Coso Hot Springs

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Coso Hot Springs
Coso Hot Springs is located in California
Coso Hot Springs
Coso Hot Springs is located in the US
Coso Hot Springs
Nearest city Little Lake, Inyo County, California
Area 510 acres (210 ha)
Built 1900
Architectural style Hot springs
& Rustic architecture
NRHP reference # 78000674[1]
Added to NRHP January 03, 1978

Coso Hot Springs is a hot spring complex in the Coso Volcanic Field in the Mojave Desert of Inyo County, California.[2] The Springs are on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Coso Hot Springs lie within the boundaries of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS China Lake), near Little Lake, Inyo County, California and U.S. Route 395. They are near the Coso Mountains, north of Indian Wells Valley and south of the Owens Valley. The hot springs are part of the geothermal activity of the Coso Volcanic Field.


The springs were a traditional Native American cultural and healing ritual site of the Coso people, and later the Northern Paiute and Timbisha. In the 1920s it was a "hot springs resort." Contemporary local Native American people periodically have ceremonies at the springs.

Coso Hot Springs, February 4, 1920

See also[edit]

Remains of a wooden sweat lodge used by the Paiute and Timbisha people for healing rituals.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Coso Hot Springs: A Condensate Fed Geothermal Feature". American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2007. Bibcode:2007AGUFM.V54C..02P. 

Coordinates: 36°02′46″N 117°46′13″W / 36.04611°N 117.77028°W / 36.04611; -117.77028