Grover Hot Springs

State Park - California

Grover Hot Springs State Park contains natural hot springs on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Park amenities include a swimming pool complex fed by the hot springs, as well as a campground, picnic area, and hiking trails.


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Brochure of Black Bears in California State Parks. Published by California Department of Parks and Recreation. Grover Hot Springs State Park contains natural hot springs on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Park amenities include a swimming pool complex fed by the hot springs, as well as a campground, picnic area, and hiking trails.
Grover Hot Springs State Park Our Mission The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. The interplay of rock, heat, and water deep within the earth created the hot springs that attract visitors to this peaceful valley. California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (530) 694-2248. If you need this publication in an alternate format, contact CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For information call: (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995, outside the U.S. 711, TTY relay service Discover the many states of California.™ Grover Hot Springs State Park 3415 Hot Springs Road Markleeville, CA 96120 (530) 694-2248 Entrance/Camping (530) 694-2249 Pools © 2015 California State Parks H idden in quiet Hot Springs Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Grover Hot Springs State Park offers alpine vistas of granite peaks and wildflower meadows. After taking a brisk hike or a scenic stroll, visitors may soak in a mineral pool fed from six hot springs. At nearly 6,000 feet elevation, Hot Springs Valley has the unpredictable climate of the Sierra, with sudden thunderstorms. Average highs in July and August reach the high 80s while snowy winter lows can dip below 20°. PARK HISTORY Native People The ancestral lands of the Wašiw (Washo) people encompassed 1,500,000 acres around the Tahoe basin. Four bands of Washo lived around the lake. The Hung-a-lel-ti (southern band) of Washo lived in today’s Woodfords and Markleeville area, south of Lake Tahoe. The thermal waters-termed dih-teh-ee (our place) lo-om (hot springs)-were valued for health and spiritual benefits. The Washo still live on their ancestral lands; they use this park for plant harvesting and other activities. Washo family, ca. 1866 Gold and Silver Rushes After gold was discovered at Coloma in 1848 and the Comstock Lode of Nevada silver ore was found in 1859, droves of wealth-seekers flocked to and settled on Washo lands. More people came to this area (today’s Alpine County) after another silver strike at nearby Silver Mountain. Settlers imported livestock that trampled or ate the native vegetation, and the endemic fish in local streams, rivers and lakes were soon gone. Those indigenous people who survived the newly introduced European diseases and violence from the settlers struggled to preserve their language and customs. Today’s Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada members uphold those customs; they have revived the Washoan language for the generations to come, and they have reclaimed 70,000 acres of their ancestral homelands. Euro-American Settlers The Washo people’s first non-native contact may have been the expedition party of pathfinder John C. Frémont and his scout Kit Carson, who passed through these Sierra ridges and became snowbound in February 1844. Ten years later, Vermont farmer John Hawkins claimed the Hot Springs Valley by homesteading it. After the native Washo were driven out, loggers and woodcutters denuded the pine-covered hills. In 1878, Alvin Merrill Grover received an interest in the land, built a bathhouse, and fenced in the hot springs pool. His widow charged visitors to bathe in the hot springs and to pitch tents on the hillside. A later owner, Charles Scossa, lived at the springs in the log cabin nearby. Although park advocates suggested in 1928 that this area would be a desirable state park site, the property did not become Grover Hot Springs State Park until 1959. NATURAL history Vegetation-Black cottonwood and ponderosa, lodgepole (or tamarack), Jeffrey, and single-leaf pinyon pines surround the Hot Springs Valley meadow. Incense cedar, mountain alder, and juniper grow nearby. Profuse colorful wildflowers dot the central meadow in spring. Ask at the kiosk for a wildflower list. Wildlife-Such raptors as bald eagles and sharp-shinned hawks perch in trees; turkey vultures circle above. Mountain lions, Formation of a hot spring Cold dw groun ate r The current valley was formed by glacial action during the ice age, but the presence of hot springs is older and deeper. Subduction — caused by the collision of the lighter American continental plate and the heavier Pacific plate — forces the heavier rock of the Pacific plate deep into the earth. Along the subduction zone, pressure and friction melts the hot rock to magma, which solidifies into igneous rocks. Faults — fractures in the earth’s crust with differential movement — are often associated with the plate boundaries, as are earthquakes. When groundwater percolates down into the earth, it meets the hot magma and d w e t a rock, heating the water
Parque Estatal Grover Hot Springs Nuestra Misión La misión de California State Parks es proporcionar apoyo para la salud, la inspiración y la educación de los ciudadanos de California al ayudar a preservar la extraordinaria diversidad biológica del estado, proteger sus más valiosos recursos naturales y culturales, y crear oportunidades para la recreación al aire libre de alta calidad. La combinación de roca, calor, y agua en las profundidades de la tierra crearon los manantiales calientes que atraen a los visitantes California State Parks apoya la igualdad de acceso. Antes de llegar, los visitantes con discapacidades que necesiten asistencia deben comunicarse con el parque llamando al (530) 694-2248. Si necesita esta publicación en un formato alternativo, comuníquese con CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 Para obtener más información, llame al: (800) 777-0369 o (916) 653-6995, fuera de los EE. UU. o 711, servicio de teléfono de texto. Grover Hot Springs State Park 3415 Hot Springs Road Markleeville, CA 96120 (530) 694-2248 Entrance/Camping (530) 694-2249 Pools © 2015 California State Parks a este pacífico valle. E scondido en el tranquilo valle Hot Springs del lado este de la cadena montañosa de Sierra Nevada, el Parque Estatal Grover Hot Springs brinda vistas alpinas de los picos de granito y praderas de flores silvestres. Luego de dar una rápida caminata o un paseo pintoresco, los visitantes se pueden sumergir en las piscinas minerales abastecidas por seis manantiales calientes. A casi de 6,000 pies de altura, el valle Hot Springs tiene el clima impredecible de la Sierra con tormentas eléctricas. Las temperaturas promedio en julio y agosto alcanzan una máxima de 80 grados, mientras que durante el nevoso invierno las mínimas pueden llegar a los 20 grados. HISTORIA DEL PARQUE Los indígenas Las tierras ancestrales del pueblos washo comprendían 1,500,000 acres alrededor de la cuenca del Tahoe. Alrededor del lago habitaban cuatro grupos washos. Los hanaletis washos (del sur) habitaban el área actual de Woodfords y Markleeville al sur del lago Tahoe. Las aguas termales a las cuales denominaban “nuestro lugar de manantiales calientes” eran muy apreciadas por sus beneficios espirituales y para la salud. Los washos aún habitan sus tierras ancestrales y utilizan este parque para la siembra de plantas y otras actividades. Familia washo, ca. 1866 La fiebre del oro y la plata Luego del descubrimiento de oro en Coloma en 1848 y la mena de plata del filón de Comstock de Nevada en 1859, una multitud de buscadores de riquezas se trasladaron al lugar y se asentaron en las tierras de los washos. Mucha más gente llegó a la zona (actualmente condado de Alpine) luego de otro descubrimiento de plata en las cercanías de Silver Mountain. Los colonos importaban el ganado con el cual se topaban o consumían la vegetación autóctona, y los peces presentes en los arroyos, ríos y lagos rápidamente desaparecieron. Aquellos pueblos indígenas que sobrevivieron las enfermedades europeas nuevas y la violencia de los colonos se esforzaron por preservar su lengua y sus costumbres. Los miembros actuales de la tribu washo de California y Nevada mantienen aquellas costumbres, han revivido la lengua washo para las generaciones futuras y han reclamado 70,000 acres de sus tierras ancestrales. Colonos euroamericanos El primer contacto con personas no nativas que tuvo el pueblo washo pudo haber sido con el grupo de la expedición del pionero John C. Frémont y su explorador Kit Carson quien atravesó las crestas de las Sierra y quedó varado en medio de la nieve en febrero de 1844. Diez años después, el granjero John Hawkins de Vermont reclamó el valle Hot Springs asentándose allí. Luego de que los washos fueron expulsados, los leñadores y taladores arrasaron los pinares de las colinas. En 1878, Alvin Merrill Grover recibió un beneficio sobre las tierras, construyó termas y cercó las piscinas de agua termales. Su viuda les cobraba a los visitantes por bañarse en las aguas termales y por el derecho de acampar en la ladera. Un propietario posterior, Charles Scossa, vivió en una cabaña de troncos cerca de los manantiales. A pesar de que en 1928 los defensores del parque sugirieron que esta área sería ideal para establecer un parque estatal, la propiedad se convirtió en el Parque Estatal Grover Hot Springs recién en el año 1959. LA FORMACIÓN DE LOS MANANTIALES CALIENTES s ca a fre ea Agu terrán s ub El actual valle se formó por la acción del último periodo glacial, sin embargo, la presencia de manantiales calientes es más antigua y más profunda. La subducción—causada por la colisión de la placa continental norteamericana más liviana con la placa más pesada del Pacífico—ejerce presión sobre las rocas más pesadas de la placa del Pacífico y las hunde. A lo largo de la zona de subducción, la presión y la fricción funden las rocas calientes y las convierten en magma que posteriorme
Wel ! come Grover Hot Springs State Park P.O. Box 188, Markleeville, CA 96120 (530) 694-2248 (Campground) • (530) 694-2249 (Pool) Grover Hot Springs State Park is located on the east side of the Sierra at the edge of the Great Basin Province, characterized by open pine forest, sagebrush and meadows. The park has a pool complex with a hot pool and a swimming pool hot springs, a campground, a picnic area and hiking trails. CAMPSITES: The park has 76 sites equipped with firepits and grills, cupboards, bearproof lockers and tables. Two of the sites are designed for wheelchair use, and accessible restrooms are nearby. The campgrounds are closed from early October to May. Camping is permitted in the day-use area adjacent to the park entrance during the winter. PARK FEES are due and payable upon entry into the park. The campsite fee covers one vehicle. There are additional fees for extra vehicles and pool use. OCCUPANCY: Each campsite may have up to eight people (including children). VEHICLE PARKING: Vehicles may be parked only in your assigned campsite. They must remain on the pavement and must not extend into the roadway beyond the campsite number or limit line. Three vehicles maximum are allowed per campsite. CHECK-OUT TIME is noon. Please vacate your site by that time. Check-in is 2 p.m. RE-REGISTRATION: Campers without reservations who wish to re-register for another night must contact the entrance station before 9 a.m. on the morning they are due out. Site availability is not assured. SPEED LIMIT: The maximum speed limit is 15 mph. When pedestrians, bicyclists and children are present, even 15 mph might be too fast. Use good judgment. QUIET HOURS are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. To ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, please do not disturb other campers, regardless of the time of day or night. GENERATORS may only be operated between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. DOGS must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under control at all times. They must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night. FIRES AND FIREWOOD: Please be cautious when building fires. Fires are allowed only in established firepits or camp stoves. Do not build ground fires outside the fire rings or leave campfires unattended. Do not gather firewood in the park––the nutrients must be allowed to recycle back into the ecosystem. You may purchase firewood from the camp hosts or at the entrance station. BICYCLES are allowed only on roadways. NOISE: Radios and other sound-producing devices must not be audible beyond your immediate campsite, regardless of the time of day or night. THEFT WARNING: Keep your vehicles locked and your valuables out of sight. Do not leave property out at night. Report suspicious activity to a ranger or camp host. WILD ANIMALS: To ensure that you will not have a negative encounter with wildlife, please pack out all garbage and dispose of it properly. Do not feed wildlife in the park. Discover the many states of California.TM RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING: You may make camping reservations up to seven months and no less than 48 hours in advance by calling (800) 444-7275 (TTY 800-274-7275). Reservations may be charged to VISA®, Discover® or Mastercard®. To make online reservations, visit our website at Buck C ree k Grover Hot Springs State Park Water Supply DO NOT ENTER Burnside Lake Trail Trailhead and extra vehicle parking 35 36 Camphost 28 33 27 34 2 3 1 Transiti on Walk Na tur 32 4 eT rail 6 5 pr i 18 17 10 14 66 56 67 63 53 65 50 51 49 46 47 48 70 76 16 69 71 15 LEGEND Dial 52 54 Hot Springs Roa d For Emergencies © 2007 California State Parks 57 64 75 72 73 74 Hot Springs Creek Are a KEE Closed PO UT Your Site # __________ 60 27 44 45 43 62 Sh ay Cr ee k ng Ho tS ols 22 68 13 42 26 19 11 12 Po 37 39 58 61 59 20 8 l rai sT 25 21 7 9 24 23 40 41 38 31 30 29 9-1-1. To Ma r kleevi Accessible Feature Parking Telephone Bridge Picnic Area Hiking ONLY Trail Campfire Center Restrooms Hiking/Biking Trail Entrance Station Showers Seasonal Creek lle Map not to scale.
American Name ofinPark B lack Bears State State Park Parks California Thanks to the following agencies for their assistance: El Dorado County U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit California Department of Fish and Game U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tahoe Council for Wild Bears Yosemite National Park Sequoia National Park California State Parks, Sierra District: Mono Lake Tufa SNR Bodie SHP Grover Hot Springs SP Lake Valley SRA Washoe Meadows SP Emerald Bay SP DL Bliss SP Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP Ward Creek Unit Tahoe SRA Burton Creek SP Kings Beach SRA Donner Memorial SP Plumas Eureka SP Malakoff Diggins SHP Empire Mine SHP South Yuba River SP Photo: Janice Clark State Parks and Campgrounds in the Sierra District are situated in areas that are also black bear habitat. For more information contact: Park Office, Campground Entry Station or California State Parks Sierra District Headquarters P. O. Box 266 7360 West Lake Blvd. (Highway 89) Tahoma, CA 96142 (530) 525-7232 © 2008 California State Parks (Rev. 2010) Black bears (Ursus americanus) are an important component of California’s ecosystems and a valuable natural legacy for the people of California. The black bear is the only species of bear remaining in California and Nevada. The common name “black bear” is misleading; California black bears may be black, brown, cinnamon, even blonde. Some bears have a white patch on the chest. Bear Encounters - Never approach a bear! In the campground: Do not run. Be aggressive; assert your dominance by standing tall and making noise to scare the bear away. Loudly banging pots and pans together and shouting may work. In the woods: This is the bear’s territory; respect that and do not run. Make eye contact, but don’t stare. Pick up small children. Make yourself appear as large as possible. Stay calm and quiet—back away slowly. Black bears will usually avoid confrontation with humans. Bears will often climb a tree if frightened and usually won’t come down as long as humans or dogs are present. Strict regulations are in place to r­educe conflicts between humans and bears. There is zero tolerance for non-compliance. • Bear-resistant food storage lockers are available at all Sierra District Campgrounds. • All food and refuse must be stored in the bear-resistant lockers provided at all times—unless it is actively being used or transported. • Food-storage lockers must always be closed when not in use— whether or not food or refuse is present. • Food that cannot be stored in the provided bear-resistant lockers must be discarded. Get out of the way! If the bear attempts to get away, do not block the bear’s escape route. Report all bear encounters in state park campgrounds and picnic areas to staff at the park office or entrance station, to campground hosts or to rangers on patrol. • No food, refuse or scented items may be stored in a vehicle in the campground at any time. • Non-compliance may result in eviction from the park or other law enforcement action. Black Bears Facts Adults typically weigh 100 to Diet Bears are omnivorous; their Behavior Black bears can be active 400 pounds and measure between 4 and 6 feet from tip of nose to tail. Males are larger than females. Some adult males may weigh over 500 pounds. Wild bears may live about 25 years. teeth are designed for crushing rather than cutting food, like meat-eating carnivore teeth. Bears’ diets are based on seasonal availability of food. Black bears’ diets consist of seven food categories: grasses, berries, nuts, insects, small mammals, wood fiber, and carrion (decaying flesh). any time during the day or night. As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours a day to store enough fat to sustain them through hibernation. Females give birth to one to three cubs in January, during hibernation. Typically, bears have young every other year. Black bears have curved claws that allow them to climb trees. They often climb to retreat from threats, including humans. A healthy bear may run up to 30 miles per hour for short distances. Black bears are excellent swimmers; they can cross up to 1½ miles of open fresh water for food. Photo: Tammy Evans Food shortages occur in summer and fall when wild food becomes scarce. Bears get bolder and may encounter humans in their search for food. The trunk of your car and your cooler are not bear-proof! Bears may learn to associate wrappers and containers with food and can identify them by sight. They also learn to open vehicle doors. Photo: Janice Clark Black bears may scavenge in garbage cans and dumpsters; they will break into and demolish the interiors of houses, garages, cars and campers. Bears will also raid campsites and food caches, sometimes injuring people. Often these incidents result from careless human behavior. Black bears will usually try to avoid confrontation with humans. If encountered, always leave a bear a clear escape route—especially a bear with cubs. Photo: Scott

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