LONG TERM VISITORS AREA
Hot Spring is located at the junction of State highway 115 and Interstate 8, approximately 8 miles east of Holtville California at an elevation of minus 111 feet (see Long Term Visitor Area map). Follow the paved road east on north side of interchange to Hot Springs road. The LTVA is on the north side of the road (just as you cross a small bridge) and the hot spring is on the south between the road and the freeway (Interstate 8 ). This is one of the BLM areas that require a fee for a long term stay. There is a more isolated area south of the freeway also part of the LTVA. To get there you turn south (right) immediately after crossing the bridge and follow the road under the freeway along the canal. If you choose not to pay the fee you can also park in a separate area at the rear of the north section for a period of two weeks.
There is no water or sanitary dump available at the hot springs (see Special BLM Rules) but Holtville has made available a dump and water station behind the Imperial "DO-IT" Center hardware store on 5th Street (State hwy 115). There is a fee for this and is payable by donation at a collection box . Propane, fuel, food, ATM etc. are available in town. Garbage is disposed of in a large container located at or near the main gate of the LTVA.
The hot tub is somewhat crude but is quite hot and flows steadily (pump) from it's source through the tub and into a pretty little pond surrounded by palm trees and other foliage. There are also a few fish etc. that live in this pond. Most patrons don't swim in this pond but a few more hardy do. There is a makeshift shower next to the hot tub to cleanse yourself before and after. Some of the residents take containers of this hot water to their campsites for showers, dish washing etc.
To the northeast of the LTVA there is a large thermal electric generation station which can be heard throughout the day and night. It's not that disturbing though and you soon get used to it.