• Kyle Hot Springs is a hidden oasis in the lonely desert of Northern Nevada
• Numerous steamy springs found throughout the salty hill
Kyle Hot Springs is a hidden gem in the lonely desert of Northern Nevada. Over a hundred years ago, it was a popular hot springs resort. Now abandoned with ruins as a vivid reminder of the prosperous past, the hot springs still provide a great bathing opportunity in the secluded area of the Buena Vista Canyon near the ghost town of Unionville. The remnants of the hot springs resort are still present here for you to get connected to the history of this place.
The hot springs consist of numerous steamy springs found throughout the salty hill. The main spring comes out at about 150°F. The local residents built a concrete pool and fence around the source to keep cows out of the dangerous area.
The very hot flow gets transferred from the main source via plastic pipes into a few bathtubs located down the hill. Because the thermal water comes out directly from the springs, this is very hot. Before bathing, check the temperature and wait for the water to cool down. After soaking, empty and clean your tub, and then fill half of the tub letting next visitors to reduce the wait time and enjoy mineral water once they arrive.
There is a round-shaped 3 feet deep cement pool just a few yards away. The pool is big enough to accommodate four to six people. Depending on the weather conditions, the temperature can be between 85 and 100°F. It can be adjusted by adding hot water from the pipes.
The geothermal water has a strong smell of sulfur.
Camping is not prohibited at Kyle Hot Springs, but do not camp near the hot springs. Lodging can be found in Winnemucca, 56 miles northeast. Developed campgrounds are located 50 miles west at the Rye Patch Reservoir.
Please keep this place clean, pack out all your trash. If you have an extra bag, pick the trash that others have left.
Kyle Hot Springs | General Description
Location: Willamette National Forest
Service: No services are available
Activities: Soaking, hiking
Accommodations: Camping is not prohibited
Distance from parking: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 4,500 ft (1,372 m)
Kyle Hot Springs is located:
- 56 miles southwest of Winnemucca, NV
- 267 miles southeast of Lakeview, OR
- 407 miles southeast of Bend, OR.