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 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.
It was one of the colonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and had been flourished as a spa town along the Union Pacific Railroad.
The historic station building built in 1923 is existent as a museum (the passenger service was abandoned in 1993).
Is This the Place?
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.
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).
The pond is close to the town, and it is the warm spring to soak today.
In the mountain side the marsh is full of water weeds.
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.
The water was clear than expected; around 84 degrees F throughout the year.
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.
It is deepest around dam; deeper than an adult’s height.
Gushing points are rather close to the low mountains, bubbling in the marsh.
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, U.S.
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No