Panaca Warm Springs, Nevada

Searching for hot springs, I visited a pond in a small town.

The warm water was clearer than expected.

It looked a good spot for swimming in summer.

Caliente, Nevada

Caliente is a city in the state of Nevada, whose name is derived from Spanish meaning “hot.”

Yes, there are some hot springs in the area.

Caliente, Nevada

Photo by Jasperdo – Mexico – Caliente, Nevada (2015) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It was one of the colonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and had been flourished as a spa city along the Union Pacific Railroad.

The historic station building built in 1923 is existent as a museum (the passenger service was abandoned in 1993).

Panaca Warm Springs

It is 20 minutes’ drive to northeast from Caliente to a small town, Panaca.

It is the first colony of Mormon in the current are of Nevada State, established in 1864.

Marsh 1

Panaca is one of two communities in Nevada that prohibits gambling and the only community in Nevada to be “dry” (forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages).

Marsh 3

The pond is close to the town, and it is the warm spring to soak today.

Marsh 2

In the mountain side the marsh is full of waterweeds.

In the opposite side it is dammed by a concrete wall.


There are no specific rules about clothing.

However it would be better to have bathing things in order to avoid troubles with the strict Mormon.

Crystal Clear 1

The water was clear than expected; around 84 degrees F throughout the year.

Crystal Clear 2

The pond is maintained by the community and drained once a year in early summer, which removes algae and makes it possible to keep the water quality.

Crystal Clear 3

It is deepest around dam; deeper than an adult’s height.

Gushing points are rather close to the low mountains, bubbling in the marsh.

Low Mountains

The water looks just that of a pond; not characteristic.

Only the warm temperature proves that it is geothermally heated.

Panaca Warm Springs, Panaca, Nevada, USA
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This rustic motel provides mineral water at 104 degrees F.

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