Located at a very depth of Fish Lake Valley between the Silver Peak Mountains and the White Mountains, this remote geothermal oasis features the panoramic view of the desert valley and snow capped mountains in the background. Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs aka " Hotbox" was discovered in 1970 by Fish Lake Power Company. Thirteen geothermal wells were drilled to discover oil fields. The hot water has been found in the one well only.
The geothermal water at a great rate of 50 gallons per minute is transferred from a deep artesian well into a concrete pool at 105-degree Fahrenheit. The 12 by 6 feet and 3 feet deep pool has a concrete patio and low fence from cinder blocks. The pool is furnished with handrails but there was no a sign of stepladder at the time of our visit. The hot water from the pools overflows into two man-made ponds full with colorful koi fish. The ponds water is just right for a refreshing swim on a hot summer day.
The temperature of the hot water in the tub at 105 degrees certainly favors soaking during fall and spring seasons.
Caution. The temperature of geothermal natural springs can change drastically anytime. Before getting into the water, always check the temperature.
The area of the Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs has been improved by Esmeralda County. There are plenty opportunities for visitors including free camping, bathing in the hot mineral water and swimming in the ponds, wildlife watching, or just relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere of the Nevada high desert. There is enough space for overnight parking. Facilities include fences, fire rings, grills, a sink with running water (not drinkable), trash cans, and pit toilet.
The increase in public use has been caused vandalism, trashing, killing wildlife, and loud parties. The posted sign notifies that if the vandalism and killing wildlife continue, this site will be closed. Please help to keep this unique area open. Do not abuse the privilege of accessing this beautiful spot. Pack out all trash.
A Few Words about Fish Lake Valley
Fish Lake Valley commenced akin to many of its counterparts in Nevada. This site attracted settlers in the mid-1870s when rich borax deposits were found and a mining district was established. The fortunes of the area changed with the establishment of a post office in 1881. Its postmaster, Alex Dyer prompted the local town to be named after him. The mountains and hills in the region play host to evidence of mining expeditions in form of neglected mining camps, pony and stagecoach trails.
Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 58 miles southwest of Tonopah • Nevada • USA
Services: Garbage cans, pit toilet, fire rings, grills
Accommodations: Free camping is available
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle when the small dirt road is dry. Do not drive in snowy or wet conditions.
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 4,728 ft (1,441 m)
From Tonopah in Nevada,
- Travel 46 miles west on Highway US-6 (US-95) to NV-773 south in Coaldale
- Turn left (south) to NV-773 and go 10.7 miles to NV-264
- Turn left onto NV-264 and travel 5.8 miles to graded dirt road.
- Continue 6.9 miles to the fork, bear left.
- Go 0.2 miles to the hot springs.
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