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Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, Calif.

Even though these springs are located just a short detour off of the main highway, they still feel secluded and serene. From your seat in one of several pools, you can look out over a vast, arid landscape with the Eastern Sierras in the distance. At the bottom of Travertine's natural pools is muddy sediment that feels soothing underfoot, especially after a long day of hiking. Rangers and campers from nearby parks frequent the hot springs, which are also a hangout for hippies and locals who occasionally enjoy bathing in the buff. The springs are located on parkland, and camping is permitted along the dirt road.

Getting There: Travertine Hot Springs is about two hours south of Reno. Take Route 395 south of Bridgeport for half a mile, then turn left at Jack Sawyer Road and follow the dirt road for about one mile.

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