20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada Mapped

Photo: Sydney Martinez, TravelNevada

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada and How to Find Them

This post was sponsored by Travel Nevada. As always, all opinions and words are my own.

This year I’ve written a few articles for the Matador Network about road tripping through Nevada and where to find the best adventures outside of Las Vegas.  This most recent article is my personal favorite….the 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada and how to find them. If you are road tripping in Nevada, I bet you one of these hot springs is right in your neighborhood. So check out this hot springs map I made, and grab your (birthday) suit.

**And a plea – when you visit these hot springs in Nevada – its imperative that you clean up after yourself. Be sure to practice Leave No Trace principles, pick up your trash, and when you are done make the springs look like you were never there. Thanks!

** Click on the icon on the top right to see a bigger version and get driving directions in Google Maps. And double check your coordinates before heading out, as some of these locations are approximate **

1) Arizona Hot Springs

Take a break from the Vegas nightlife and head to these three-tiered hot pools nestled in a dark slot canyon near Hoover Dam. To get there, park near the highway and hike three miles down a flat sandy wash. These popular pools do get busy, so for your best chance at solitude, go for a late night soak and consider camping on the beach below on the edge of the Colorado River. For more information on overnight trips at Arizona Hot Springs, see: A Secret Vegas Oasis – Paddling the Black Canyon. 

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada MAPPED: Arizona Hot Springs just outside of Las Vegas

2) Gold Strike Hot Springs

Those who reach Gold Strike Hot Springs really have to work for it. Like Arizona Hot Springs, Gold Strike is located along the Colorado River only 45 minutes from downtown Vegas, but the 4 mile hike through the narrow vertical canyon is slightly more technical requiring some scrambling and a few careful maneuvers. Once you get there, sit back and relax in this natural spa where water seeps right out of fissures in the rocky canyon walls.

3) Alkali Hot Springs

Goldfield, a semi-abandoned ghost town with a current population of 260, is the closest civilization to Alkali Hot Springs. While you might run into a few locals, there’s a good chance you will have these two pleasant in-ground cement lined soaking tubs all to yourself. Even though these are technically located on private land, camping is allowed. Just make sure to clean up after yourself, as with any of the hot springs mentioned here.

4) Twelve-Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs

Hot, cold, hot, cold. That’s the name of the game at this huge steamy pool located along the Humoboldt River in Northeastern Nevada. For that all-over tingly body sensation, get all nice and toasty in the hot springs and then awaken those senses by diving into the chilly river. Or you can just sit back and soak and enjoy the view of the surrounding Humboldt Mountains.

Getting here is a little tricky since you won’t find these springs marked on the map: From the town of Wells in Northeastern Nevada, make a left on 8th street and drive 9.1 miles. Look for a dirt road on the right just past a series of old ranch houses. Head down this road for 2 miles until you reach the springs. Note that this road can get pretty hairy and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. If your car can’t make it to the end, go as far as you can and walk the rest of the way.

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada MAPPED: Twelve Mile Bishop Creek Hot Springs

Photo: Sydney Martinez, TravelNevada

5) Spencer Hot Springs

The vast Nevada desert backed by the jagged peaks of the Toiyabe Range – that’s the point of view you’ll get soaking in these improved primitive pools. Located just off “America’s Loneliest Highway,” these springs are easily accessible and consist of a super steamy metal tub and an in-ground spring. After you are done soaking, spend a night camping here for free or head to nearby Austin, a small historical town with a few cute cafes, antique shops, and hotels where you can shack up for the night.

6) Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs

Popular among ATVers and RV campers, Fish Lake Valley is one of the few hot springs in Nevada that offers amenities such as fire pits, and BBQs. If you go here, embrace the company or try to hit it mid-week when the crowds are few. Surrounded by two mountain ranges in the middle of Nevada’s Great Basin, Fish Lake Valley has a large concrete hot pool and two natural warm ponds that are ideal for lazing around on a floating pool mattress.

7) Trego Hot Springs

While the Black Rock Desert is most famous for the 8-day spectacle of Burning Man, this Northern Nevada expanse is also home to a number of quaint hot springs that provide an entirely different playa experience. The silty Trego Hot Springs is one of them where soakers can enjoy a peaceful mineral-dense mud bath. Temperature varies at the site, so make sure to do a touch test before jumping in.

8) Ruby Hot Springs

Limestone ledges and a metal ladder provide easy entry at this series of hot pools on the border of the Ruby Wildlife Refuge, one of the most remote wildlife refuges in the lower 48. Located in the middle of a large marsh, this region is prime habitat for migrating birds, mule deer, antelope and other species. The main soaking pool is very large, deep, and a comfortable temperature for swimming, particularly in the late spring and early fall.

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada MAPPED: Ruby Valley Hot Springs in rural Nevada

Photo: Sydney Martinez, TravelNevada

9) Kyle Hot Springs

Just 20 miles off of 1-80, Kyle Hot Springs are super easy to get to. Known for epic sunsets, the two plastic soaking tubs have gorgeous views of the mountains, and with average water temperatures in the low-90s, these springs are best enjoyed in the warmer months. The site has a historical feel with the abandoned remnants of an old hot springs resort including an original concrete tub.

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada MAPPED: Kyle Hot Springs in northern Nevada

Photo: Sydney Martinez, TravelNevada

10) Carson Hot Springs Resort

No hot tub at your Tahoe accommodations? Carson Hot Springs Resort is your ticket. Smack in the middle of Carson City on the east side of Lake Tahoe, this no-frills, family-friendly hot spring resort has a large outdoor pool, private soaking rooms, a fire pits, and a powerful massage fountain known as “the hammer.”

11) Paradise Valley Hot Springs

A well-maintained large cattle trough next to the meandering Little Humboldt River provides soakers a private and quiet place to relax in the midst of the Great Basin and its surrounding snow-capped mountains. The water is typically clear, and locals have even built a solid wooden entry platform where you can stash your stuff while you soak. To some, this is considered one of the best hot springs in Nevada. Quick tip: The source pool near the parking area is a scalding 130 degrees. Do not mistake this for the springs. Just follow the stream from here down to the river to find the tub.

12) Soldier Meadows Hot Springs

The multiple natural pools at Soldier Meadows sits adjacent to dozens of trails and creeks and is a great place to spend a night or two. The Soldier Meadows Ranch is a working cattle ranch right next to the springs that offers lodging and home cooked meals, or if you prefer to rough it, there is plenty of free BLM camping in the area.

13) Dyke Hot Springs

Another set of springs at the northern edge of the Black Rock Desert, Dyke Hot Springs consists of two single (or cozy two person) bathtubs along the edge of a frog pond. When you arrive, find the piping that leads from the 150 degree source pond at the top of the hill down into the tubs. Fill em up, wait until the water is comfortable, and then get your soak on. Once you are done, you should drain the tubs to help keep them clean and algae free.

14) Rogers and Blue Point Hot Springs

More of a warm springs than hot, Roger’s Hot Springs is located not too far from Vegas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area between Echo Bay and Overton. Best visited from September through May, Roger’s and the nearby Blue Point Spring help support a lush desert ecosystem that includes vibrant desert palms and other greenery. If you are making a day trip out from Vegas, drive along the shore of Lake Mead on the way out, and then for an added bonus swing through the Valley of Fire on your way back to town.

15) Black Rock Hot Springs

Named after the recognizable rock in the distance that gave the Black Rock Desert its name, this large sandy-bottomed pool is awfully inviting. Just be careful getting in and always check the temp before fully submerging yourself. Use the wooden plank that leads to the pool to find the most common entry point and avoid the other end of the pool where the source water can be burning hot.

16) Bailey’s Hot Springs

Located just outside Death Valley National Park, relaxing at Bailey’s hot spring resort is the perfect way to end a winter road trip. Bailey’s was originally built in 1906 as a railroad depot and was later used by miners during the region’s boom. Take advantage of the RV hookups, pitch a tent or rent an on-site teepee; then spend the evening winding down in one of three private tiled bathhouses. While you are there, don’t forget to say hello to the cute pair of buffaloes that live at the resort.

17) Diana’s Punch Bowl

The scalding temps at Diana’s Punch Bowl make this the only unsoakable spring on this list. But this geologic wonder is still worth a quick side trip for those visiting Pott’s Ranch, which is only 6 miles away. In the middle of a large travertine hill, you’ll find a sunken crater that measures 50 feet across by 30 feet deep and is full of 200-degree dark blue water, not unlike some of the hot pools found in Yellowstone. Use care when approaching the cauldron. Trust me. This is not something you want to fall into.

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada MAPPED: Diana's Punchbowl

Photo: Sydney Martinez, TravelNevada

18) Bog Hot Springs

Bog Hot Springs are unlike any other hot springs in Nevada. Rather than being a single stagnant pool, hot springin’ here involves sitting right in the middle of a warm flowing river. Pools are terraced and temperatures vary – allowing you to find your ideal resting place. Be aware that the surrounding grasses can harbor microscopic red spider mites which can leave you with red itchy bumps on your skin. So dip at your own risk!

The 20 Best Hot Springs in Nevada MAPPED: Bog Hot Springs

Photo: Nick Bonzey

19) Steamboat Hot Springs

Need to rest those muscles after shredding the trails or slopes around Lake Tahoe? Steamboat Hot Springs is a commercial hot springs resort just south of downtown Reno that offers an outdoor tub, private baths, a steam room, massage, and aromatherapy. Water comes from a geothermal source and contains the same healing minerals you would find in a natural hot spring. Drop-ins are welcome for the outdoor tub, but appointments, which can be made online, are recommended for any of the spa’s other services.

20) Smith Creek Valley Hot Springs

Located on a dry desert lake bed in the middle of northern Nevada BLM land, the two metal troughs at the Smith Creek Hot Springs are very remote and well spaced out, offering plenty of privacy. Smith Creek also isn’t too far from Spencer Hot Springs, so definitely double dip if you have the time.



*This article was sponsored by Travel Nevada and originally appeared on the Matador Network*

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  1. Is there any cell reception at Smith Creek Valley?

      Hey Albert – I’m not sure about that, but my guess is no. Cell service all over rural Nevada is pretty limited.

    Trego Hot Springs is a decent enough place for a soak, but do be aware that –– before Burning Man, and especially after –– the springs get a lot of use, and have pretty much a “communal bath” feel and atmosphere. Though I make semi-regular visits to the playa when The Man gets ready for his burn, I now pretty much avoid Trego during festival time.

    No map? Error 500 🙁

      Thanks Tom for watching out for us. Good as new now, nice email by the way!

    bummer to give directions to these beauties, guess thats why some are now off limits and others are destroyed.

      The Nevada Tourism board paid me to write this post for a much bigger outlet. So you can start your complaining with them. Second, my blog post is not why these places are off limits or destroyed. It’s because PEOPLE are jerks and don’t have any respect. If they didn’t find the hot spring on my blog, they’d find it in a book or some other website, just like I did. Unlike big media companies that also share these places, I make a big effort to educate people on Leave No Trace practices. I talk about it in this post and I’ve shared a number of other articles about Leave No Trace on my website.

    Which hot spring is featured in the cover photo? The photo with legs in clear water in a shallow creek bed (or river?) in the forest?

    Fantastic post! Though reading through I am still not sure which hot spring is the one in the cover photo and that one is calling me:)

    Just talked to a guy about our van at trader joes and he mentioned you he said he hired you at REI

    Kristen, so weird to see someone write about Ruby Valley Hot Springs. I had not seen any writeups and cruised out there maybe 15 years ago. There was no one around, but when I got there the spring was trashed – looked like 30 teenageers had a giant beer party some time before. I spent about an hour cleaning the litter up and put it in giant trash bags on my Jeep.

    After a soak/swim, I climbed up on the hill to the south to chill. After awhile a pickup truck showed up with three young men. They took what appeared to be a red gas can and inverted it and emptied the contents into the round spring pool. After awhile they jumped in and went swimming.

    Later I went down and talked to them and asked what was in the can. “Gasoline”. Why would you pour gasoline into a pool and then swim in it? They replied that the gasoline spreads out in a thin layer over the surface of the water and kills all the insects so you can swim. Apparently, this is what the locals have been doing for time immemorial at this site.

    I left, to return to the current century.

      Hi, Alan!
      Wow, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you stumbled upon us here and have explored Ruby Valley Hot Springs. I’m pretty shocked that the locals pour gasoline into the spring. I’ve never heard of that “method” to remove insects… I can’t help but wonder what long-term health effects those same young men are seeing today. Not to mention the harmful effect on the water source.

    I’ve been to Bog and Trego this past weekend, thanks to this blog ! We had a great time camping and visiting as newbies. This was definitely a different experience than what we are used to up in NY. But I look forward to checking out more from your list, thank you!

    Good response!

    I’ve seen so many great spots get roped or fenced off, and one even got bulldozed and filled due to disrespectable and disrespectful people.

    It’s why I always travel with a trash bag hiking or hot springing, so I can clean up after others as well as myself, in the hopes that these spots last forever.

    This info is all over the Internet. You are not the problem, entitled people are.

      Glad to hear that you’re helping to keep these spots nice for everyone for years to come. I think the best thing we can all do is set a good example, and whenever we share information about spots like this, make the importance of being respectful and leaving no trace very clear.

    Spencer Hot Springs , At night you couldn’t hear a thing, dead silence. It was kind of spooky. But my favorite memory, was midnight I am at the Hot spring on the top of the hill. Was enjoying the water when all of a sudden I hear and see 4 burros making loud noises and started rushing the Hot Spring. I had to move quick , butt naked jumping back in my truck before they bite my ass. I guess I was in there water hole. Scared the poop out of me. But would of made a good You Tube video. Was a great adventure to northern Nevada.

    Just visited Smith Creek hot springs (5/28/20). I do not suggest going out there. The tubs were all dismantled, filled with trash, and surrounded by super stinky green algae. Dead frogs everywhere with no soakable springs, all 170+ degrees. There were a few campers around, but there was broken glass all over the place as well as shotgun shells. Not worth the drive out to the middle of nowhere. Save yourself the time.

      Thank you for sharing that update Natalie! We (and our readers) really appreciate it.

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