Hipcamp host Paul C.
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1 intimate site for 2 on this private 20 acre hot spring, nursery, and wildlife sanctuary. Leave no trace. 15 minutes to Palm Springs, Panoramic views. Amazing hot tub. The hot springs come out of the ground at 108 degrees +- and pool temperatures vary based on how cold it is outside. Your donations go to the continued support of the preserve.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
No picnic table
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Paul a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Monarch Hot Springs in California.

Hot spring

The vibe at Monarch Hot Springs

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 27th, 2017

Monarch Hot Springs was amazing! Such a treat being able to stay so close to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs for such a great price, and in the middle of 20 acres of land with expansive views. And can we talk about that Hot Spring tub? So relaxing and detoxifying. Paul was a great host too! He hung out with us while we soaked in the tub under the stars. Cool dude.
Highlights of Monarch Hot Springs include:
-Incredible views of Palm Springs, the windmills, the mountains, and the desert
-Laying under the stars and the milky way while soaking in the hot tub
-Cool little greenhouse to hang out in
-Paul provided us with a few mason jars full of water
-Porta-potty on site
-Pitch your tent anywhere you want on his 20 acres!
-Easily accessible by car or van #vanlife

I will be back!!!!! Thanks Paul!!!

Taking a morning dip in the hot spring! So relaxing. Love this place.Pulled right up in our van and hopped in the hot springs!
Hipcamper Joe
Joe K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 27th, 2017

Monarch hot springs is an oasis. Only 15 mins to palm springs with great views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains. Just far enough out of town to feel secluded while you watch the sunset from the hot spring. Paul was great. 5 stars!

Hipcamper Madison
Madison K.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2017

Paul is a total chiller. He was incredibly accommodating and fun to hang out with while we stayed at Monarch Hot Springs. He told us all about how great this land is for detoxing--sweat out toxins in the Joshua Tree heat, rejuvenate in the natural hot spring pool, repeat.

We pitched our tent right near the hot spring pool (a short walk from the parking area) and took a midnight dip to stargaze. There's plenty of space for tents throughout the property and the ground is completely flat.

He's also working on a cool greenhouse that's already starting to attract butterflies. Make sure to check it out on your way in.


desert van tofu#tentlifeThe good life.tentview people mountain
Hipcamper Julie
Julie M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 28th, 2017

I didn't really know what to expect as we were the first to camp at this location, and was blown away by Monarch Hot Springs. It's an undeveloped oasis in the middle of a populated area, which is so hard to find these days.

From where you park the car, it's about a 4-minute hike to the hot spring. It reminds me of the distance you have to hike to get to the secluded spring at Travertine, if you've been. It's enough of a trek to feel like you've worked for it and you're away from civilization but close enough to not be a hassle if you forgot anything in your car.

If I could describe Monarch Hot Springs in one word, it would be refreshing. From the water (you can drink it!) to the natural beauty of the area. I feel so fortunate to have visited this place in its current state, and hope that when I come back it is even more rewilded than it is now. Thanks for having us, Paul!

Hipcamper Eric
Eric S.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2017

Beautiful hot spring tub that is drained after every use. The water is very warm (but not too hot), which means you can soak for hours! Primitive/dispersed campsite (with the exception of a porta-potty), so bring your own chairs/camp table. Two pool/lounge chairs are on site. There is a garden hose-style spigot for water, and Paul is working to turn it into a shower. The nighttime views are a perfect combination of city lights and star gazing. It's possible to drive up and park (we camped tub-side in my truck's rooftop tent), but you'll need a vehicle with a bit of clearance. If not, it's a very short walk from where you'd park your car out front. Gated property - we felt very safe.

Hipcamper Janelle
Janelle S.
recommends this listing.
November 5th, 2017

Monarch Hot Spring was incredible. Imagine the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere overlooking the nearby mountains at sunrise while soaking in a warm private hot spring. This is exactly what we did while at Monarch Hot Spring and could not have had a more relaxing stay. Not to mention, Paul was an excellent host, offering to help us with anything we needed and always being available if we had any questions or needed assistance. I'd highly recommend staying with him and am looking forward to returning in the future.

Enjoying the hot spring at sunrise.Enjoying the hot spring at sunrise.Enjoying the hot spring at sunrise.Enjoying the hot spring at sunrise.
Hipcamper Tania
Tania P.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2017

I had such a wonderful experience, there was no one around and we literally soaked for hours! The day was so beautiful and the sunset over Mt. Jacinto was magical I'm still trying to figure out if I dreamt it or not.
Paul is THE best host, he really wants you to have a good time and enjoy your stay. His love for Monarch butterflies was my favorite part about him and the fact that he also uses this land to grow milkweeds for them just made me fall head-over-heels for this place.

Hipcamper Sara
Sara L.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2017

Monarch Hot Springs is so cool ! The natural mineral pool is the perfect temperature and surrounded by amazing views. Paul was extremely easy to contact and explained everything to us to make our time at Monarch Hot Springs enjoyable. We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper maggie
Maggie H.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2017

Monarch hot springs was absolutely gorgeous! Getting there for a sunset soak is a must! The tub is beautifully built and perfectly positioned for amazing views of the mountains. The water temperature was just right and so clean feeling with out the smell of sulphur. Paul was a wonderful host, very helpful and accommodating. We will back!

Sunset soak Sunrise on the mountains
Monarch Hot Springs
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