When most people consider visiting Nevada, they think of Las Vegas, nightlife, and partying. But Nevada can offer so much more than that. It is one of the most underrated states in terms of outdoor activities and natural beauty.
Of course, it has mountains and deserts with incredible views. But it also has many natural hot springs, which can be the highlight of any vacation - even if it’s just a day trip or a short weekend.
As always with outdoors activities you do want to be mindful of your surroundings and the land you’re enjoying. Please always pay close attention to state rules and regulations. Always pack in-pack it out, meaning leave no trace. Also, always use a thermal gun to read temperatures of a spring.
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Here are a few of the best hot springs in Northern Nevada:
The water comes from a geothermal source containing healing minerals. The hot springs also offer outdoor soaking tubs, private baths, a steam room, massage, and aromatherapy. This natural wonder is easily accessible and perfect for those looking for a quick trip to relax.
The waters are some of the warmest you can find in the state's northern area. Also, camping is permissible, so long as campers are at least 300 feet from the springs.
It is also near campgrounds, making it an excellent location for a quick trip to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. So it’s no wonder that Spencer is one of the state’s most popular hot springs. Spencer Hot Springs is fed by water around 130 degrees Fahrenheit, although the temperature is more moderate in the soaking tubs.
The water is warm, healing, and therapeutic, although it is usually in the low 90s, which is lower than many other hot springs. And as a bonus, Kyle Hot Springs may not be quite as busy as some of the other hot springs, making it easier to relax.
The trail is easy enough for even beginning hikers, so long as they watch their step. And as a reward, when you arrive, there are many individual pools to soak and relax before hiking back to the parking area. It is also near the Colorado River, so visitors can easily access the marina to kayak.
These hot springs are easily accessible for nearly anyone. They include handrails and a stepladder. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the view of the stunning snow-capped Eastern Sierra Mountains on one side and the White Mountains on the other side of the hot springs when visiting.
It is a great stop for those hiking up White Mountain Peak, which stands over 14,000 feet above sea level. And anyone hiking that mountain will likely need a long soak to relax.
This hot spring has a wide, clear, emerald green pool with a gravel bottom. It is large, measuring 30 by 35 feet with a depth of five feet. And one of the biggest appeals of Virgin Valley Hot Springs is its location near the wildlife refuge.
This means you might spot a ton of native animals, such as migratory birds, American pronghorn, antelope, and Mustang. The water typically stays at around 90 degrees.
Summer is almost here, it’s time to get outside. And few outdoor activities are more enjoyable than visiting hot springs. These locations can provide mental peace as they are surrounded by nature and its beautiful scenery, and they are also relaxing.
So, whether you are looking to plan a day trip, a short camping trip, or something longer, it’s worth adding a couple of these hot springs in northern Nevada. They will be the highlight of any trip!