“Points of Interest in Austin, NV”
While most visitors would dismiss Central Nevada’s Big Smoky Valley as just another ‘sea of sagebrush,’ one of Nevada’s most amazing places in inconspicuously tucked around a corner: Spencer Hot Springs. Although it has become increasingly well-known in recent years, the remote location is key to the level of relaxation that is found in this amazing geothermal hotspot. Many Native Americans residing in the area thousands of years ago likely took advantage of these lush springs, seemingly around every bend. While hot springs are common in the area, Spencer’s is a cluster of natural springs on public land. While the land is open to the public, some hot spring aficionados have made small yet significant improvements to the area throughout the years, majorly intensifying your enjoyment at the springs. With three, sometimes four, bathing spots on the premises, most of these baths are made from cattle troughs, with props constructed for the springs water to filter inside the tub. These metal tubs are ideal for winter months, as the water seems to stay warmer longer when housed in a metal container. However, one tub was created with concrete, which seems to provide a more natural experience as visitors are ground level [versus raised in a tub.] Water temperatures consistently sit around 140 degrees farenheit year-round, so Spencer Hot Springs are particularly enjoyable in the winter months.
Sitting just off “America’s Loneliest Highway,” Spencer is easily accessible and consists of a super steamy metal tub and an in-ground spring.
This could be really cool, and large and deep but it needs to be dug out. There’s one plastic trough that you could sit in, at about 96 degrees, but the two lower natural ones are a washed out and about 5 inches deep and has a lot of growth. If you need to camp around here for a night, this wouldn’t be bad, but it’s not worth the trek off 50. Also the road was very washed out right now (may 2023) and was dicey to get through in our Kia forte lol
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