• Lee Hot Springs is a hidden geothermal area in the Nevada desert
• Spring waters at 200°F flow out from cracks in the Earth's crust
Located 19 miles away from Fallon, Lee Hot Springs is a geothermal area hidden in the high Nevada desert and surrounded by rolling hills covered with sagebrush. Up until the late part of the 1990s, there was very little water at the springs, but later thermal water's flow increased tremendously.
The hot springs at 200°F emerge from a fracture in the rocky ground. Because the source of water is extremely hot, it was fenced to prevent any accidents. The warning signs were posted.
The scalding water is transferred from the source into a small pond. Once it reaches the pond, the temperature drops to 105-110°F depending on weather conditions. At the time of our visit in September, soaking was impossible because the underground outflow wasn't large enough to fill out the pond.
There are rusted old bathtubs on-site which indicate that before visitors filled them up and waited for the water to cool down.
The road to the hot springs from the highway is undeveloped and requires a high-clearance vehicle.
There is no developed campsite at the hot springs.
Lee Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 28 miles south of Fallon • Central Nevada • USA
Open: 365 days a year
Development: Undeveloped, bathing opportunity is limited
Accommodations: Camping is not prohibited
Hiking distance: From 0 to 1.7 miles
Road Access: High-clearance 4WD vehicle is required for the final 1.7 miles when the road is okay
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,219 m)
Directions to Lee Hot Springs
From Highway 50 in Fallon,
- Turn south onto Highway 95
- Travel 17.6 miles to the road to the dumping station on the left
- Turn left and go 0.1 miles to the dirt road on the right
- Turn right and follow 1.7 miles to the destination.
The road is not maintained, only high-clearance vehicles can make this trip.