Bella Monte Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Travel Blogs from Desert Hot Springs
Marcus and Andy finally get to camp!!!!!
It was a perfect night, pretty warm, desert clear skies, and no creepy crawlies that we could see.
We dropped a tarp, rolled out our bags, and tried to have a fire. The only wood we had was from the original campground in Virgina, which we had been saving ...
... in and around the rock outcroppings to the Barker dam & pond that a gold miner had built in 1900. We saw some more petroglyphs and headed off to the next trail.
The last adventure of the trip (baring any mishaps on the road tomorrow) was a short hike out to a mill that was used to crush gold ore. There were several old cars, pumps, a wind mill, and the ore ...
... mid 50's and night time temps mostly in the mid 30's. Needless to say the right coasters were laughing their patooties off as the left coast newscasters blabbered on. This melodrama reminded us of L.A. TV commentators' patented "STORM WATCH" patter when a cold front is expected to bring more than one tenth of an inch of rain! Oh My!
Back to the BRRRRRRrrrrrrrr! Well I don't care if the east coast news commentators do laugh ...
The weather is pretty nice this morning- no clouds, no wind and six degrees warmer at sunup than yesterday. What a fine day to visit Joshua Tree! We chose to enter the park from the West Entrance Station located just south of the city of Joshua Tree, a town of 7500 souls. Its about a 40 mile drive and an 1800 foot climb from the resort via highway 62.
Our America The Beautiful Senior Pass allows us free entrance into the park. The card is purchased from ...
... and no building codes. It is unique – nothing else like it exists anywhere; and it was made completely from recycled materials – just discarded items he found out on the desert. Vigas were made from power poles. Lumber was salvaged from abandoned cabins. Nails were hammered straight and used again. Adobe was dug on site and mixed with concrete for additional strength.
There is a highly developed passive cooling system – a necessity in a place ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking