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Where Are the Best Hot Springs In Northern Nevada?

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. 

For more info on how to safely and mindfully visit our public lands, click here.

Here are a few of the best hot springs in Northern Nevada:

  • Steamboat Hot Springs: Steamboat Hot Springs is conveniently located just south of downtown Reno, near Lake Tahoe. It is a popular pit-stop for many skiers who need a bit of rest and relaxation after a long day on the slopes. 

  • 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. 

  • Trego Hot Springs: Trego Hot Springs is a hidden gem. It is located in the Black Rock Desert, famous for hosting the annual Burning Man Festival. This natural hot spring is a wide pool with plenty of space for soaking, swimming, and socializing. And it features a soft mud bottom, which can be great for your skin. 

  • 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.  

  • Spencer Hot Springs: Spencer Hot Springs is an ideal destination located near Austin, Nevada. There are three pools to select from, each of which has a stunning view of the Nevada mountains. 

  • 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. 

  • Kyle Hot Springs: Kyle Hot Springs may not offer the beautiful scenery that you can find at other hot springs in northern Nevada, but it is rustic. It does have two large soaking tubs with views of the nearby valley. 

  • 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. 

  • Gold Strike Hot Spring: Gold Strike Hot Spring is ideal for anyone who wants to hike and then take a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring. This spring is located in southern Nevada, near Hoover Dam. To get there, you must follow the trail through Gold Strike Canyon. The canyon is filled with natural, picturesque scenery of the canyon walls, waterfalls, and wildlife, including Desert Bighorn Sheep. 

  • 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. 

  • Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs: Fish Lake Valley hot springs are located near the small farming community of Dyer near the border with California. It features a gravel-bottomed, outdoor cement hot spring tub with a depth of four feet, with two nearby swimming holes that house goldfish. 

  • 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. 

  • Virgin Valley Hot Springs: The Virgin Valley Hot Springs is located in Northern Nevada’s hidden high desert. It is an easy place to escape for a day trip and appreciate the area's natural wonder. It is located near the public lands of Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge near the border with Oregon. 

  • 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. 

  • Soldier Meadows Hot Springs: This retreat is one of northern Nevada's most hidden hot springs. It is also located near the Black Rock Desert and comprises six pools situated in the middle of the desert. The spring is located near a highly-vegetated area, featuring breathtaking views of the distant mountains. It is also near dozens of trails and creeks, which makes it an ideal location to spend a night or two when hiking or camping. 

  • Ruby Valley Hot Springs: Ruby Valley Hot Springs is an ideal location for someone looking for a bit more adventure. It is located on the border of Ruby Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the most remote wildlife refuges in the United States. It features naturally pristine pools with varying water temperatures. The main pool is large and deep, with an average temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  • 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!

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