Located near Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs is indeed home to quite a few natural mineral hot springs. We stayed at Caliente Springs Resort which has a large pool, several spas and showers all of which are fed from the mineral springs. The water from the Desert Hot Springs Aquifer continues to be heated by ancient geothermal forces thousands of feet below the earth’s surface. Naturally heated to temperatures as high as 180 degrees, the waters are thought to have curative properties.
Twentynine Palms is a town of about 25,000 people located in the Mojave Desert on the north side of the Joshua Tree National Park. It was named for the palm trees found there in 1852 by Col. Henry Washington while surveying the area.
Joshua Tree National Park is the only national park that encompasses two distinct ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. It was declared a national park in 1994 when the US Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. The elevation in the park ranges from 1,900 feet above sea level to over 5,500 feet.