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 are a handful of abandoned buildings near the intersection.
The hot spring is located on the hillside, about 1000 feet from the highway. The water is very hot, almost boiling. It flows down in a manmade channel to a small swimming pool with a bathhouse. By the time it reaches the pool it has a very comfortable temperature. Unfortunately the pool and the hot spring are on private property and are fenced off.
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, the owners of a nearby ranch 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. The buildings are visible from the highway but are also on private property and fenced off.
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. That is, as long as you don't expect any facilities. There is spotty cell phone service, but since the cell tower is on a hill above Warm Springs coverage at the intersection itself is poor at best.
The rocky hillside in the west, above the spring, is a very popular hangout for mountain sheep. They blend in very well with the rocks. But with binoculars you will soon spot one, then another... and before you know it you lose count.
From 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||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'|