Sitting in the very top of Nevada’s northwest region is Bog Hot Springs, another great springing experience to add to the list. As one of the most geothermally active states in the country, the amount of hot springs in Nevada is abundant. While there is no shortage of springing experiences, several stand out, including Bog Hot Springs.
When visiting Bog Hot Springs, visitors can wade around the expansive pools to find the perfect temperature to suit their needs, as warmth varies from pool to pool. Aside from the most ideal range of temperatures, another unique feature of Bog Hot Springs is the incredible abundance of water the springs produce. While many other springs in the Silver State are undoubtedly flowing, Bot Hot Springs is gushing at about 1,000 gallons per minute. More of a hot springs river, a trek to Bog Hot Springs will not be forgotten.
Also, beware of some critters you DON'T want to familiarize yourself with. During the spring months some not-so-lovely parasitic insects called Red Spider Mites can live in naturally occurring hot springs, i.e. ones with muddy bottoms. Hot springing enthusiasts, meet your nemesis. Barely visible to the naked eye, these tiny scarlet mites typically live around the edge of and on top of the water in very few Nevada hot springs and cling to your body and proceed to bite your skin in an unsuccessful attempt to lay eggs. [Ew!] These bites leave itchy red sores that typically take a few weeks to fully heal. SO, considering they’re almost impossible to see with the naked eye, before jumping into the water, dip one of your fingers in and see if any bugs swarm to it. If tiny red bugs swarm to your hand, DO NOT GET IN.
Hot springing enthusiasts have got to add this one to the list!
From Denio Junction, head west on State Route 140. Follow this road approximately 11.7 miles and make a right hand turn [so you’re headed north] on Bog Hot Road. Follow this well maintained dirt road for nearly 5 miles. Take a left at the fork, which leads directly to the hot spring. Remember, this source is different than other Nevada hot springs; you will not be looking for a cattle trough or tub. Instead, keep an eye out for a creek or small river.
Whether you decided to visit a well-known hot spring or attempt to venture to a lesser-known geothermal zone, be sure to follow tips to keep yourself and others around you safe.
Always test the temperature of the water before getting in a natural hot spring. Even well-known springs can drastically change temperatures, so testing the water each time will ensure you don't step into a spring that’s too hot. A food thermometer works well for testing.
- Always be sure to bring a proper vehicle with enough gas to make it to and from your destination, as well as plenty of extra food and water in case you have vehicle trouble. Often times Nevada hot springs are located in remote areas. Be sure to bring a detailed map and let people know where you are going before embarking.
- While falling ill from swimming in hot springs is extremely rare, there is still a possibility that could happen. Some hot springs contain organisms that could be harmful to humans. It may be a good idea to keep your head above water at all times.
- Please pick up any trash you bring to a hot spring. A much-anticipated soak in nature could be tainted by a spring riddled with trash and broken glass.
- Because of potential slippery or sharp rocks and occasional broken glass, a pair of sturdy water shoes is recommended before stepping in.