One of my favorite little pit stops on the way north out of Vegas is this little hot spring pool just outside Goldfield, on the way to Tonopah. It’s a small tub, maybe big enough for 4 people to share cozily, with a view of the surrounding high desert.
The pool is made of mossy concrete, which can be slippery, and has a built-in bench big enough for 2 friendly people to sit on together. The water comes in fairly hot, but the temperature of the pool can be adjusted by diverting the pipe carrying the water from the source up the hill.
This little soak is technically on private land, but the owner allows people to use the springs and even to camp here overnight, as long as you clean up after yourself and camp a polite distance from the pool — there is plenty of flat ground in the area.
One caveat is that not all the citizens from nearby Goldfield have hot water in their homes, so sometimes you’ll see locals using this as a bathtub — even shaving in it, I’m told. But on all my visits, the water has seemed clean enough…and the flow of water from the source is heavy enough that it seems to flush out the pool well enough.
Overall, this is a GREAT overnight stopping point when heading north out of Vegas. It’s 7 miles off U.S. 95, but the road to get here is pretty good and mostly paved, so no high clearance/4WD needed. The road continues on past the springs to a working mine, so there is a bit of mine traffic — the occasional truck rumbling by, but nothing obnoxious.
And the stars are INCREDIBLE!
Wonderhussy rating: 10/10