California’s Eastern Sierra

Old Benton Hot Springs

Benton, CA

Benton is a historic relic of a mining town where travelers come to camp, hike, ride horses and relax in natural hot spring tubs. 

Past and Present

One of the oldest surviving towns in Mono County, Benton was once a thriving, silver mining town, with up to 5,000 inhabitants.  Today it is a peaceful and tranquil oasis where time stands still and visitors come to watch the stars, listen to nature, and soak in soothing mineral waters. Visit Benton’s bed & breakfast and campground with natural hot spring tubs. Modern amenities are limited to a gas station nowadays, while awesome relics stand proud from the mining days when Benton was a Wells Fargo stagecoach station. 

Getting to Benton

Benton is easy to find via Benton Crossing Road, which intersects with Highway 395 about eight miles south of Mammoth Lakes, California. Benton Crossing road is an excellent area for road biking, offering smooth pavement, very little traffic, and spectacular views of the Sierra peaks and White Mountains.

Food, lodging and camping in Benton

Benton Station was originally an old railroad stop on the way to Bodie. It now features a general store, gas, and a cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is located at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 120. The Inn at Benton Hot Springs is the perfect spot to get away from it all with rooms and camp sites that have private natural hot spring soaking tubs. Soak in the natural hot springs that have been frequented by Benton visitors for centuries, first by the native populations and then by the stagecoach travelers in the late 1800's.