Hot water overflows from the "punchbowl," which can be enjoyed just by looking at it.
Soaking is possible in cattle troughs set up along the river.
Even though we are in the same state of Nevada, it takes 5 hours to drive from Diana's Punchbowl to Paradise Valley Hot Springs.
Because of the topographical similarities, I want to introduce Diana's here.
A huge hole 50 feet in diameter and 30 feet deep at the top of a limestone hill 600 feet in diameter.
The water boiling at the bottom is 200degrees F; a dangerous terrain nicknamed "The Devil's Cauldron."
In Nevada, these places have not been turned into tourist destinations and are open to all.
Please note that soaking is not safe or comfortable at Diana's Punchbowl.
To get to Paradise Valley Hot Springs, take Interstate 80 to the Winnemucca exit and drive about an hour.
Shelton Lane is unpaved, so vehicles with high road clearance are recommended.
The area around the hot springs is privately owned but is open to the public through the landowner's generosity.
Make sure to pack out all your trash and belongings.
Camping is not allowed, and if you wish to stay overnight, please use the adjacent BLM land.
Right next to the parking lot, I found a circular pool of hot water with the edge rising from the ground.
It was a cauldron smaller than Diana's Punchbowl, but similar in shape.
It was assumed that the geothermal water that gushed out here formed a gently sloping hill while depositing calcareous sediments in the surrounding area, and only the part where the water gushed out remained as a hole.
It was about 9 feet to the surface of the water and it would be wise to stay away from it.
There was a small hole at the foot of a hill a short distance away, through which boiling water of 129 degrees F was overflowing.
It spilled out as a creek, along which was a simple boardwalk.
As the creek approached the Little Humboldt River, the channel appeared to be more artificially excavated.
There was one green hot tub and one blue cattle trough, both of which had been prepared by volunteers.
This area may look different each time you visit.
Around 2017, it was destroyed by river flooding.
Since the first guests had settled in the cattle trough, I decided to enjoy the hot tub.
The surrounding area was matted over the boardwalk.
The wild hot spring was unbelievably clean and comfortable.
New hot water can be controlled by twisting the red valve.
The water was numbingly hot, smooth to the touch, and had no particular odor.
Panoramic view of the meandering Little Humboldt River below.
It was very satisfying with plenty to see and do.