Benton Hot Springs lies in a valley east of the Benton Range, near the east end of Highway 120 in Mono County. It’s a quiet place, home to an inn with hot tubs, a few old miner’s shacks, and the Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe. The Bodie & Benton Railroad was supposed to have come through here in the 1880s on its way to meet the Carson & Colorado Railroad at Benton Station a few miles farther east. But the Bodie & Benton never came to Benton — never connected to any other railroad. It stopped at Mono Mills, about 30 miles northwest of here.
Benton Hot Springs and the northern White Mountains.
The historic General Store is closed now.
Early accommodations for miners.
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