While some people associate the Black Rock Desert with Burning Man, a notorious annual gathering of artists and musicians in the desert, this site also offers multiple primitive hot springs, such as the Dyke Hot Springs. Known for its natural mineral water, this hot spring attracts visitors far and wide.
Located at the northeastern edge of the Black Rock Desert, Dyke Hot Springs lies at the foot of the beautiful Pine Forest Range. While this hot spring is primitive in nature, what makes this spot special is the abundance of wildlife that surrounds you as you soak. The relatively flat, lush area around the hot springs is filled with frogs, birds, and other small animals all going about their business.
Natural Hot Springs
The source of this hot spring is found at the top of a hill that flows down to form a small creek. Positioned along this creek, visitors will find four bathtubs available to soak in, all resting on wood slats above the creek.
Water from the creek is diverted by pipes, allowing guests to fill them up by hand. The water ranges between 140°F and 150°F at the source, so after filling your tub, you will need to wait about 45 minutes for it to cool down to a suitable soaking temperature.
Note: Once you are finished soaking in the natural mineral water, drain the tubs to help prevent algae growth.
You can lay back and relax in the healing water while taking in the sounds of nature around you. The tranquil, undeveloped setting truly makes this one of the best hot springs in Nevada.
It should be mentioned that while visiting Dyke Hot Spring is free, there are no amenities in the area and camping is highly discouraged. The closest place to stay is Denio Junctions, Located 40 miles north of the spring. There, you can find food, gas, and lodging accommodations.
From Denio Junction – Take NV-140 south for 25 miles to Duffurena Road/Big Creek Road. Take a right onto Big Creek Road and drive 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. After 0.85 miles, when you pass a ranch, bear left on the fork. After 1-mile turn left into the parking area.
Address: Northeastern edge of the Black Rock Desert, Nevada 89445
Season: Year-round, weather conditions permitting
GPS: N 41°34.050′ W 118°34.036′ | 41.567498, -118.567260