After ripping around the Black Rock playa, what better way to clean up and unwind that soaking in a hot spring? Located on BLM land, Trego Hot Springs is open to the public and available for all to enjoy. The kicker? This one is so large, a hot creek really, that it can host large groups. So, even if you show up and other folks are relaxing in the spring, there is plenty of room for your group as well.
Better yet, as Trego is on public land, visitors can stake the place out as a home base for adventure in northwestern Nevada. Set up camp near the spring and spend the day off-roading on the Black Rock playa, touring Guru Road, exploring historical ruins, grabbing a meal at Bruno’s in Gerlach, or snagging some renowned Planet X pottery. Plus, if you’re into springs, Trego is in the middle of a hotbed of geothermal activity. If you’re going to Trego, make a night of it and day trip to Black Rock, Soldier Meadows, Dyke, or Virgin Valley hot springs, all within a day’s drive.
The springs are about 40 minutes outside of Gerlach on a well-maintained dirt road. From downtown Gerlach, head southeast on Main Street toward Beechnut Court 0.4 miles. Continue onto NV-447 South for 2.8 miles before reaching State Route 48. Turn left [so you’re headed northeast] for about 2.1 miles. Continue onto Jungo Road for 14.4 miles. As you make your way to the springs, you’ll notice a railroad track to your left. Keep an eye on this, by the time you reach the spring, the tracks will be about 30 feet away. You’ll see some historical signage here and there, eventually making a right turn on Trego Road. Travel .02 miles, and make a slight left to the main source.
[Travel Nevada pro tip: When traveling to these remote Nevada hot springs, we’d recommend setting your vehicle’s odometer to zero for foolproof results.]
Whether you decide to visit a well-known hot spring or attempt to venture to a lesser-known geothermal zone, be sure to follow a few tips to keep yourself and others around you safe.
Always, ALWAYS test the temperature before getting into 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’re going before embarking.
- While falling ill from swimming in hot springs are extremely rare, there is still a possibility that it 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 can 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. Teva sandals are ideal.