Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California

About an hour and a half south of the Las Vegas Strip lies one of the state’s most serene and unique hot springs experiences. The Glamis North Hot Springs Resort is located in Niland, California, a small town along Route 111—an hour’s drive from Brawley and about an hour and a half from Yuma.

The resort is actually made up of two different hot springs locations—the main Glamis North site and the nearby Glamis South site. The main site has been operating for decades. Its smaller sister location, Glamis South, features clothing-optional hot spring pools.

The Glamis North Hot Springs History

Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California
Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California

The Glamis North site has been in operation for decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was a popular clothing-optional hot springs location. It was owned by a man named Bill (he preferred not to reveal his last name), who turned the location into a successful business. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 84.

Bill discovered the springs while on a camping trip in 1944. After having a blast at the springs and discovering that they were not yet claimed as his own, he marked off his own private area and established a campground next to it.

In 1968, he officially bought the land and began operating it as a commercial business. He called it “Glamis Hot Springs” after the family estate in Scotland where his grandfather was born—the name that he gave to his ranch in California.

The Glamis North property is still owned by Bill’s son, Don White, who operates it today. The current property includes two large pools and several smaller pools spread out over an acre of land. The main parking lot is located on one side of the property, with the entrance to the hot springs located on the other side next to one of the pools—the large, naturally formed rock pool known as “the Grotto”—which is separated by a wall from another pool called “the Cove.”

The Glamis North Hot Springs Resort is named for the nearby ghost town of Glamis, California. The former gold and silver mining town once boasted a population of about 10,000 residents. Today, it’s a few occupied buildings and a handful of residents.

A short tour around the resort

Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California
Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California

The Glamis North Hot Springs Resort is a complex of buildings—including a small hotel, cabins, and an RV park—located on the eastern side of Interstate 8. The hot springs are just a short walk from the resort buildings.

Niland is an extremely remote location. There are no restaurants, grocery stores, or any other services in the area. The resort does have a limited food menu available and serves beer and wine. Best advice if you’re planning to visit? Come prepared with your own food and drink.

Costs for visiting vary by season. During the winter months (December through March), rates range from $39 to $49 per night for RV sites, $59 to $79 per night for cabins, and $79 to $109 per night for hotel rooms. During summertime (April through November), costs are higher ranging from $79 to $109 per night for RV sites, $109 to $129 per night for cabins, and $129 to $159 per night for hotel rooms.

The resort has been in operation for decades but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the site began to feature clothing-optional hot spring pools. The resort today is a quiet, family-friendly getaway.

The Glamis North resort has been around for decades, offering a wide range of services, including RV camping, tent camping, and cabins. The resort’s hot spring pools are clothing optional.

The main site is located about a mile from the town of Niland and it is open 24 hours a day. It features a large pool, a large hot tub, and several smaller hot tubs. There is also an RV park, tent camping area, and several cabins. All of the facilities are well maintained and clean.

The smaller Glamis South site is located just 300 yards from the main site. It features three large clothing-optional pools with views of the Imperial Valley desert landscape. There is an RV park at the Glamis South site as well as tent camping facilities.

The Hot Springs

Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California
Glamis North Hot Springs Resort – Niland, California

The Glamis North site is much larger than the Glamis South and features a variety of pools. There are several pools at the main location where swimsuits are required—including a large swimming pool and a smaller children’s pool; these are located alongside the motel and RV park.

In addition to swimsuits-required pools, there is also a separate facility at Glamis North called the Hot Springs Spa & Gym. This building, which looks like an old gymnasium with a modern retrofit, is where you will find the clothing-optional hot springs.

There are 16 various hot springs water structures to rest in at Glamis Hot Springs, including two therapeutic hot spring pools and 14 private hot tubs. The temperature of the source is 160 °F, but it cools as it is piped to each soaking area.

The therapeutic pools and baths at Glamis North are chemical and sulfur-free due to the flow-through technology. Bathing suits are required as clothes.

By the water, there are restrooms and change places.

There are five hot spring tubs at this location—two small tubs (one for children) and three larger tubs separated into “family” and “adult” sections with a walkway between them. The family section has a capacity of 30 people while the adult section can hold 20.

The Glamis North resort offers five clothing-optional pools, ranging in temperature from 91 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also three private pools that are staffed by lifeguards who can watch over your children while you relax with your spouse or friends.

Other Amenities

Glamis North Hot Springs visitors can rent Polaris RZRs and enjoy off-roading on the area’s different trails. The less congested portions of the Glamis Dunes can be reached in a short car ride, despite the fact that they are not geographically located within the dunes.

Glamis North is less popular, but the pathways still have lots of nooks and structures to find. You won’t be completely alone, but you won’t have to worry about a swarm of other people trying to enjoy the same thrill you are on these pathways.

During your visit, Sassy’s Cafe and Sassy’s Gift Shop are fantastic places to buy a souvenir t-shirt, buy drinks for your cooler, or get a bite to eat.

Camping and lodging

Penthouse cabins, premium cabins, individually designed cottages, and “six-packs” for groups of six are available at Glamis North Hot Springs. All accommodations are equipped with everything guests require for a restful and comfortable night’s sleep.

Families that require a little extra space in their cabin or RV can rent a covered wagon, which is set up with bedding and transported to campgrounds. Most cabins allow pets, however there is a cost per stay.

The RV campsite has plenty of spaces, the largest of which is 120 feet by 55 feet. These provide lots of space for stretching out and relaxing, as well as setting up outdoor seating areas to view the sunrise or sunset.

Aside from their size, they are the only 50-amp full-service sites in the vicinity that may be used on off-road desert routes. There are also a few dry camping tent spaces close to the springs pools.

Parking is plentiful—there’s a large lot for the resort, as well as ample parking for the adjacent RV park (which is separate from the resort).

A bit of everything else

The resort has a small gift shop that sells snacks and drinks, towels, robes, and other essentials. You will also find two outdoor fire pits situated near the hot springs pools that are available for guest use if you wish to roast marshmallows or make s’mores during your visit.

The Glamis North Hot Springs Resort is one of those unique places that is perfect for everyone in your family—from young children to grandparents—who want to enjoy a bit of luxury or those who want an adult-only atmosphere.

The pools are spread out along the property but all within easy walking distance of one another. Some of the pools are fed by natural hot water springs while others are fed by recycled water, making them especially clean and safe for children and families.

The Glamis North Hot Springs Resort has a bit of everything for everyone. There are several pools of varying temperatures, each with their own unique charm and scenery. Some are fed by natural hot springs while others are fed by recycled water, making them especially safe for families with children.

The main pool area is lined with large palm trees and other desert foliage. A large stone fireplace sits in the middle of the pool area and is often lit during the cooler months, making for a very cozy space. The pool itself is a massive body of water lined with granite steps leading into its depths. There is also a grassy area in between the pool and the parking lot where you can relax on blankets or lounge chairs while enjoying a snack or beverage from the on-site cafe or bar.

The main pool area is located near the entrance to the property and features an outdoor hot tub and several large indoor hot tubs where guests can enjoy movies on large screens or just have a conversation with their friends and fellow visitors.

The Lundquists have also added a retail store where you can purchase local olive oil, soaps, lotions, snacks, beverages, and more. You can also rent lockers and towels when you arrive at the resort.

There are also RV campsites available for those who want to spend a night or two enjoying the hot springs. It’s a great location for RV travelers looking to break up a long road trip or seeking an overnight stop along I-8.

There are also several outdoor shower facilities for you to use before entering any of the pools. All areas have lockers that guests may utilize at no charge so you don’t have to take your valuables with you into any of the pools or tubs. The resort also has lockers available for use near the poolside areas so you can keep your personal belongings easily accessible but not too close to where your children might be playing or splashing around in the water.

There is also a very small store where you can purchase drinks, snacks, sunscreen, swimsuits (for those who forgot theirs), and other items you may need during your visit at Glamis North Hot Springs Resort. There is no Wi-Fi access available at Glamis North but cellular phone reception is fairly good throughout the area.

Unlike other hot springs resorts, Glamis North utilizes a reservation-only system, with fees of $30 per person per day for adults and $15 per person per day for children over the age of 3. The resort is open year-round, though hours vary by season. In the winter, they are open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; in the spring and summer, they are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The gift shop

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the Glamis North Springs, but for $20, you will receive a wristband that allows you to stay all day, access the clothing-optional pools at Glamis South, and purchase food and beverages. Children under 12 are free.

The resort is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the winter and 9 p.m. in the summer (they close early for winter in December and January).

If you are planning on visiting during the busy season (May–September), call ahead to make a reservation for your spot in one of the pools or cabanas. All pools except for the large hot tubs require reservations (the large hot tubs are first come first serve). Reservations can be made by calling (760) 343-9200 or emailing

The resort also hosts many different events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and charity benefits. The spa is also available for private events such as birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and company retreats.

Bottom line

The Glamis North Hot Springs Resort in Niland, California is a great destination for those looking for a unique and relaxing experience. With its selection of hot springs, healing treatments, and varied activities, visitors have the chance to explore, relax, and enjoy. Glamis North Hot Springs Resort provides an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway or an action-packed adventure, this resort has something for everyone. From mud baths to camping trips, Glamis North Hot Springs Resort is the perfect place to take a break from the everyday and explore the beauty of California.

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Local information

Address: 10595 Hot Mineral Spa Rd., Niland, California, 92257
GPS: 33.426093,-115.685725
Phone: 760-354-1010
Season: October-April
Website: glamisnorth.com

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