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Located in the quiet solitude of Nevada’s Big Smoky Valley, Spencer Hot Springs offers a unique combination of natural beauty and geothermal relaxation. These hot springs, isolated amidst stunning wilderness, provide an unparalleled opportunity for tranquility and star-gazing.

History The springs are named after a local resident, Spencer Penrose, who was known for his association with various projects aimed at preserving Nevada’s natural heritage. While their use predates written history, it’s believed that Native American tribes initially utilized the area. Today, the springs have been adapted with metal tubs and well-maintained access roads, making them an inviting destination for travelers.

How to Get There Reaching the springs involves a bit of an adventure. Located roughly 20 miles east of Austin, Nevada, the springs are most directly accessed via U.S. Route 50. A turn onto State Route 376, followed by an unmarked gravel road (known informally as Spencer Hot Springs Road), brings visitors to the site. It’s recommended to have a reliable map or GPS.

List of Attractions

  1. Hot Springs: Natural geothermal pools with temperatures ranging from warm to very hot.
  2. Wildlife: The Toiyabe Range nearby is home to Nevada’s wild horses.
  3. Star Gazing: One of the best spots in Nevada to witness clear, dark skies ideal for stargazing.

Ticket Information Primarily a wilderness area, entry and use of Spencer Hot Springs are free of charge. However, it operates on a first-come, first-serve basis for camping sites.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Always check the temperature before entering the hot springs; it can be extremely hot.
  2. Pack plenty of water and food as there are no service amenities in this secluded location.
  3. Bring warm layers for the night – while the springs are hot, the desert can get quite cold after sunset.
  4. Don’t forget your swimsuits and towels.
  5. Keep an eye out for wildlife; while they’re typically non-threatening, it’s important to respect their space.
  6. It’s a pack in, pack out site, so be prepared to take all your trash with you.
  7. Respect the quiet and the natural surroundings – Spencer Hot Springs is a place of relaxation and tranquility.
  8. Bring a star map or download an astronomy app to enjoy the stunning night sky to its fullest.
  9. Arrive early or on less popular days to secure a spot, as the springs have gained popularity in recent years.

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