Carson City Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Nevada proudly boasts more hot springs than any other state. If you’ve soaked in one, you know what blissful sanctuaries they truly are. So let’s keep it that way. Do the homework, pack the right gear, and embrace the required etiquette, so you’re prepared to get yourself into only the right kind of hot water.

Get Stoked to Soak

Home of Most Natural Hot Springs in the U.S.

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Season

All Seasons

Region

State of Nevada

People have sought after and loved a good soak for centuries. Many Nevada hot springs are in a natural pool, old bathtub, or, in classic Nevada style, a “cowboy tub”—AKA a reimagined, upcycled cattle trough—with water flowing or piped into it from a nearby source. If that’s a little too backcountry for ya, there are softer places to land—think resort hot springs ranging from kid-friendly pools to luxury spa getaways paired with wellness treatments.

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David Walley’s Resort

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Soldier Meadows Hot Springs

If you’d rather go wild than mild, Nevada’s abundant natural hot springs are what you’re after. They’re a glorious experience, but you gotta know a few things before you dip those toes in. Check out this handy, introductory hot springs how-to to ensure that your soak sessions are equal parts satisfying, safe, and responsible. Because all it takes is a few people to mess it up for the rest of us. Respect the springs!

Hot Springs How-To

Know Before You Soak

Google Maps Ain’t Gonna Cut It. In rural Nevada, Google Maps are just about as handy as a full-on scuba setup on the Black Rock Desert Playa. Spring for a topo map or even better, invest in a super-detailed atlas and get down on some good, old-fashioned navigating.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Preserve the thrill of the hunt! See those geotags on our Insta hot spring pics? Nope. Sure, some soakers ‘Gram their shots, but we encourage keeping locations off the social map. In other words, don’t be a geobag!

Live by the Buddy System. Heading out for the weekend? It’s a smart idea to let a friend know what section of Nevada you’re heading to and it’s always a good idea to bring friends along with you—for company and safety—when you’re exploring the unknown.

Grab the Right Garments. Many Nevada hot springs are surrounded by a muddy alkali surface that you won’t be able to drive on. When hunting down a spring, plan to park a good way away, whether there’s weather or not. It’s smart to pack a pair of shoes that you’re not afraid to get messy in. Another foolproof trick? Bring a cozy après-soak robe, outfit, or even a spare swimsuit (if that’s your thing), because who wants to spring-hop in wet clothes?

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Black Rock Hot Springs

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Spencer Hot Springs

What Dress Code? It’s normal to rock up to a spring and find everyone in suits—of the swim or birthday variety. While there is no set rule, respect and courtesy go a long way. Don’t worry; if you find a tub full of bare-it-all bathers, no one will make you “follow suit.” But likewise, if you show up underdressed to a shirts-and-shorts convention, gauge the group. They should be OK with you strippin’ down, but you may want to ask politely, or at least slip in discreetly. As in the rest of life, just don’t be a weirdo and the good times should flow for everyone.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

No glass-holes allowed! A sip when you dip is one of life’s true joys, but keep it to cans, camp cups, and other unbreakable vessels only.

Don’t Put Yourself in the Hot Seat. Things can change fast out here, including thermal activity, so always check the temperature before hopping in. Done tubbing? If there’s a valve to control flow, leave a trickle—not a raging torrent—to keep the water primed for its next guests. And with extremely hot pools often nearby, be sure to keep close tabs on your pets, especially if you’re camping overnight. We recommend keeping your head above water, too, as these geothermal soak sources are also enjoyed by wildlife (microscopic and otherwise).

Don’t Get Too In-Tents. Park your tents, vans, and other sleep vessels far enough from the spring that your campsite doesn’t hog the view, hijack the spring’s ambiance, or scare off any local critters who rely on it as a life source. Private property? Camping is frowned upon without permission or a sign that says you can. Campfires are fun, but be aware of all local restrictions and NEVER leave one smoldering; make sure that bad boy is drowned out before you hit the sack or the road.

Leave It How You Found It. Being a good steward is what hot springing is all about. There are phenomenal hot springs on private land, and many Nevada ranchers out here let people enjoy them as long as they don’t trash them. If the gate on the road is open, leave it open. If you found the gate closed, close the gate once you’ve passed through. And of course, anything you pack in (or happen to find that shouldn’t be there), always pack it out.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

For our expanded, 10-point Hot Spring Etiquette guide, click here. Please share it with your fellow adventurers! The more we all follow these “unwritten” rules, the more likely it is that these precious resources will be there for future generations.
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Soldier Meadows Hot Springs

Hot Springs Favorites

I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

There are dozens and dozens of natural Nevada hot springs you’ll never find on this site. In fact, the only ones you’ll ever hear us mention are well-known, classic Nevada hot springs located squarely on public land, which have been long loved travelers and promoted by locals. Follow our lead and help us keep these resources sacred for all of us.

#NVHotSprings

Look too good to be true? It’s not. It’s in our backyard. You’re probably not gonna be able to post it until you get back on the grid, but don’t forget to tag #NVHotSprings to get featured here. Heck, if we love your photo, you may find it here. Happy soaking.

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Throw back to pipeswagga bagpiping in a kilt on a hot spring in the desert. What a day this was😂

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Today is the first day in a week I’ve truly felt good. I’ve had so many worries a lot of people don’t know about. A lot of worries that are eating me away mentally and causing me pain physically. Physically to where I want to cry because I’m so stiff and I can’t move. Tyler has helped me through so much whether helping me talk things out to giving me endless rubs. It was finally when travelnevada and sydneymmartinez posted about Carson Hot Springs, and I said, “well let’s just go,” and let me say, WORTH IT. I feel so much better. 100♨️ Pool and Sauna really hit the spot. I’ll be back again soon. #nevadahotsprings #hotsprings #naturalhotsprings #homemeansnevada #travelnevada #yesnevada #nevadaspeaks #sogood #feelgood #relax #carsonhotsprings #ihavesomanyproblems #warmsprings
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Throwback to when I found out there is a hot spring less than an hour outside Las Vegas 🖤
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