This is the best place in Nevada to rinse and relax after a long day on the dusty trail. Wochit
Enjoy the view of the snow-covered White Mountains while you soak
You probably haven’t heard of Fish Lake Valley.
It’s located in a remote, geographically isolated corner of Nevada’s least populous county.
But if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway it’s as good or better than a penthouse suite on the Las Vegas Strip. And a whole lot cheaper, too.
That’s because the valley is home to one of Nevada’s nicer public hot spring.
The spring is located east of Nevada State Route 264 and features a panoramic view of the White Mountains and Boundary Peak, elevation 13,146 feet.
We recently made the 200-mile drive from Reno just to soak in the spring and it was well worth the effort.
It’s surrounded by Bureau of Land Management land and maintained as a public spring by Esmeralda County, so anyone can use it and there is no fee.
The spring itself is capped with a pump house that diverts the approximately 105-degree water from the ground into a concrete basin that can easily accommodate six or seven people.
When we arrived on a Saturday afternoon the spring was already occupied by five Reno residents in various stages of undress.
Group members said the spring was one last stop to relax following a hiking and camping trip that included stops in Pinnacles and Death Valley national parks.
Once they completed their soak we had the spring to ourselves for the remainder of our visit.
With plenty of room to stretch out I laid back and alternated between gazing at the view of the mountains to the west and watching birds in a nearby pond. My traveling companion alternated between soaking in the water and photographing the surrounding landscape.
While we had the water to ourselves there were several campers in the area in RVs scattered about the site.
A few strolled by and introduced themselves and made small talk about the springs, the wildlife and the views.
Within a few hours we had our fill of soaking and photography so it was time to make the long drive back to Reno.
We broke up the drive with a stop in Hawthorne for snacks and another at Walker Lake to enjoy the scenery and stretch our legs.
If you go: Fish Lake Valley Hot Well
Location: Dyer, Nev.
From Reno: Fish Lake Valley is 215 miles one-way via U.S. Highway 95, towns en route include Fernley, Fallon, Hawthorne, Luning and Mina.
From Mina: Continue south on 95 to State Highway 360, turn right, follow to U.S. Highway 6, turn left, follow to State Highway 264, turn right, follow 264 past the intersection with Nevada State Route 773 and continue on 264 to Willow Road, turn left. The dirt road will eventually lead to the hot spring.
Amenities: Running water, pit toilet.