Surrounded by the picturesque views of the Sierra Nevada, David Walley’s Resort is a getaway for all ages. Since its conception almost 160 years ago, the resort has offered patrons the ultimate relaxation experience thanks to its mineral-rich waters. Enjoy spacious condo-style lodging, including studios, one- & two-bedroom villas, and two- & three-bedroom cottages. Plus, each room features a full kitchen or kitchenette complete with cookware and tableware.
Kick back in one of the five on-site hot spring mineral pools that hot water enthusiasts have been enjoying for longer than Nevada has been a state. Afterward, grab a bite in the on-site, rustic-yet-elegant 1862 Restaurant & Saloon, offering creative upscale dining, an extensive wine/beer/cocktail menu, and the ambiance of a mountain lodge.
Historic David Walley’s Hot Springs
Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-packed ski adventure, a luxuriously therapeutic getaway, or a solid dose of history, David Walley’s Resort seems to have it all. Nestled on the western side of Carson Valley and minutes from Genoa—Nevada’s oldest settlement—it’s no wonder this unique destination is full of the Silver State’s most long-standing history.
During the 1850s, the American West promised a fresh start and new fortune, persuading thousands to make the trek westward. A young New Yorker named David Walley was no exception, and he moved to Genoa in search of his own prosperity. But, the fortune he found didn’t lie in the gold fields of California or even in the nearby Comstock Lode of Virginia City. It was in the water.
Walley, employed in the Genoa area, was tasked with digging a tunnel directly across from the natural hot springs that sat just 1.5 miles from town. After taking advantage of a nice soak and experiencing the springs’ therapeutic value firsthand, Walley purchased the hot springs and surrounding property, and started charging 50 cents a bath. Walley’s hot springs soon became quite a success and he, along with his wife, set out to expand the property.
During the same time, the legendary Pony Express was in operation, running a route adjacent to Walley’s hot springs. The town of Genoa was a station on the trail and, story goes, that riders would sometimes stop here for a rest, taking advantage of the restorative natural hot springs as a way to soothe their aches and pains.
By 1862, an opulent resort was built, offering up a 40-room hotel with 11 bathrooms, a grand ballroom, a large stable, a swimming pool, and several bathhouses with a resident physician and masseur. From that point on, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort was well known for its famed baths and became a regular for passengers along stagecoach routes. While David Walley’s began as a place for weary miners to relax, it soon became an icon for affluence, drawing high society from near and far, including famed writer Mark Twain, movie stars like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, and a handful of United States presidents.
Since opening pre-statehood, David Walley’s Resort has seen several owners and survived a devastating fire. But, several original buildings still remain on-site as does one of the original stone soaking tubs. The present-day resort has done well to keep Walley’s legacy alive by hosting guests from around the world in a modern and relaxing getaway.
Visiting David Walley’s Genoa Hot Springs Today
Masters at combining luxury, health, beauty, and vitality, the resort-style, year-round retreat is unlike any other in the Silver State. Hot spring enthusiasts will be delighted to find a large heated swimming pool and five separate mineral spas with temperatures ranging from 98 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The geothermal water that is funneled into these hot springs is naturally produced from the Earth’s mantle and filtered and cycled every 2-3 hours.
Many restorative benefits are believed to be found in natural hot springs water, including potassium and sodium, which can eliminate toxins, alleviate arthritic symptoms, and promote healthy skin. But of all the enriching minerals found in the natural hot springs, perhaps the most impactful is sulfur, which happens to be the main mineral found at David Walley’s. Sulfur has been medicinally used for thousands of years and is more popularly found in keratin, which has been associated with strong hair, nails, and skin.
Overnight Accommodations & Dining at David Walley’s Resort
Vacations at David Walley’s Resort are truly unforgettable and one-of-a-kind. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada, you’ll be just 16 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Choose from spacious studios or comfortable one- and two-bedroom villas, or opt for full luxury in a two- or three-bedroom cottage with upgraded amenities. No matter which lodging you prefer, David Walley’s Resort will deliver a perfect getaway.
Inside 1862 Restaurant & Saloon, enjoy the wonderful warmth and ambiance of a historic lodge, with beautiful mountain views and casual fine American dining that entertains your palette for lunch and dinner. Fine dining shines here—think filet mignon, prime rib, and slow-braised ribs—with pizza, sandwiches, and salads rounding out the menu. Cap the evening with a Tahoe Lemonade or David Walley’s Signature Bloody Mary. Other on-site amenities include a fitness center, business center, free Wi-Fi, billiards, volleyball court, playground, and board game library.
David Walley’s Hot Springs is open daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
For the most up to date information on rates, please contact the property directly at (775) 782-8155.