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Miracle Hot Springs Preserve-the best kept secret in the Kern River Valley!

Miracle Hot Springs Preserve is located approximately 45 minutes from Bakersfield on Highway 178. Nestled in the scenic Kern River Canyon, we invite you to enjoy the natural rock hot pools beside the Kern River. Miracle Hot Springs once supported a resort. Now, most man-made structures have been removed and this historical area has been allowed to return to its natural state.

The hot water bubbles to the surface at a temperature of 120 degrees fahrenheit, and cools to approximately 104 degrees.

Miracle Hot Springs is a natural sanctuary, perfect for meditation and relaxation. For everyone's enjoyment, we ask that visitors treat the area with respect and refrain from the following: 1. Washing your body with soap in the pools. 2. Wearing street clothes-detergent residue pollutes the water. 3. Bringing glass containers. 4. Using radios which will disturb the solitude of the pools. 5. Disturbing the flow of water throughout the pools by removing drain plugs.

In addition to the hot pools, there is a day use area with fully equipped, handicapped accessible picnic sites. Fish, picnic, or just relax next to the river when you're not soaking.

There is a $5 per person entrance fee, which is used to defray the $5,500 per month operating expenses for the pools and day use area. The pools are cleaned regularly, refuse must be disposed of, and water quality tested by an outside lab to insure that the pools meet State of California water quality standards. The entrance fee is valid from 7am to 10pm, and is the lowest fee in California for regulated hot pools. Only 30 cents per hour! Group rates are available.

Miracle is a CLOTHING OPTIONAL area and nude bathing is allowed by California law, as long as it is low key and not lewd. Naturists are invited to come! The clothing required U.S. Forest Service Hobo Campground is adjacent to the preserve.

Photos-Click on a thumbnail to make them larger.

Miracle Hot Spring. John Nicholson, the director of Miracle Hot Springs Preserve. John assisting visitors at the entrance to the Preserve.

Mr. and Mrs. Kunio Kodaka with volunteer David Roland (photo by Ichiro Kodaka). Annelise and Doug, clothing optional. The pools at Miracle.

The welcoming commitee along the road to Miracle. Another view of the pools.

Driving directions: From Bakersfield, take Highway 178 east. 4 miles from Lake Isabella, take Borel Road right to Old Canyon Road. Go 2 miles downriver to Miracle Hot Springs. From Lake Isabella, travel 4 miles down Highway 178 and follow the above directions.

For a topographic map of the Miracle area, click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call anytime during our operating hours. Our telephone is (760) 379-4407. Should you wish to write us, our postal address is Miracle Hot Springs Preserve, P.O. Box 782, Lake Isabella, CA 93240.


For a much more comprehensive and detailed site on California hot springs, check out Steve Karl's California's Natural Hot Springs! He has topographic maps, too. If you need topographic maps from anywhere in the continental U.S. you can download them from

Or look at one of my other hot springs pages, Dave's Natural California Hot Springs,or Dave's Natural and Traditional Hot Springs of Japan.