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De Anza Springs: Southern California
You can find clothing optional and nudist resorts in almost every corner of California, but with a large number in the warmer southern California desert. This guide includes basic information on all of them, to help you find a place that's right for you.
They are listed by area, then alphabetically within that area.
De Anza Springs
De Anza Springs is a large resort sitting on 500 acres of land at 2,600 feet elevation. That makes it one of the largest clothing optional resorts in North America. Its high desert location keeps it comfortable year round.
It's about 74 miles from San Diego.
Things to Do at De Anza Springs
You can relax at De Anza's two swimming pools and hot tub spa - and a lot of people do. If you want to get active, you'll find a fitness center and tennis courts. Or you can play volleyball, shuffleboard, bocce ball, or horseshoes. And if all that isn't enough, you'll find great opportunities for hiking nearby.
They have a spa and an exercise room.
Camping and Lodging at De Anza Springs
De Anza Springs has 311 RV sites. Most of them have full hookups. They also have tent sites.
If you don't have an RV and don't want to stay in a tent, De Anza also rents motel-style rooms, furnished travel trailers and "park model" villas.
They offer day passes if you don't want to stay overnight.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to De Anza Springs
De Anza is pet-friendly with an enclosed pet park. Children are also welcome.
The clubhouse is enormous (7,500 square feet) and has a cafe and lounge, a dance hall and a fitness center. WiFi is available throughout the park.
We polled more than 1,700 of our readers to find out how they rate De Anza Springs as a nudist resort. 33% rated it excellent and 20% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About De Anza Springs
1951 Carrizo Gorge Rd.
De Anza Springs website
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Desert Sun Resort: Southern California
Desert Sun is a couples-oriented, clothing optional bed and breakfast inn.
It's very close to downtown Palm Springs and less than a mile from Palm Canyon Drive.
Things to Do at Desert Sun Resort
Desert Sun prides itself on having more amenities than any similar place in the Palm Springs area. Their facilities include three heated swimming pools, two hot tubs, and lighted tennis courts. They also have an exercise room.
The spa offers massages and facial treatments.
Camping and Lodging at Desert Sun Resort
Desert Sun offers 91 hotel-style accommodations that include both suites and standard rooms, some with patios. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, cable TV and VCRs. Suites have full kitchens.
You can also get a day pass.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Desert Sun Resort
There's a restaurant and bar on the premises, and the resort has a liquor license.
Yelp reviewers give Desert Sun Resort better than average ratings. First timers seem to be especially excited about it.
Desert Sun is an adults-only resort, and all guests must be over 18 years of age. Cell phones are not allowed anywhere on the property, except inside hotel rooms. The same goes for laptop computer and cameras. You can use your iPad if you tape something over the camera.
No pets are allowed anywhere at Desert Sun Resort.
Details About Desert Sun Resort
Palm Springs, CA
Desert Sun Resort website
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El Mirasol Villas Resort: Southern California
Originally built by Howard Hughes in the late 1940s, El Mirasol caters to gay men. It is located in Palm Springs not far from the Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel.
Things to Do at El Mirasol Villas
Most people go to El Mirasol to relax. They have swimming pools, a steam room, a 10-man Jacuzzi and a lanai with fireplace.
Text them at 368266 with the word ELMIRASOL for special deals.
Lodging at El Mirasol Villas
El Mirasol is small, with 7 bungalows and studios.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to El Mirasol Villas
El Mirasol serves complimentary continental breakfast daily.
We polled more than 200 of our readers to find out how they rate El Marisol as a nudist resort. 33% rated it excellent and 16% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About El Mirasol Villas
525 Warm Sands Drive
Palm Springs, CA
El Mirasol Villas website
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Freedom Acres Resort: Southern California
Freedom Acres is a clothing optional resort that describes itself as a swinger lifestyle spot with "hot, sexy couple and singles." Because of that, they only allow visitors who are 18 years old or more. Memberships are available on a tiered basis, with the membership price determining your daily resort fee (which is in addition to the membership cost).
Freedom Acres is about 50 miles from Los Angeles and 210 miles from Las Vegas.
Things to Do at Freedom Acres
You can enjoy the resort's two swimming pools, where swimming suits are optional. You won't have to fight over lounge chairs here: They have more than 100 of them. Getting a spot in the shade is a little harder, though. On weekends, a live DJ provides entertainment.
Also at the resort are a steam room, sauna, tennis court, volleyball court, hiking trail, and archery range.
The resort arranges day trip tours to nearby locations. On selected days, they host midnight pool parties.
Freedom Acres was previously called Deer Park Resort, but their name isn't the only thing that has changed. They now promote themselves as a sexy place for swingers' lifestyle.
The resort is only 1.5 miles from Club FA and the resort offers free shuttle service to take you there.
Camping and Lodging at Freedom Acres
You can rent a cabin (12 by 12 feet or 12 by 16 feet) which have queen-sized beds, linens, a small refrigerator and coffee pot. For entertainment, there's a television with DIRECT TV and DVD player. Cabins have heating, air conditioning, and toilets, but no showers.
They also rent 3-bedroom, fully furnished mobile homes.
They also have campsites with full 30 and 50 amp hookups - and tent sites on 40 acres.
You can also rent an RV to stay in, with a queen sized bed, kitchens and showers. Some also have televisions.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Freedom Acres
Food is available at the pool and cafe.
They say reservations for overnight stays fill up fast, and it's best to plan ahead. They don't take online reservations - call to make them instead.
WiFi is available, for a daily fee.
Single men are allowed 7 days a week, but they can't go to the midnight parties unless they are sponsored by a participating couple.
Visitors' opinion of Freedom Acres varies. Check out their reviews at Yelp to get a better idea of pros and cons.
Details About Freedom Acres Resort
1924 Glen Helen Rd
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Glen Eden Nudist Resort: Southern California
Glen Eden is a family-friendly nudist resort and one of the largest member-owned nudist clubs in America. It's just off I-15 in Southern California between Pomona and Temecula.
Glen Eden is about 60 miles from Los Angeles and 100 miles from San Diego.
Things to Do at Glen Eden Resort
Glen Eden has lots of facilities and things to do. You can go hiking or play tennis on one of their 4 lighted courts. They also have places to play volleyball, basketball, a game of pool, horseshoes or shuffleboard,
They have heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor spa and a dry sauna. There's also a children's recreation center and playground.
Camping and Lodging at Glen Eden Resort
If you want to stay overnight, Glen Eden has RV sites, some with full hookups. They also have dry-camping tent sites.
Furnished travel trailers and Park Model Villas are available.
They offer a coupon on their site for a free first visit, good for one family or a single and their companion. They have membership options for singles and couples. After your third visit, membership is required.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Glen Eden Resort
The resort has a cafe, and the clubhouse provides lots of public areas for daytime and evening activities.
Yelp reviewers are divided about Glen Eden. Some think it's clean and friendly, but those who stay in the trailers say they're run down. Singles also complain that they can't go there alone.
We polled more than 1,000 of our readers to find out how they rate Glen Eden as a nudist resort. 34% rated it excellent and 17% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Dogs are welcome, and they have a nice dog park with lots of shade and places to run.
Details About Glen Eden Resort
25999 Glen Eden Road
Glen Eden Resort website
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Living Waters Spa: Southern California
The Living Waters experience is clothing optional with lots of high-end amenities. They describe themselves as a European-style resort. They also focus on making first-time visitors feel comfortable.
It's located in Desert Hot Springs, a few miles east of Palm Springs and easy to get to from Los Angeles and San Diego.
Things to Do at Living Waters Spa
Living Waters has two hot water mineral pools. The spa offers massages and other relaxing treatments.
They don't have workout facilities, but overnight guests can get a free day pass to a gym in town.
Lodging at Living Waters Spa
Living Waters has 9 poolside rooms and 6 two-bedroom spa condos. All are equipped with modern furnishings and comfortable beds. Most of the poolside rooms have kitchens, but none of them have telephones or televisions. The condos have kitchens, central air and heat, and a television with DVD player.
If you don't want to stay for the night, Living Waters also offers day rates.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Living Waters Spa
Breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres are included for overnight guests staying in the poolside rooms only.
Living Waters has gotten rave reviews and awards since it opened in 2003. Reviewers on Yelp give it very high ratings and talk about how nice the owners are. People who show up for a day visit without reservations can be disappointed and they account for most of the lower ratings. Tripadvisor reviewers also like it, citing the couples massage and total relaxation among its good points.
We polled more than 600 of our readers to find out how they rate Living Waters as a nudist resort. 33% rated it excellent and 15% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About Living Waters Spa
Living Waters Spa
13340 Mountain View Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Living Water Spa website
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Olive Dell Ranch: Southern California
Olive Dell is a family-friendly, clothing optional resort located in San Bernardino County east of Riverside.
It's about 60 miles from Los Angeles and 100 miles from San Diego.
Things to Do at Olive Dell Ranch
Olive Dell has a swimming pool and sauna as well as other recreational activities that include volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes, ping pong and hiking.
Olive Dell also sponsors an annual 5K race they call the Bare Burro Run.
Camping and Lodging at Olive Dell Ranch
Olive Dell has cute, colorful rental cabins, as well as campsites with hookups.
You can buy an annual membership at Olive Dell or pay a gate fee to visit by the day. Members of other nudist organizations get discounted admission. After three visits, day visitors will be asked to buy a membership.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Olive Dell Ranch
You'll find a cafe in the clubhouse.
Families with children are allowed. Single adult visitors must be at least 18 years old. Dogs are allowed, but you have to keep them on a leash and in your campsite only - and you are required to provide them with water and shade.
People who review Olive Dell on Yelp give it good ratings, saying it's very relaxing.
We polled nearly 600 of our readers to find out how they rate Olive Dell as a nudist resort. 38% rated it excellent and 17% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About Olive Dell Ranch
26520 Keissel Rd
Olive Dell Ranch website
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Sea Mountain Ranch Resort: Southern California
Sea Mountain Ranch is (according to their website) a "sensual lifestyle friendly desert oasis." Their facilities include a 24-hour lounge club and a "rage hotel."
Sea Mountain Ranch is 90 miles from Los Angeles and 10 minutes' drive from Palm Springs.
Things to Do at Sea Mountain Ranch
The ranch's heated swimming pool is spring-fed and open 24 hours a day. They also have a spa, garden sun decks and lots of places to soak up some sunshine.
Lodging at Sea Mountain Ranch
Sea Mountain Ranch has 15 overnight guest rooms with all the amenities, including Egyptian cotton linens.
Day guests are also welcome. You can also get an evening spa pass that is available to single females.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Sea Mountain Ranch
Sea Mountain Ranch is an adults-only, couples-only resort, with mostly female staff. All guests must be at least 21 years old.
Overnight guests receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese. There's a restaurant on the premises. They also offer a room service menu for lunch and dinner.
We polled more than 700 of our readers to find out how they rate Sea Mountain Ranch as a nudist resort. 32% rated it excellent and 16% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About Sea Mountain Ranch
Desert Hot Springs, CA
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Laguna del Sol: San Francisco Bay Area
Laguna Del Sol is one of California's largest and nicest clothing optional resorts. It's located on 250 acres of land about 25 miles southeast of Sacramento. It's 110 miles away from San Francisco and 120 miles from San Jose.
First-timers are welcome at Laguna Del Sol. You can take a tour for free and if you like it, you can also get a two-for-one first-timer's admission coupon on their website.
Online reviewers love Laguna Del Sol, giving it uniformly high marks. They praise the beauty of the place, its cleanliness and how much there is to do. Review Resorts says this: "At Laguna del Sol, people behave with good judgment and manners consistent with a family environment. Voyeurism, unwelcome remarks, comments, solicitations or behavior of a provocative nature will be cause for removal."
Things to Do at Laguna del Sol
Laguna Del Sol has tennis and volleyball courts, four swimming pools, 2 spas, and a fitness center. There's also a 25-acre lake in the middle of the property where you can rent paddleboats go fishing, or hike the lake's 1.1-mile-long perimeter trail.
Next to the lake is the Lakeside Inn, with a restaurant and bar. It's open daily in summer and 5 days a week the rest of the year.
You can even bring your dog and let it enjoy the Laguna Del Sol Canin Social Club, with tree-shaded chairs and plenty of water. Dogs have to be on leashes everywhere else and aren't allowed in the buildings or the pool area.
Camping and Lodging at Laguna del Sol
If you want to stay overnight, Laguna Del Sol has places for tent camping and RV sites with full hookups. The campsites on the far side of the lake away from the pools is quieter. Four shower and bathroom facilities are available, along with two laundromats with two RV dump stations.
They also rent one-bedroom park model cottages - small mobile homes designed for long-term set up - with full, home-style kitchens and living rooms. The resort allows pets in a couple of those units, but you need to tell them you're bringing one when you reserve.
How Does Laguna del Sol Rate?
More than 1,400 of our readers rated Laguna Del Sol in a poll, 36% say it's excellent and 18% say it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About Laguna Del Sol
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Lupin Lodge: San Francisco Bay Area
Lupin Lodge is one of California's oldest clothing optional resorts, founded in 1935. Located on 110 acres in the Santa Cruz mountains, it's a little bit like a private nature park.
Things to Do at Lupin Lodge
Lupin has a swimming pool, two spas, tennis courts, volleyball courts (sand and hard court) and a bunch of other recreational options. Most activities are unstructured, but they host a monthly volleyball tournament from April through October.
There's also a clubhouse lounge with books, puzzles, board games, and cable TV.
Camping and Lodging at Lupin Lodge
Lupin is a private club. Non-members can make an introductory visit, but you will need a membership to visit again. For people who may only visit once in a while, they offer a 24-hour membership.
Lupin Lodge has cabins and yurt-style tents for overnight stays.
Day visitors are also welcome, and they have a two-for-one introductory day visit coupon on their website.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Lupin Lodge
People who reviewed Lupin Lodge on Yelp give it average ratings. Some like it, but if you read enough of the review, the characteristics some people call "rustic" seem like a dump to others.
We polled more than 700 of our readers to find out how they rate Lupin as a nudist resort. 30% rated it excellent and 19% said it's good but with a few flaws.
Details About Lupin Lodge
20600 Aldercroft Heights Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Sequoians Clothes-Free Club and Resort: San Francisco Bay Area
Sequoians Clothes Free Club is located in Castro Valley, in the San Francisco East Bay area, accessible from I-580 or I-680. It's 35 miles from San Francisco, 40 miles from San Jose and about 100 miles from Sacramento.
Set in an 80-acre tract of foothills forest in a warm micro-climate, this gated facility offers a secure and safe environment for social nude recreation. Members include couples and singles of all ages, as well as families with children.
The Sequoians is the oldest established nudist facility in the San Francisco Area. They are members of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and International Naturist Federation (INF).
Things to Do at Sequoians Clothes Free Club
You'll find a lot to do if you're in the mood for activity. Hiking trails through the forest are popular. You'll also find a paved volleyball/basketball court or you can play bocce ball, croquet, badminton, ping pong or pool. There's a satellite TV, too.
Or you can just lounge in the sun next to the heated swimming pool or jump in the hot tub.
Saturday night there's always a potluck dinner and if you camp overnight, a potluck breakfast. If you plan to enjoy it, bring something to share.
Camping at Sequoians
You can camp at Sequoians in an RV or tent. They provide water and electrical hookups for a small additional fee.
From November through March when the club is closed, American Association for Nude Recreation and International Naturist Federation members can request camping privileges by contacting their office in advance.
What You Need to Know Before You Go
Sequoians is a cooperative corporation operated by its members. It's open from April through October. During those months, non-members are welcome on weekends and holidays for a fee, which is lower if you are a member of the American Association for Nude Recreation or International Naturist Federation.
During the week and the off-season (November through March), they are only open to members and AANR/INF members (with prior reservations).
The club has no cell phone reception, but any other mobile phone use is prohibited (because of the camera). There is a pay phone if you need to make an emergency call.
If you have a dog, they are allowed in the camping areas and on the trails on a leash or in a carrier. Dogs are not allowed around the pool, on the lawn or near the recreation hall.
How Does It Rate?
Online reviewers like Sequoians, saying they were impressed by how friendly the members are. Many of them also comment on how pretty the property is.
900 of our readers rated Sequoians in a poll. 31% say it's excellent and 18% say it's good with a few flaws.
Details About Sequoians Clothes-Free Club
Sequoians Clothes-Free Club
Castro Valley, CA
Directions are on their website
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Harbin Hot Springs: Northern California
Harbin Hot Springs was severely damaged during the catastrophic Lake County Valley Fire in 2015. The fire destroyed their buildings, but the pools survived. Check their website for the latest information as they work to rebuild. You can also follow their progress on their Facebook page.
The information below applies to what was there before the fire, but will give you an idea of what the place is like.
Things to Do at Harbin Hot Springs
Harbin centers around soaking pools fed by natural hot springs, which were not damaged by the fire. They also had a swimming pool.
A new hot pool and a Watsu pool are in their plans, along with a coffee shop and food services. They are also planning to build a new meditation temple.
Camping and Lodging at Harbin Hot Springs
Before the fire, Harbin had tent cabins as well as rooms and cottages with half or full baths and some unique geodesic dome structure that we hope they rebuild.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Harbin Hot Springs
In a poll of 1,400 of our readers taken before the fire, 34% of them rated Harbin Hot Springs as excellent. Another 19% said it's good, but with a few flaws.
Details About Harbin Hot Springs
18424 Harbin Springs Rd
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Orr Hot Springs: Northern California
Orr Hot Springs is in Mendocino County in northern California, between the towns of Mendocino and Ukiah.
It's about 130 miles north of San Francisco and 160 miles from Sacramento.
Things to Do at Orr Hot Springs
Orr Hot Springs is centered on natural mineral hot-water springs. Their water is tapped into the bathhouse, where it fills Victorian-style porcelain bathtubs. They also have communal tubs, where clothing is optional.
Besides the mineral baths, they have a swimming pool, a sauna and steam rooms.
Massages and spa treatments are available.
Camping and Lodging at Orr Hot Springs
Orr Hot Springs has rooms to rent, along with tents and yurts. Their accommodations are basic, with half baths (sink and toilet only. They also have some cottages, with kitchens and half baths.
Their campsites are suitable for tents only.
They also have a limited number of spots for day use, making reservations essential.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Orr Hot Springs
They don't serve or sell food, but a communal kitchen is available for you to cook the food you bring.
Reviewers on Yelp give Orr Hot Springs higher than average ratings.
Children under age 18 are allowed, but Orr Hot Springs requires two adults to accompany each child. Younger children under age 9 are allowed only in some of the rooms.
Pets are not allowed.
Details About Orr Hot Springs
13201 Orr Springs Rd
Orr Hot Springs website
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Sierra Hot Springs: Northern California
Sierra Hot Springs has been considered a healing place since Native American times. It is located north of Lake Tahoe and Truckee in the town of Sierraville, on CA Hwy 49.
Things to Do at Sierra Hot Springs
The pools are open 24 hours a day. They have a hot pool, a warm pool and two cold plunges, along with a dry sauna. Outdoors you'll find a meditation pool with a sandy bottom, which is perfect for enjoying the night sky.
Seasonal pools in private rooms are also available. And they offer massages and spa treatments.
Camping and Lodging at Sierra Hot Springs
If you stay in the resort's main lodge or the historic Globe Hotel, you can enjoy access all fo the facilities. They also have dormitory-style accommodations at the Main Lodge.
Camping and RV sites are also available.
Day visitors are also welcome.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Sierra Hot Springs
There's a cafe in the main lodge, but you can also use the guest kitchens at the Lodge and the Old Globe Hotel.
Well-behaved children are allowed as long as they're accompanied by an adult. Some areas are for adults only.
Reviewers on Yelp give Sierra Hot Springs average ratings. People who give low ratings think it's a little too "granola" or "hippie" and others say the current staff is not as friendly as they used to be.
Pets are not allowed.
Details About Sierra Hot Springs
521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd.
Sierra Hot Springs website
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Wilbur Hot Springs: Northern California
Wilbur Hot Springs is an off-the-grid, solar-powered resort in the middle of an 1,800-acre nature preserve about halfway between I-5 and CA Hwy 29. The closest towns are Williams and Clearlake.
Things to Do at Wilbur Hot Springs
Wilbur Hot Springs is all about the hot water that bubbles from the ground there. The water flows into three long flumes where visitors can soak in the flowing water. They also have a spring-fed swimming pool and a dry sauna.
You can also get a massage. Complimentary yoga classes are offered on most weekends.
Camping and Lodging at Wilbur Hot Springs
The resort has cabins and cabin suites - and hotel rooms. They also have a Solar Lodge with 8 rooms which share two half bathrooms. You can also camp at Wilbur Hot Springs from April through October.
You can also go to Wilbur Hot Springs as a day use visitor.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Wilbur Hot Springs
Wilbur Hot Springs allows children aged 13 years and older only. Parents are responsible for their teens, who can use the facilities with the same privileges as adults.
The resort doesn't provide meals, but they do have a communal kitchen where you can cook the food you bring with you. Because it depends on solar energy, they request that you leave your plug-in appliances at home, including hair dryers and curling irons.
Reviewers on Yelp give Wilbur Hot Springs better than average ratings, but some of them complain that the rules are too rigid, and the water smells bad.
This remote location is out of cell phone range, and they don't have WiFi.
Details About Wilbur Hot Springs
3374 Wilbur Springs Rd
Wilbur Springs, CA
Wilbur Hot Springs website