Beat the winter blues at Grover Hot Springs |

Beat the winter blues at Grover Hot Springs

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune file / Steam rises from 11-year-old Edward Murillo's head as the South Lake Tahoe boy enjoys the natural springs.

MARKLEEVILLE – There is a California state park that offers a unique way to help beat the winter blues and sore muscles from winter sports.

If you’re interested, Grover Hot Springs California State Park is only 40 minutes from South Lake Tahoe and it makes for a perfect place to soothe muscles after a day spent skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing.

You can reach the popular, natural hot water spa by driving on Highway 50 west to Meyers. Take a left onto State Route 89, which goes over Luther Pass. At the bottom of the pass take a left at State Route 88/89 to Woodfords. Take a right onto State Route 4 and 89 to Markleeville.

In the middle of Markleeville, take the paved road west for about four miles to the park.

There are two pools at Grover’s, one hot and the other cold. The hot one is maintained at a constant temperature of 102-104 degrees.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, pool hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, pool hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, the pools are closed.

The cost is $5 per person or $2 for anyone under the age of 16.

There is a maximum capacity of 75 persons allowed in the two pools area.

Grover Hot Springs State Park is surrounded by mountains, with Hawkins Peak (10,023 feet) three miles northeast of the valley and Markleeville Peak (9417′ feet) four miles to the southwest.

At this time of the year, it is a ton of fun for snow lovers to spend a day playing on their downhill skis, snowboards, cross country skis, snowshoes, inner tubes, snowmobiles, etc. Then, following that playtime, many of those same snow lovers, plus others, head for Grover’s to soak in the hot water pool.

That relaxing natural hot water is guaranteed to bring anyone’s fun-filled day in the great outdoors to a perfect end.

For general information, call the Park Pool Office at (530) 694-2248 or for pool information call (530) 694-2249, or visit their Web site at

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