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 hot spring resorts to remote natural pools, it’s time to discover the hot springs near Reno Tahoe that are calling your name.
Hot Springs in Reno Tahoe: Ground Rules to Get You Ready
So you want to embark on a Reno Tahoe hot springs adventure? Be ready for an experience much different than a day of spa treatments 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.
Dress accordingly. Depending on the area, you may have to walk the last stretch to the hot spring, and the desert isn’t easy terrain to navigate. Wear shoes suitable for walking through mud and sagebrush. After your soak, you’re probably getting out of that warm, welcoming water into chilly air so bring an extra suit and/or a change of warm, dry clothes. Towels, robes and even blankets are popular post-soak accessories to keep you warm on the way back to the car.
Speaking of dress. Northern Nevada hot springs are often located in remote areas where there isn’t a dress code, making clothing optional a sort of unspoken understanding. Don’t be shocked to find others soaking sans suits. Proceed with whatever your mood and comfort level.
Share and share alike. Since many Nevada hot springs are located on public land, that means everyone is lucky enough to be able to enjoy them. Which is awesome, but since they’re open to the public, that also means it’s good practice to share the space with others who want their turn in the water.
Better than you found it. Pack out everything you pack in and be respectful of these beautiful places that so many get to enjoy. There’s nothing worse than planning and driving, only to find that corner of wild zen trashed by someone else’s carelessness. If you do find other people’s trash, do yourself a karmic favor and pack it out too!
Thou shall not pass. Not ALL hot springs in Reno Tahoe are on public land, and if you decide to go in search of hot springs not listed below, be mindful of fences and private property boundaries.
Share…but not too much. Your Instagram feed might be overrun with likes and comments when you share your hot spring experience, but there’s a bit of an unspoken rule, no geotagging. Part of the fun is researching and finding these remote hot springs. Inspire others to seize the opportunity for adventure, but don’t give away all the secrets!
Safety first. These hot springs are naturally-fed, meaning the temperature can vary by season, or even day-to-day. Always check the water temperature, and if you decide to bring your furry best friend, please keep them safely secured away from hot water sources.
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 Nevada hot spring is quite large and has hot water mixing into a stream with 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.
Trego Hot Springs – Photo courtesy of Sydney Martinez/Travel Nevada
Two overlapping pools make up Black Rock Hot Springs, a smaller, deeper pool at a temperature that 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 Nevada hot spring.
Hot Spring Resorts
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. Hot springs flow through 1862 David Walley’s Resort, located in Genoa with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Carson Valley. The resort offers steam rooms and mineral spas, as well as massage and body treatments for a true spa experience.