One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in Nevada is being able to experience the hundreds of mineral hot springs located throughout the state, such as the Fish Lake Valley Hot Spring. It’s located about 25 minutes drive (18 miles) from Dyer, in southwest Nevada.
While many people will prepare a luxurious bubble bath for themselves, this spring allows visitors to soak in the healing mineral waters amidst Dyer’s beautiful landscape. The Fish Lake Valley Hot Spring was actually formed from a well drilled in the 1800s. Since then, a cement hot spring tub was built to allow visitors to soak and enjoy the healing mineral water.
With a panoramic view of the White Mountains and Boundary Peak, the rolling landscape makes this location breathtaking. These beautiful visuals are one of the reasons this hot spring attracts visitors from all over.
The overflow from the soaking pool goes on to the large pond downstream, which is full of goldfish and frequented by a variety of wildlife. As the water flows towards the pond, the temperature decreases enough to sustain wildlife, making this a great spot to get in some summer swimming.
Additionally, it’s not uncommon to see many different species of birds hanging out at the pond downstream. It’s perfect for any nature photography enthusiast trying to capture a few pictures.
Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs Tub
The tub at Fish Lake Valley Hot Well is large enough for 6 people to comfortably soak, while its depth of 4 ft allows for total body immersion. The tub is surrounded by a cinder block wall, giving visitors a sense of privacy while relaxing.
The hot mineral water fills the tub from a pump hose and flows out at a toasty 105°F. Because of the overflow, the water is constantly being refreshed, keeping the temperature consistent, and the water clear and clean.
This hot spring is clothing optional and does attract visitors in the summer, so be prepared to meet with locals and other travelers.
Amenities and Camping
The Fish Lake Valley hot spring is popular among RV campers, hikers, and photographers. While there are no designated numbered spots for RVs and tents, dispersed camping is permitted. Please use pre-existing campsites, look for a firring as evidence.
This hot spring is free and is one of the only spots in Nevada that has fire pits and BBQs. This makes it a popular location for overnight guests. There is also a vault toilet, which makes this location suitable for individuals who are not used to the lack of amenities you typically find when visiting a primitive hot spring.
It’s best to set up your campsite a little further from the hot spring, to give you more privacy and to allow others to enjoy the springs without being on top of each other.
From Las Vegas, NV:
- From Las Vegas, Nevada follow US-95 N to NV-266 W in Esmeralda County for 168 miles [~2 h 30 min]
- Continue on NV-266 W for 78.6 miles until you reach your destination [~1 h 20 min]
Address: Valley Center Road, Dyer, Nevada 89010
GPS Coordinates: 37.8602, -117.9839
Season: Year-round; weather permitting