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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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  • Folks on horses getting in the park from outside (without paying most probably), bringing in unleashed dogs to run around and chase and bark at hikers makes the park unpleasant to visit. They should h...  more »
  • Highly recommend a nice soak in the outdoors after a day of skiing, MTB, hiking etc...Or just go for a soak. Unfortunately, dressing rooms are a bit tight for the crowd that is welcome. They do keep t...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Wow! My wife (the swimmer) loves this pool and nearby campground. Set in an open meadow and walking distance from our Campground, a great place to relax. Yes, you are near (a few miles) Markleeville.
  • A Beautiful State Park. Clean and Well Managed. Awesome Campsites and Trails available.
  • One of my favorite places on the planet! Gorgeous setting. Forest service staff can be a little grumpy, make sure and follow all the rules!
  • An awesome and affordable local spot for hot springs. The state park treats and manages the water quality to ensure the hot pool maintains a level of clarity. The cold pool is refreshing. Prices increased to about $10 a person and I have not seen a season pass option.
  • I've been going to the hot springs for years.. absolutely perfect... SHHHH DONT TELL ANYONE...It has been getting more popular every day.