When it comes to self-care and pampering, most of us kind of push it to the wayside to take care of other things. Luckily, one of the biggest draws of the Reno area is the many natural hot springs. These springs offer everything ranging from a spa-like experience to places that are a bit more on the wild side. Whatever you’re looking for, you can soak your cares away at these five Reno area hot springs.
Benefits of Hot Springs
Visiting a hot spring is not only relaxing but also good for the soul. There are a lot of actual health benefits. Hot springs have been used for thousands of years worldwide for natural treatments, including boosting blood circulation, reducing stress, improving sleep, healing pain, and healing skin problems such as dry skin. Hot springs contain sodium, sulfate, potassium, silica, and calcium minerals.
1. Carson Hot Springs
A little way south of Reno, you’ll find Carson Hot Springs in Carson City. It’s less than a 30-minute drive, and you’ll be able to enjoy everything that this resort has to offer. They draw water up to fill their pools daily. Outdoor pools are available for people of all ages and are maintained at a regulated temperature year-round. Bathing suits are required for the outdoor swimming pool.
Inside, Carson Hot Springs offers nine private indoor pools with water from the natural springs. You can fit four people inside these, and prices are for two-hour intervals and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bathing suits are optional with the private pools. The resort also offers a sauna, fire pits, plenty of seating, a restaurant, and even a brewery.
2. Steamboat Hot Springs
Historical Steamboat Hot Springs can be found in Reno itself. It’s the longest-standing hot springs resort in Nevada and was even visited by Mark Twain and is on the state register of historic places. You can enjoy a private mineral bath for up to 60 minutes for $25 per person or $45 per couple. The outdoor tub is included in this price. You can also opt for only the outdoor tub and shower for $15 for 60 minutes, with the option to add additional time up to two hours.
With any of your visits to the hot springs, you can opt for Steamboat Hot Springs’ additional therapeutic services. Athletic massages help with sore muscles, while the detox helps to stimulate the lymphatic system to help recover from illness or ward off health concerns. The Ultimate Spa Day experience includes a 30-minute mineral bath, a 60-minute signature massage, a dry brush lymphatic treatment, and Dr. Carver’s mud body mask. Reservations can be made online and are required for all of the services at Steamboat Hot Springs.
3. Wild Willy’s Hot Springs
Located near Mammoth Lakes, Wild Willy’s Hot Springs offers beautiful views and an almost perfect water temperature year-round. Temperatures range from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll find two hot spring pools with a boardwalk leading to them. One of the pools is deeper than the other, which appeals to larger groups. Regular maintenance is performed to ensure they’re in pristine condition for your visit. While this may be a longer drive, it’s worth it to be able to spend time relaxing in nature at a place that’s relatively easy to locate. Wild Willy’s is free for anyone to enjoy.
4. Hilltop Tub Hot Springs
Hilltop Tub Hot Springs is another natural location near Mammoth Lakes. While it’s another drive, it’s perfect for a quick weekend getaway. You can visit year-round, and with an average water temperature of 100 degrees, you’ll be able to unwind and relax. You’ll have to take a short walk from the parking area, and there are no trash receptacles, so be sure to take everything with you when you leave to avoid causing issues for other visitors. The secluded location and amazing views have people returning time and time for a visit.
5. 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort
Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and a short drive away from Reno, you’ll find 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa. This year-round retreat is a true gift from Mother Nature and allows you to indulge in the mineral-rich water found in hot springs. There are seven soaking tubs and a freshwater relaxation pool. There are plenty of other things to do here as well, including the 1862 Restaurant and Saloon, store, and nearby excursions to make the most out of your visit.
Some Tips for Visiting Hot Springs
There are a few things to remember when visiting a hot spring that will make your trip more enjoyable. Remember that many people enjoy hot springs and look for relaxation just like you. With that in mind, be sure to share the space and leave the area you visit cleaner than you found it. Some hot springs can be challenging to get to, be sure to travel with a vehicle capable of handling dirt roads.
Most hot springs require a walk to find them, so be prepared to hike to your destination. Bring warm clothes to change into after your soak, as it may be a little cooler when you get out than when you arrived. Also, the temperature of hot springs constantly changes since they’re naturally fed. Be sure to check the temperature before you get in; sometimes, they may be too hot. Most importantly, enjoy yourself and have fun!
So, there you have it, the De Castroverde team’s favorite relaxing hot springs in the Reno area. Rest and rejuvenation are just around the corner, and these stunning spots may be just what you need to get your glow back. Take a weekend and head out to those farther away and return to your life a new person. Please send us a message if you have additional suggestions or places you believe we should visit. We would love to learn about other hot springs in the area to visit them for some relaxation and add them to future lists.