Monitor Valley Hot Springs, also known as Potts Ranch Hot Springs, is one of series of natural hot springs flowing in the high desert of the Monitor Valley, 40 miles southeast of the living ghost town Austin.
On your way to the hot springs, you will pass Potts, an abandoned ranch and ghost town, consisting of two buildings. The ranch is located within a short distance from the hot springs.
Bathing in this hot spring was impossible during our last visit in 2019. There were no soaking tubs or a pool available.
The hot water emerges from the source at 110°F and flows down a ditch and then it is collected by a few pipes. Potentially, it could be transferred into the tub.
There are a bench and wood deck where the soaking tub should be. I truly hope, one day the bathing will be possible at this great hot springs site.
Monitor Valley Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 28 miles southeast of Austin • Central Nevada • USA
Open: 365 days a year
Development: Undeveloped, bathing opportunity is limited
Service: No service
Toquima Cave Campground - 17 miles northwest
5 single sites, 1 camping trailer, 1 group site, No reservations;
Pine Creek Campground - 22 miles south
10 single sites, No reservations
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: High-clearance 4WD vehicle is suggested for the final few miles
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 6,620 ft (2,017 m)
- Travel about 12 miles east on US-50 to NV-376 S
- Turn right onto NV-376 S and after 0.3 miles turn left onto the first graded forest road NF-001
- Follow southeast on NF-001 for about 24 miles to Monitor Valley Road NV-82
- Turn right onto NV-82 and after a ranch keep left
- Continue for about 3.5 miles to a fork and bear left
- Drive 2.9 miles on FR 25 to a fork ( you will pass abandoned Potts Ranch)
- Bear right on a dirt road and continue 0.5 miles to the hot springs.