This little living ghost town north of Bishop was once a supply center for the nearby gold and silver mines that dot the surrounding hills. Today it’s hot springs are the main draw and with the abandonment of travelers’ services at nearby Montgomery Pass, it offers the only lodging, restaurant and gas station within a 30 mile radius.

Rusty couldn't wait to get to Benton.

Rusty couldn’t wait to get to Benton.

Welcome to Benton Hot Springs, CA, population 13 1/2 or at least that's what the sign says.

Welcome to Benton Hot Springs, CA, population 13 1/2 or at least that’s what the sign says.

'If you're looking for a quiet, restful location for a romantic weekend, you'll be hard pressed to find a better spot than the Inn at Benton Hot Springs'... Just read the lovely Yelp reviews

“If you’re looking for a quiet, restful location for a romantic weekend, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot than the Inn at Benton Hot Springs”… just read the overwhelming positive Yelp reviews.

The scenery is amazing.

Benton Hot Springs is only a 40 minute scenic drive from Mammoth Lakes with spectacular views of the Sierra peaks and White Mountains along the way.

My friends and I weren't really expecting to be able torelax in natural hot spring tubs. Hot tub reservations should be made prior to your arrival.

The Inn at Benton Hot Springs features 10 camping sites with hot tubs that are fed by natural hot springs. Each feature a private hot tub, picnic table and fire pit. Visitors can pitch a tent or park their camper or RV at the site. Foliage and Cottonwood trees separate the bathing areas where clothing is optional, although discretion is encouraged. 

My friends and I weren't really expecting to be able to relax in one of the natural hot spring tubs since reservations are usually required in advance but we lucked out. Even though all the tubs were booked for the night, we were there early enough to be able to use tub #2 for a two hour period.

My friends and I weren’t really expecting to be able to relax in one of the natural hot spring tubs since reservations are usually required in advance, but we lucked out. Even though all the tubs were booked for the night, we were there early enough to be able to use tub #2 for a two hour period.

The spring creek that provides all the HOT spring water to all the sites.

Fresh hot spring water.

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Pre-dunk

Pre-dunk

Our tub had to be at least 115 degrees when we first got there.

Our tub had to be at least 115 degrees when we first got there.

We didn't realize we could add cold water until later.

We didn’t realize we could add cold water until later.

After our short, relaxing soak, we drained our tub and headed back to Mammoth for some more skiing, hiking and eastern sierra fun.

After our short, relaxing soak, we drained our tub and headed back to Mammoth for some more skiing, hiking and eastern sierra fun.