Surprise Valley Hot Springs is located on Hwy. 299 East, 5 miles east of the town of Cedarville, California.
Cedarville has one 4-way stop sign. If you are driving from the west, VIA Alturas/Hwy 395 then you will drive straight at the stop sign and and continue due east. If you are coming from the south VIA Gerlach, NV /447, you will turn right at the stop sign/Gas station.
GPS Coordinates (41.3158N, -120.0441W)
Continuing east from Cedarville, you will cross a dry lake bed on a causeway. Shortly after crossing the lake bed, the Surprise Valley Hot Springs sign and entry are on the right hand side. Drive 1 mile to the hotel and check in at the office.
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From Redding, CA take Highway 299E, approximately a 3 hour drive.
From Reno you have two options. Both take about 3 hours.
Option #1: Hwy 395 North, approximately 70 miles. Turn right on Co. Rd. A3 Buntingville Rd. This is a 20 minute shortcut and will take you to a stop sign in Standish. Turn right and continue North on Hwy 395. Alturas turn right at the flashing light/Hwy 299. Go about 7 miles and sweep right following the sign that says Cedarville. This will take you over the Warner Mountains into Surprise Valley,
Option #2: At Reno, go east on I-80. 27 miles. Take exit 43 to Wadsworth...Pyramid Lake. After exiting, turn left and go approximately 1.5 miles to the 447 and turn left. Do not speed through the little towns! They give tickets! Gerlach is 77 miles. Go through Gerlach, and stay to the LEFT or you will end up in the Black Rock desert. Cedarville is 84 miles. We do not recommend traveling this route at night since it is "open range," meaning 1,000 pound black cows have the right-of-way. A full tank of gas is also a good idea.