Paradise Valley Hot Springs - Hot Springs in Nevada

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.

Diana's Punchbowl

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.

Diana's Punch Bowl
Yggdråsil - Diana's Punch Bowl (2021)

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.

Smaller Punchbowl

Dirt Road 01

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.

Source 03

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.

Source 04

Camping is not allowed, and if you wish to stay overnight, please use the adjacent BLM land.

Source 02

Right next to the parking lot, I found a circular pool of hot water with the edge rising from the ground.

Source 01

It was a cauldron smaller than Diana's Punchbowl, but similar in shape.

Something's floating.
Very interesting.
Stream 02

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.

Stream 01

It was about 9 feet to the surface of the water and it would be wise to stay away from it.

Water Temp 01

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.

Trail 01

It spilled out as a creek, along which was a simple boardwalk.

Stream 03

As the creek approached the Little Humboldt River, the channel appeared to be more artificially excavated.

Stream 04

There was one green hot tub and one blue cattle trough, both of which had been prepared by volunteers.

Tubs 01

This area may look different each time you visit.

Around 2017, it was destroyed by river flooding.

Tubs 02

Since the first guests had settled in the cattle trough, I decided to enjoy the hot tub.

Soaking 02

The surrounding area was matted over the boardwalk.

The wild hot spring was unbelievably clean and comfortable.

Soaking 01

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.

River 01

Panoramic view of the meandering Little Humboldt River below.

It was very satisfying with plenty to see and do.

River 03


Paradise Valley Hot Springs, Paradise Valley, Nevada, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing optional

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 129 degrees F

  • Writer

Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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