Hidden in the middle of the Nevada desert, Warm Springs is an abandoned town marked by a few dilapidated buildings and a large pool. The only people who ever come by are typically urban explorers or those interested in seeing the astounding natural hot spring for which the town was named after.
Warm Springs was first established in 1866 as a stop for stagecoaches and freight wagons. Even on its busiest days, it was a small town with very few people living there. The first mining boom in the area originally brought people in, however, once the boom ended, it once again became desolate. In 1979, a second mining boom in the area brought people back to this abandoned town.
A pool, bathhouse, and café were constructed by the Fallini family in hopes of gathering attention from those passing by on the road. For many of the early years, miners could purchase a meal and a bath in the warm waters. The second mining boom also did not last very long and soon the area became barren once more.
The Fallini’s shut down the diner and the pool, meanwhile, whatever was left of the town disappeared into the sands of the desert. The natural waters of the pool were left untouched.
Private Hot Springs in Nevada
Now, visitors can come to see and experience Warms Springs’ abandoned spa pool for themselves. In the middle of the desert, the pool stands out like an oasis. With several “no trespassing signs,” visitors should be cautious as the bathhouse and pool, though unkempt and aging, are considered private property.
Coming from a natural hot spring, above the pool, you can follow a creek to the source, which is located next to a small pool of boiling water. Visitors should avoid submerging any part of their body in the source as it will cause burns. Typically empty, the spring is full of water year-round.
A great place for history buffs, Warm Springs’ mineral-rich waters are a great place to unwind. Located off State Route 375, this abandoned hot spring is an excellent detour while visiting Nevada. It should be mentioned that you’re expected to pack out whatever you bring. There is no cell service of facilities, to make sure you prepare in advance.
Address: US-6, Tonopah, Nevada 89049