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.
It is close to the state border with Idaho.
The climate was freezing even in early spring.
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.
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.
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.
I thought it crossable, but went back a little considering the big risk.
Finally I made my mind up for crossing this part.
I was reluctant to dip in the freezing water, but it looked safe as a waist-deep.
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.
Largest in Nevada
I found the pool on the riverside.
The border between hot water and river water is divided by the eroded concrete looks like rocks.
Little river water is mixed into the pool.
The dimension is around 13 feet vs. 100 feet.
The depth is two feet on the river side, which becomes shallower in the cliff side.
The water temperature was perfect, 104 degrees F.
Water was colorless, crystal clear, and odorless.
The apparent local rule is clothing optional.
Rocks maintain privacy to some extent if you are naked.
The sources of the spring are widely located right under the cliff, stirring the water.
This hot spring is truly a gem which may appeal to all taste.
12 Mile Hot Springs, Wells, Nevada, U.S.
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No (Wild Camping Available)