There are plenty of fantastic hot springs in Nevada and Paradise Valley Hot Springs is no exception. In addition to an excellent soaking opportunity, you can explore an interesting geological formation on a small desert fault known as a travertine cauldron.
The site, also known as Little Humboldt Hot Springs, is situated quite a few miles off of Route 95 near the historical town Paradise Valley in the north central part of the state.
If you are looking to visit a tranquil isolated place, this is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a beautiful area on the bank of the Little Humboldt River.
With a mountainous backdrop with colors of white, gray, creme, and a few spots of green, the scalding springs bubble up at a temperature over 130°F (54°C) from a deep crater depression. The spring's water is collected in the naturally walled pool. Do not go to the crater for soaking!
The pool overflows into a creek that runs toward the river where it is partially diverted into soaking tubs. The water cools off in the tubs but might still be too hot for comfortable soaking. So, check the temperature before you get in.
Located above the river, a big soaking tub is connected to a wooden platform where you can relax before or after soaking in Paradise Valley Hot Springs.
A flood in 2017 submerged all tubs under brownish colored water of the Little Humboldt River. In 2018, the blue tub was available for soaking, but the green one was full of sediment-filled river water.
Getting to Paradise Valley Hot Springs requires driving on off-road dirt paths. A 4WD vehicle is recommended.
The hot springs are located on private property. Please do not abuse the privilege of accessing this beautiful spot, Leave No Trace!
Paradise Valley Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 45 miles northeast of Winnemucca • Northern Nevada • USA
Open: Year-round, accessible during dry seasons
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 4,500 ft (1,372 m)
- Travel 22 miles north on US 95
- Turn right (east) between milepost 23 and 24 (23.9) onto NV 290
- Continue 11.8 miles to Shelton Road
- Turn right onto Shelton Road and go 9.4 miles to the dirt road leading to the Little Humboldt River
- Bear right and drive the last 0.3 miles on the dirt road to the hot springs.