Coso Hot Springs


By: Harry Melts


A scheduled Sierra Club trip into the Coso thermal areas inside the Naval Reservation took place April 21st under the leadership of Sparky Wilson. 58 people turned out to see the area. It was surprising to view the extant of thermal activity over such a large area! The colorful Devil's Kitchen had a multitude of fumaroles and bubbling water pools. Several miles further we visited an area of hot springs and steam vents around a once thriving bathing resort of Indians, called Coso Hot Springs. The group also visited an obsidian cliff in another part of the reservation where "Snowflake Black Obsidian" could be found. A truly fascinating place to visit! Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Navy Security Officer in China Lake. A minimum of two cars are required to obtain a permit.

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