Located throughout Nevada, mineral-rich soaking pools offer a great opportunity for healing and relaxation. While some springs are in easily accessible areas, the majority are primitive sites, nestled within the natural landscape, such as the case of Paradise Valley Hot Springs.
It’s situated about 3 hours northeast of Reno, and not too far south of the Oregon border. Nevada’s sprawling landscape encompasses many different types of terrain, from sandy deserts and grassy valleys to snow-covered mountains and dense forests. Widely known for its beautiful scenery and clear star-gazing skies, this area of the US is also home to many hot springs.
Known as Little Humboldt Hot Springs
Located near the historical town of Paradise Valley, Paradise Valley Hot Springs, also known as Little Humboldt Hot Springs, is situated on private land that has been graciously shared with the public. As an undeveloped hot spring, you will be able to enjoy the area in its most natural and pristine state.
The source water bubbles up from Diana’s Punchbowl at 130°F, where it then fills a deep crater depression. As the water overflows, it pours into a creek that runs to the river, helping to cool down the temperature. From there it is diverted into the soaking tubs with the help of multiple pipes.
Note: Do not soak in the cauldron, the water will burn you.
The Soaking Tubs
There are 2 soaking tubs for you to enjoy at Paradise Valley Hot Springs; one green and one blue. The green tub is located in the river and tends to fill up with sediment-rich water during times of heavy rain. The overflowing river will flood the tub, making it a great spot for cool water soaks during hot summer days.
The blue tub has been placed on a wooden platform with a small deck next to it. Because it is not influenced by the rising water of the creek, you will need to wait for the water to cool after filling it from the spout. You can also use buckets to add water from the river to help lower the temperature.
Camping is not permitted on site but across the road is BLM land, which is public access. You can set up a tent here and enjoy the hot spring pools at your leisure. Dispersed camping is free here and there is a 14-day limit. There are no amenities, so bring all the water and supplies you need, and pack out all your trash and belongings.
Address: Shelton Lane by Little Humboldt River, Nevada 89426
Season: Year-round; check weather conditions
GPS: N 41°25.328′ W 117°23.246′ | 41.42213, -117.38743