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Grover Hot Springs State Park - Site # 85

Background: Lofty granite and volcanic peaks flanked by forests border a picturesque alpine meadow on three sides. For years, the main attraction here has been the mineral waters that flow from six hot springs, to soaking pools, then into Hot Springs Creek. But those who watch as they hike the nature trail to the soaking pools will be rewarded with views of wildlife. The forest, meadow, and campgrounds are populated by several species of squirrels. More than 100 bird species have been spotted at the park. Some spring and summer favorites include western tanagers, mountain bluebirds, common nighthawks, Steller's jays, barn swallows, and a wide variety of warblers and woodpeckers. In the fall Clark's nutcrackers, white-breasted nuthatches, and band-tailed pigeons reside in the forest. Look in creekside vegetation and in the water for American dippers, spotted sandpipers, and belted kingfishers. At least a dozen birds of prey cruise the skies here, including red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and turkey vultures.
The park is on the site of a historic cattle ranch.

The Habitat: Mixed conifer forest (85%), Open meadow (10%), riparian (5%).

The Experience: Grover Hot Springs State Park provides abundant food and cover for wildlife, resulting in good wildlife viewing opportunities.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Trails.

Viewing Tips: Best seasons for viewing are spring through fall. Spotting songbirds in dense cover requires patience and practice.

Site Notes: There is an open meadow with riparian habitat along hot springs creek, a developed trail runs along the perimeter of the meadow, conifer forests on the surrounding hillsides, and the developed hot springs pool.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Hope Valley, East fork of the Carson River, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and the Indian Creek Reservoir.

Visitor Information: Alpine County Chamber of Commerce - 530-694-2475 - http://www.alpinecounty.com/
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Everday
Hours: Contact park for current information.
Year Round: Yes
Seasonal: Pool hours vary seasonally, contact park for current information.

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: Winter driving conditions.
 Number of Parking Spaces: 55
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:close
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: Parking is only allowed in designated areas.

How to Get There: In Markleeville and Highway 89, turn west on Hot Springs Road. Drive 3.5 miles to entrance.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: California State Parks
Agency Site URL: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=508
Physical Address:3415 Hot Springs Road
Markleeville, CA 96120
Agency 2:PO Box 188
Markleeville, CA 96120
Manager Phone:530-694-2649
Site Phone:530-694-2249
County: Alpine County
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