forest, sagebrush, and open meadows. The park is open all year allowing visitors to experience a variety of weather conditions, from major blizzards to dry days, from warm clear nights to intense, blasting thunderstorms. Winds of great speed coming off the mountains are capable of whipping through the park causing damage during any month of the year.Hot springs and poolsThe mineral deposits on the bottom of the pool cause refracted light to lose certain wavelengths; a distinct yellow-green hue is noticeable. These mineral deposits are laid down on the bottom by an oxidation reaction between the mineral salts in the water and the bromine used as a sanitizing agent. The pool complex is generally open every day (except Wednesday) from June through August for public wading. The pools close during nearby thunderstorms due to the possibility of lightning striking the water. During the winter, the pool complex will usually remain open.
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  • A Good Introduction to a Hot Spring and Mineral Water Soak First, this is not cheap at $10 per person. And, it's not very “natural” in that it's two man-made swimming pools, one with cool water and th...  more »
  • I have been to over 100 hot springs in this country,and this is not one of my favorites.free flowing natural hot water does not need chlorine.You might as well put a hot tub in your backyard if you li...  more »
  • Bathing suits available if you forgot yours. Located in a snowy valley--first we took a hike up the valley in the snow to a frozen water fall, then came down and luxuriated in the hot pool.  more »
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  • This is a great camping spot and hot springs. The pools themselves are nice, clean, and hot (and there's a cold pool, too) but you really have to plan ahead to go here. There is a limited number of swimmers allowed in the facility at one time, so I recommend calling ahead of time and asking the staff when the best time to go is for your day of week and time of year.
  • Great location in the forest close to Minden and Gardnerville. Very relaxing large hot pool and cold pool. Camping close by.
  • Everything is great. Wish they renovated the pool design so that it looks more "natural". Be prepared to save local maps since there is no gps
  • Went there today, the cool pool was great 80 degrees, and clean but the hot springs was full of dead bugs, nasty. I will not go back.
  • It was my first camping experience in USA. I've not been camping for a very long time. The place is great, quiet and clean. There is no cell phone coverage, which is great to be able to disconnect from my busy life for a while. Just loved it... Landscape is awesome, beautiful mountain views, this place is quiet and peaceful.