12 Mile Hot Springs, Nevada

One of the largest outdoor hot springs in Nevada is here.

The well-maintained hot springs provide clear and odorless water, which may appeal to all tastes.

Wrecked Bridge

It is close to the state border with Idaho.

The climate was freezing even in early spring.

Muddy Road 1

The interesting name, 12 Mile Hot Springs comes from the distance from the nearby town, Wells.

My car was about to get stuck on the muddy road along the Bishop Creek.

Muddy Road 2

I carefully drove back, parked the car, and started walking on the rest of trail for approximately two miles.

I found a mid-sized dam in the valley.

Wrecked Bridge 1

I had to cross the river, but the bridge plates were completely wrecked.

The water flowed outwardly from the dam lake, roaring under my feet.

Wrecked Bridge 2

I thought it crossable, but went back a little considering the big risk.

Finally I made my mind up for crossing this part.

River Crossing

I was reluctant to dip in the freezing water, but it looked safe as a waist-deep.

Bishop Creek

Eventually I went to the opposite side without difficulty, but it is not recommended to head to 12 Mile Hot Springs when the water level is high.

The hot water is only a half-mile walk from the point, which may let people lead to risky behavior.

12 Mile Hot Springs

Pipe

I found the pool on the riverside.

The border between hot water and river water is divided by the eroded concrete looks like rocks.

Board

Little river water is mixed into the pool.

The dimension is around 13 feet vs. 100 feet.

Downstream

The depth is two feet on the river side, which becomes shallower in the cliff side.

The water temperature was perfect, 104 degrees F.

Upstream

Water was colorless, crystal clear, and odorless.

The apparent local rule is clothing optional.

Cliffside

Rocks maintain privacy to some extent if you are naked.

Gushing

The sources of the spring are widely located right under the cliff, stirring the water.

Riverside

This hot spring is truly a gem which may appeal to all taste.

Twelve Mile Hot Springs, Wells, Nevada, USA
My Favorite[4/5]
Walk-inYes
LodgingNo (Wild Camping Available)
Official WebsiteNo

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Ken Springfield