Bridgeport, CA has some very nice natural hot springs. I had been to Travertine Hot Springs before, but I wanted to find the others.
Fales Hot Ditch is north of town and right by a busy highway. Fairly difficult to find, it was not very appealing.
Buckeye Hot Springs is a little easier to find. The Upper Pool is fairly close to where you park. Near the foot of a tree, it's a nice temperature, and offers shade most of the day.
To get to the main pools down by the creek, you have to go down a fairly steep slope. Several trails exist, none of them good. Did I mention I am not good on steep slopes?
Down by the creek are several pools, each a different temperature, under a cliff built up by mineral deposits. I washed off the mud and had a nice soak.
But my favorite hot spring of Bridgeport is Travertine Hot Spring. It's also the closest to town.
Hot water runs off a high travertine ridge into four pools, each a different temperature.
The water runs down into each of the pools from a series of grooves dug into the mineral deposit.
It's a great soak, and you get meet some interesting people too.