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Dirty Socks Hot Springs

What's There:

At one time a nice county park established for the enjoyment of hot springs devotees, this area is now more attractive to migrating birds - and birders. (If you don't mind a little slimy algae, the cemented pond might be enjoyable still for some.) The small natural pond will often host shorebirds and other waterfowl. Walk to the north and look for rails in the extensive reeds. Other spots to visit on a birding outing to Owens Lake include Cottonwood Marshes and Keeler Wetlands.


Take the Death Valley Rd., SR 190, just south of Olancha, off US 395. Proceed 4.7 miles and turn north on the paved road to the springs. (DeLorme So. CA map, p. 39, B7.)