July 14, 2008 2:30 PM

Shhh..It's a secret: Mono Hot Springs

My mother came up to visit me last week and wanted to go camping somewhere we haven't been before. So I started browsing online for places. I discovered Mono Hot Springs, how could I go wrong with the name hot springs in the title? It's located in the western side of the sierra east of Fresno. This is one of the best places I've been camping for several reasons. Besides there being an abundance of natural hot springs, the location was beautiful. The forest looked healthy, the rivers and lakes were beautiful and we were in the middle of no where. I love Yosemite, don't doubt that, but being surrounded by masses of people while you're trying to enjoy the outdoors can get old. This area had lots to do, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boat rentals, kayaking, backpacking, hot springs, spectacular views and it wasnt very crowded.

One of the reasons is probably because you have to drive on a one way 17 mile road that takes an hour. There are several places to stay when you visit. Mono hot springs has cabins, tent cabins, and a usfs campground. Down the road a few miles are two more usfs campgrounds, ward lake and jackass meadow. We stayed at jackass meadow because mono was booked. Mono is nice because it is so close to the hot springs, but the campsites were more crowded and closer together. Jackass meadows was perfect because we got in no problem without a reservation, and the campsites were large and well spaced apart. I've posted some photos off the Internet because well...I forgot my camera. So if you're looking for a new place to go explore this summer I highly recommend these areas.

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Hello, I am thinking of going in sept. Do you have any more pictures. I would love to see them. Thanks Lott


Posted by lott | 2008-08-24

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