Hot Springs Long Term Visitor Area


El Centro Field Office 1661 S. 4th Street El Centro, CA 92243

32.76734444, -115.2703056
I-8(West from Yuma, AZ/East from El Centro,CA) to 115 North/Van Der Linden(Exit 131). East on Evan Hewes for 3.8 miles.

Hot Springs Long Term Visitor Area

Notice: the Hot Springs Tub area will remain closed to implement Imperial County guidance.

Click here for up-to-date information on changes to closures, facilities and services at this LTVA.


Every year, thousands of visitors come and enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered at BLM's Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs), where visitors can camp for as long as seven months. The Hot Springs LTVA is known for it's historic and still active hot spring attracting both local and winter visitors. Fee season September 15-April 15 $180, $80 4-week stay, $40 2-week stay; 14 day camping free April 16-September 14.

2020-2021 Permits

Thank you for visiting the Hot Spring LTVA managed by the BLM El Centro Field Office. You must have a permit to camp in a designated LTVA between September 15 and April 15.

The campground host position at this site is vacant, and the BLM El Centro Field Office is currently closed due to COVID-19. Therefore, to purchase your permit you will need to take one of the following actions:

  • Purchase your permit with the campground hosts at the Pilot Knob LTVA. The Pilot Knob LTVA is located approximately 35 miles east of this location on Interstate-8. Take the Sidewinder Road exit and continue south.
  • Visit to pay for the permit. You will receive a voucher that can be exchanged at the LTVAs managed by the BLM Yuma Field Office.
  • Call 760-337-4400 during business hours to set up an appointment at the BLM El Centro Field Office. You will then need to retrieve the permit at the Field Office located at 1661 South 4th Street, El Centro, CA.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.