Warm Springs is located at the intersection of US-6 between Tonopah and Ely and Hwy 375. This is the northern end of the Extraterrestrial Highway, about 59 miles northwest of Rachel. A natural hot spring provides abundant water, supporting an oasis of green in the otherwise very dry desert. There is a handful of abandoned buildings near the intersection.
The hot spring on the hillside, about 1000 feet from the highway, is worth exploring. The water is very hot, almost boiling. It flows down in a manmade channel to a small pool with a bathhouse. By the time it reaches the pool it has a very comfortable temperature. Unfortunately the pool is fenced off, with a clear "Keep Out" sign.
Next to the pool is the Warm Springs Bar and Cafe, an abandoned roadside restaurant from the 1970's. Both the pool and the restaurant belong to the Fallini family, who operates a ranch nearby at Twin Springs.
There are also a few larger stone cabins and a stone corral nearby. Reminders of the days when Warm Springs was a major stagecoach stop on the road to Tonopah, which was a mining boomtown in the early 1900's.
A second mining boom in Tonopah in 1979 brought new business to the new Warm Springs Bar and Cafe. The pool and bathhouse were built next door, and in the early 1980's travelers and miners could buy a bath in the naturally heated pool for a dollar. Later, when the mining boom was over and after disagreements with the operator, the Fallinis decided to close it down for good.
Warm Springs is a great spot for a rest stop, or even for an overnight camp. That is, as long as you don't expect any facilities. There is a public phone outside the bar, which is still working. But just like in Rachel you need a calling card. The phone does not accept coins.
From the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel turn left onto Hwy 375 north. Follow it for about 59 miles. Warm Springs is located at the T-intersection of the E.T. Highway with US-6 from Tonopah to Ely. Suitable for all cars.
|Rachel (Little A'Le'Inn)||N 37° 38.801'||W115° 44.760'|
|Queen City Summit||N37° 45.129'||W115° 56.733'|
|Reveille Turnoff||N38° 04.070'||W116° 04.530'|
|Nyala/Adaven Turnoff||N38° 08.980'||W116° 06.380'|
|Warm Springs||N38° 11.447'||W116° 22.218'|