When it comes to pampering yourself with a spa day, there are plenty of luxurious options to choose from in Reno Tahoe. But if you’re seeking something a little more on the wild side, a trek to one of the many area hot springs might be just what you’re looking for. With options ranging from rustic resorts to remote, find the hot spring that’s calling your name.
So you want to embark on a hot spring adventure? Be ready for an experience MUCH different than a spa day at a downtown resort. But don’t worry, with some preparation, you’ll be a hot spring junky in no time. Just keep these things in mind before you go.
Located near the Black Rock Desert, Trego Hot Spring is on BLM land, meaning it is open to the public for all to enjoy. This particular hot spring is quite large with hot water mixing into a stream with some pools of calm water, so there is plenty of room for a group of people. It is fairly isolated and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended for the gravel road leading to the hot spring.
If you really want to get away from it all, then Soldier Meadows Hot Springs is for you. Part of the Black Rock High Rock Emigrant Trails Conservation Area, these hot springs are located in what is called “Cowboy Country,” about four hours north of Reno. In addition to the main pool near the parking area, adventurers will find several springs dammed into pools along the creek, giving you plenty of soaking options. Make a weekend of it with a stay at Soldier Meadows Ranch & Lodge, which offers guests a relaxing and truly Western experience.
You will find panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and two soaking tubs – a trough and a concrete pool – at this hot spring location. A hots springs resort in the early 20th century, little remains today other than some foundations and small features. Temperatures fluctuate in these pools so make sure you check the water before getting in.
Two overlapping pools make up Black Rock Hot Springs – a smaller, deeper pool whose temperature is too hot to enter, and a larger, slightly cooler pool that is suitable for soaking. Take in the expansive views of the Black Rock playa while you relax in this remote hot spring.
If a bit more ‘civilized’ experience is what you seek, visit one of the hot spring resorts in the area. Steamboat Hot Springs provides a truly spa-like experience, complete with facial treatments, massage services, and more, in addition to the tradition hot spring services. South of Reno, in Carson City, Carson Hot Springs offers their guests a large, outdoor pool fed by hot mineral water, as well as smaller, jetted tubs.