I visited an Indian reservation in the state of Nevada.
There was a true gem in the remote area.
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation
I do not know the truth, but just feel that there is a correlation between the distribution of Indian reservations and that of hot springs.
I guess that most hot springs had been utilized by Native Americans.
If such places are worthless to settlers, these might be likely to be assigned to the area of land managed by a federally recognized Indian tribe.
The Duckwater Reservation looks also like the middle of nowhere, after 4-hour drive from Las Vegas.
Big Warm Spring
The road is unpaved around the hot spring, but is in a good condition.
A signboard says that water is sacred, however kindly the entry is allowed by the tribe.
Some hot springs in remote areas maintain the unique ecological system.
One of endangered species, Railroad Valley springfish is here in the pond.
The area is well-maintained like a park.
There are three picnic tables with barbeque grills.
A wood deck is in front of the hot spring pool.
There are two spring sources in this area; this one is called Big Warm Spring.
The water is chest-deep.
A deep hole is only the water outlet.
The great amount of water input makes even ripples on the surfaces, which is the reason for the cleanliness of the pond.
The odorless and crystal clear water sometimes looks bluish.
The water is drained via the ditch in reed grass.
Another wood deck is along the ditch.
Maybe this is for observing fish.
The flow finally creates a waterfall on the travertine mound near the village.
The water was around 91 degrees F.
A little bit cold at that time, but I could not help jumping into it due to the beautiful looking.
The clothing rule was unclear to me, but clothing should be recommended as all persons on the premises are subject to the legal jurisdiction of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe.
Little Warm Spring
It is a few minutes hike to another spring, Little Warm Spring.
The gate is closed, but anyone is welcomed as long as he keeps basic rules.
The water here is with much algae, so that soaking should be more comfortable at Big Warm Spring.
Duckwater Hot Springs (Big Warm Spring), Duckwater, Nevada, U.S.
- RuleClothing recommended
- WarmthApprox. 91 degrees F