Posted by: sunnyharvy | April 6, 2015

The Hunt for Hot Springs

When one travels through areas exhibiting evidence of previous volcanic activity, you just know there has to be some hot springs around. The trick is to find them! Thanks to Marianne Edwards’ excellent Shunpiker’s Guide to California Boondocking The Desert and Eastern Sierrawe had explicit directions to some of the best in the area.


At Keogh Hot Springs there are several pools to choose from. Since they are not far off the road, these pools can be busy, so we opted to wear swimsuits (sorry Jim R).


The hot mineral water helped Al’s bruised muscles relax a bit.


Felt pretty good to me too!

Later that afternoon a few miles north of Bishop, CA, we spent a couple of hours touring the Laws Railroad Museum. Laws is not just another train museum.  Located on the site of the Laws narrow-gauge railroad station and rail yard, the land, 1883 depot and other buildings, and the last train, were donated to the City of Bishop by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1960. At the museum they are preserving and sharing the history of the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra on 11 acres of open air exhibits.


The original post office for the town of Laws.


A track-side water well plus oil and water tanks.



The original 1883 Laws depot.


I thought it was interesting that the sign on the depot includes my hometown of Glendale 270 miles away.


Engine #9 and a few restored narrow-gauge cars.


1883 train turntable, tired and no longer turning, but interesting to see nonetheless.



A horse-drawn oil tanker truck. Ironic?


See explanation below.




If this sign is correct, why has it taken us over 22,000 miles to get here?

After a night camped alongside the Owens River at the Pleasant Valley County Campground, we were off in search of more hot springs.


No hot springs here, but a good look at a segment of the 700-mile long California Aqueduct that feeds water to Southern California.


They say there’s a hot springs pool out there somewhere.


There it is… and what a view!


After some time alone, we were joined by a couple from Portugal and two young men from France.



  1. Oh, how lovely the hotsprings look.

  2. The hot springs look fantastic. I would love to share with two young men from France 😉

  3. I look at those photos and just imagine how nice it would be – I’m jealous of your hot springs! And that RR museum looks really cool – Richard was impressed. Hope all is well, love getting your blogs even though I often don’t have time to respond. Lois

  4. the last hot spring – that’s the one I want to go to!!

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