Pools FAQ

a large pool with small, antique looking pool buildings  and a view of the mountains in the back

About the Pools

Our pools offer far more than the typical hotel swim. They’re experiences in themselves. The nature, source, and intensity of the water, and our guidelines for accessing it, can sometimes lead to questions among guests.

Indian Spring Calistoga Intro

Who is invited to swim at Indian Springs Calistoga?

Our pools are reserved for Indian Springs Calistoga registered Hotel guests and a limited number of passes for our Spa guests.


Can I bring a guest?

Our pools are extremely popular with resort and Spa guests and we often review our policies to ensure usage is not overcrowded.We offer a limited number of daily passes for our spa guests. Please inquire at the time you book your treatment if there is availability and book your pool pass at that time. Passes are available for spa guests only and no exceptions are made for children.

Pool passes are $25 Monday – Friday for spa guests who book a 50-minute spa service. Weekends (Saturday – Sunday) & Holidays, spa guests who book a 50-minute spa service may purchase a daily pool pass for $50, depending on availability. 


What are the pool hours?

The hours for the pools fluctuate with the season. Typically, the pools are open until midnight for hotel guests. Spa guests are welcome from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Can I get food at the pool?

Our pool store has snacks, cold drinks and ice cream. In addition to these, Sam’s Social Club is now preparing sandwiches, salads, and light lunch options to be served poolside. A variety of alcoholic beverages are available at our poolside bar. Outside food and drinks are not allowed at the pool.


When was the pool built?

The current Main Pool you see today was built in 1913, taking the place of the original 19th-century “plunge.”


What is the temperature of the pool?

Our pools are heated according to the season and range from 92–102 degrees Fahrenheit. The Main Pool is typically ten degrees warmer than the Adult Pool.


What is the steam I see rising on the hill above the pool?

That’s steam released from our geysers, as the water escapes from the earth at 230 degrees. We cool it in a series of reservoirs until it’s ready to flow into the pool and Spa.


How does the water get so hot?

Millions of years ago, a geological sequence occurred that caused a fracture in the earth’s crust, allowing hot magma to ooze upward. Four thousand feet below the earth’s surface, subterranean waters came in contact with the magma. This superheated water was forced up through ancient sea beds until they reached the earth’s surface. Our property is fortunate to be a release point and we have four geysers as a result.