The rugged beauty of Alpine and Mono Counties attracts not only visitors interested in tiny communities, ski resorts, hot springs, and granite peaks, but also those who want to disappear into the wilderness for a few days. Spread between Highway 50 and the Sonora Junction, this area south of Lake Tahoe will help you trade in the city for the great outdoors.
Sure you could go up to Napa and dish out a bunch of dough to sit at a spa. But for those who like their relaxation outdoors, under the stars and in a beautiful setting, we recommend scrapping a ritzy mud bath and checking out some of Northern California's natural hot springs.
It’s an age old tradition. From Japan to Iceland to the dusty backcountry of the American west, people have been soaking up the geothermal magic provided by wild hot springs since time immemorial. Interested in taking the ancestral dip? These wild hot springs will be at your service, au natural.
High up in Gold Country, about a half hour from Truckee, lies the little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Sierraville. There’s no grocery store, only one sub-par Mexican joint and another café that’s sometimes open, other times not--and a whole lot of cows.