California Points of Interest

Hot Creek Geologic Site

Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action. Boiling water bubbling up from the creek bed, fumaroles and periodic geyser eruptions at Hot Creek attest to the chamber of hot magma which lies about three miles below the surface of the earth in this area. 

The steam you see along the Hot Creek drainage is created when water percolates deep into the ground and enters a complex underground plumbing system.  The water is heated and pressurized before it rises to the earth's surface.  It is believed this journey takes around 1000 years. 

Earthquakes can cause sudden geyser eruptions and overnight appearances of new hot springs at Hot Creek.  Water temperatures can change rapidly, and so entering the water is prohibited. 

Campground Restrictions
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • No Swimming
  • No Fishing
  • No climbing into the fenced off areas. 

Points of Interest
Big Pine Area
Hot Creek Geologic Site
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
Sierra View Observation Site

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Convict Lake 86 7,551 ft
New Shady Rest 92 7,804 ft
Lower Pine Grove 11 9,375 ft
Sherwin Creek 85 7,551 ft
Upper Pine Grove 8 9,395 ft
Mee Creek 28 7,552 ft
Pine Glen - Mammoth Lakes 18 7,773 ft
Sagehen Meadows 9 8,385 ft
Iris Meadow 13 8,382 ft
Crowley Lake 47 6,967 ft
Bald Mountain Springs 6 8,402 ft
Old Shady Rest 46 7,809 ft
McGee Creek 28 7,555 ft
Mosquito Flat 10 10,228 ft
Palisade 6 8,873 ft
French Camp 85 7,305 ft
Rock Creek Lake 28 9,722 ft