Dyke Hot Springs is located at the northeastern edge of the Black Rock Desert in a small isolated valley at the foot of the Pine Forest Range. Dyke Hot Springs is a collection of a few springs coming out of the ground at extremely hot temperatures.
The springs from the sources flow out of the hill into a small stream that runs through the ravine into a man-made pond with a variety of wildlife including goldfish, croaking frogs, and birds.
In the middle of the hot stream just below the source, you will find four old bathtubs, standing on wooden planks. Use a plastic pipe to fill them up. The water is too hot for a comfortable soaking, so, you should divert the pipe and wait while it is cooling down. It takes from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the weather conditions.
Finally, you can soak and relax in the mineral water while enjoying a perfect view of the beautiful landscape and the low sky of the Nevada high desert. Leave the tubs empty when you are done to prevent bacteria and algae growth.
This destination is not so popular. During our trip, it was just one camp of a hunter and his wife. The hunter was waiting for 33 years to be of those of 11 hunters to obtain a tag for California Bighorn Sheep hunting in the Pine Forest Range.
All services are in Denio Junctions, 39 miles north. Overnight camping is not prohibited.
Any vehicle can access the hot springs during dry weather via a good dirt road along the Pine Forest Range.
Dyke Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 83 miles northwest of Winnemucca • Northwestern Nevada • USA
Open: 365 days a year
Accommodations: Camping is not prohibited
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Most passenger vehicles; a 4WD vehicle is recommended in the winter
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 4,250 ft (1,295 m)
From Denio Junction,
- Drive 25.2 miles to Duffurena Road (Big Creek Road on the road signs) and turn right (west) after milepost 41
- If you follow on US 140 from US 95, turn left (west) between milepost 40 and 41 (40.9)
- Follow 6.8 miles to the intersection of Big Creek Road and Woodward Road
- Turn left onto Woodward Road and continue 3.9 miles to the destination
- When you pass a ranch, after 0.85 miles bear left on the folk and then in 1 mile turn left on the parking area.