At Orr Hot Springs

I’ve long been a fan of hot springs. With friends, back in our university days I used to go to a place called The Geysers, an old hot springs resort, now no longer in operation. In recent years, in California, I’ve spent time at Wilbur Hot Springs. I like to soak in warm and relaxing mineral waters. It’s good for skin problems and for stress. A few days at such a place is a pause in time, a visit to another space.  This was my first time at Orr.

Northwest of Ukiah, in Mendocino County, the site and grounds are located in an isolated and forested canyon.

1_Orr_entrance 2_Orr_lodge

3_Orr_peace 4_Orr_flowers

5_Orr_gardens 6_Orr_places to relax

I parked Van in their car-camping area.

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I would have liked to have a little more space around me, personal space for a real campsite, but Orr is so calm and quiet that this was just fine.  I had access to the communal kitchen to prepare my meals and soI still haven’t used Van’s kitchen.

My bedroom in Van:


One morning I realized that there had been visitors during the night:


There is a lot of wildlife here. Squirrels, of course, but I didn’t manage to get a picture.  And deer wander the grounds freely:


And these cheeky creatures too, especially near the kitchen:


Orr has many little bungalows to rent, like this one:


But the main attraction is the baths:

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Further along there’s a another warm pool, a cold swimming pool, a sauna and steam bath.

Here I am, having a soak:


One of the best things about Orr is that it’s is very near Montgomery State Nature Reserve where you can walk among groves of old-growth redwoods.  More on than later.

2 thoughts on “At Orr Hot Springs

  1. Thanks for introducing me to Orr. It looks like the kind of place I would like, too. Judging from your pictures, there weren’t other guests there. Or were some there and you simply didn’t invade their privacy with photos?


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