Skip the snow this winter and visit the Coachella Valley to enjoy the hot springs that are a unique feature in the Whitewater River watershed. The pure mineral waters of Desert Hot Springs are like natural jacuzzies that are renowned worldwide for their therapeutic and healing powers. Resorts like Living Waters Spa, Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa, Sagewater Spa, El Morocco Inn & Spa or the Hacienda Hot Springs Inn & Spa provide access to the springs for a fee. Advance reservations are usually required prior to visiting.
An early explorer, Cabot Yerxa was the first to discover these curative waters in 1914. While digging a well on his homestead, he first encountered a spring of hot mineral water and then, digging just a little further away, a spring of cold mineral water. Knowing what a special find he had uncovered, he named his homestead Miracle Hill.
Yerxa was also an architect, artist, and art collector and designed a special building to showcase artwork of his own and from his collections as well as Native American art. The “Pueblo” is a form of art in itself; with Hopi-inspired architecture, reclaimed materials and hand-made bricks.
While in Desert Hot Springs, the Cabot Pueblo Museum is a must-see attraction for kids and adults alike for an education on the region and the mineral springs and the man who discovered them.
You can obtain tickets for the Cabot Pueblo Museum online. Group and audio tours are also available.