Hot Creek Geologic Site

  

Hot Creek Geological Site

Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action.  Imagine standing inside an ancient volcano!

What remains of the ancient Long Valley Caldera blast is a region of fascinating geologic wonders:  hot springs, fumaroles and craters.  Explore the ever-changing wonders of the earth at Hot Creek.

Boiling water bubbling up from the creek bed, fumaroles and periodic geyser eruptions at Hot Creek attest to the chamber of hot magma which lies about three miles below the surface of the earth in this area. 

The steam you see along the Hot Creek drainage is created when water percolates deep into the ground and enters a complex underground plumbing system.  The water is heated and pressurized before it rises to the earth's surface.  It is believed this journey takes around 1000 years. 

Earthquakes can cause sudden geyser eruptions and overnight appearances of new hot springs at Hot Creek.  Water temperatures can change rapidly, and so entering the water is prohibited. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. There is no overnight camping allowed. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Toilets,Parking
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: USFS

General Information

Directions:

From Hwy 395 take the Hot Creek Hatchery Road, located 15 mins South of Mammoth Lakes.  You will then proceed 2 miles on paved road and 3 miles on gravel road.  Hot Creek is located on the left hand side.


Accessibility:

During the winter months you may access Hot Creek by Snowmobile, Snowshoe, or Cross-Country Skiing. 


Parking:

There is a parking lot located at the site. 


Directions:

From Hwy 395 take the Hot Creek Hatchery Road, located 15 mins South of Mammoth Lakes.  You will then proceed 2 miles on paved road and 3 miles on gravel road.  Hot Creek is located on the left hand side.


Parking:

There is a parking lot located at the site. 


Activities


Bicycling

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Amenities

Toilets Pit
Parking
Interpretive Site