Nevada is unique and it’s what I’ve called home for more than 20 years. Not only is it considered the driest state with less than 10 inches of rain per year, Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in America.
Here is a roundup of the best hot springs to find in the silver state along with tips so you can take advantage of these beautifully rare natural resources.
Black Rock Springs
Black Rock Springs can be reached by following the western arm along the Playa which is also known as the Black Rock Desert. The springs are at the base of the large black rock which gives the desert its name. While the main pool is massive and reaches to unknown depths, it is also extremely hot so make sure you stay in the marshy areas where the water is cooled off considerably.
Soldier Meadow Springs
With a handful of immensely cool bathing opportunities submerged in the historic Soldier Meadows valley, Soldier Meadows hot springs will soon become your favorite go-to spot for relaxation. Don’t even worry about camping like other local hot springs, there is the Soldier Meadows Ranch and Lodge just across valley providing bunkhouse style accommodations with a series of private rooms for romantic getaways as well.
The Frog Pond
Just above the east side of the Black Rock Playa, you will find The Frog Pond with delightful water temperatures reaching 90 degrees. The pond itself creates its own ecosystem complete with trees and bushes surrounding the pond where – rumor has it – frogs where once farmed.
Trego Hot Springs
Another spring located on the east side of the Playa, Trego Hot Springs formed when the railroad tracks were being built. A ditch was created out of the water that was struck during construction, and in filled the hot water creating the spring that we see today.
As with any hot springs, take all precautions necessary to stay safe and avoid serious injury. Always test the water before getting in and always stay well-hydrated before and after your soak.
It’s important to note that while you explore Nevada’s stunning backcountry that you are prepared with extra fuel, food and water. Most hot springs are in remote areas where your cell service might fall short so be sure to bring a map and let others know where you are going before your trip.