The Grover Hot Springs State Park is a state park near Markleeville, California, which has the added benefits of being a natural thermal spa. The park is the ideal place to get away from it all and indulge in some serious relaxation therapy amidst stunning pine-forested mountain scenery.
The bonus is it's dog-friendly so the family pet can enjoy a vacation here too. Campsite fees are $35 a night with a surcharge of $8 per vehicle. Reservations are recommended though payment isn't made until at the park. There is a length limitation on the size of RV's and vehicles with trailers which are permitted entry to the park and this is twenty-seven feet.
The Grover Hot Springs State Park is a great place for camping, hiking and spotting wildlife which is abundant in the area. Dogs must be on a leash while out adventuring as there are bobcats and coyotes in the woods. After a hard day on the trails, visitors can soak away their aches and pains in the thermal pools.
The green waters contain a high mineral content which is reputed to be beneficial for both mind and body. There is a $10 fee per adult for using the pools. The pools are open during the winter months, but visitors are advised to carry snow equipment such as snow chains and a shovel in case heavy snowfalls block the roadways.
Pet parents staying here need to be bear aware. Each RV hook up site and camping spot has been provided with bear-resistant food lockers, and all provisions must be stored in them. Not doing so could land a camper, with not only a bear foraging through their groceries but a park ranger confiscating it and delivering them a citation.
Bears are also a danger to dogs, and no pet can be left outside at night. They need to sleep either inside the RV or be secured in a metal traveling cage for their own safety. No matter whether you are staying all night or just visiting for the day, you and your pooch can enjoy the Grover Hot Springs State Park.