Jersey Valley (Home Station Ranch) Hot Springs

General Description: A huge hot spring diverted into a well and piped two miles to a warm shower at Home Station Ranch
General Location: Central Nevada near the Tobin Mountains
Pool Type: Warm Shower
Pool Temps: DO NOT SOAK (Above 115° F), Warm (Below 100° F)
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Accessibility: Year Round
Restrictions: None
Elevation: 4500 feet.
Distance from road: 0.00 mile.
Map Reference: Fish Creek Mountains NV USGS 1:100,000 scale quadrangle, or Mount Moses NV USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle

Videos

The Hot Spring:

  Jersey Valley Hot Springs is in a remote desert valley with a surprisingly large amount of truck traffic and road work.  The remote dirt road is very wide and well graded perhaps because it is an access road for the Dixie Valley Geothermal Power Plant.  The hot spring emerges from the side of a hill forming a large deep pool with a water temperature over 125 deg F.  The pool is surrounded by a BLM fence to protect the free roaming cattle.  The overflow water from the hot death pit pond flows through a pvc pipe to a 6 inch diameter well.  This is one of the strangest things we have ever seen, all of the hot water goes down a well in the middle of the desert.  In the past there was a small 3 foot deep rock and mortar pool that the 110 deg F overflow water was piped to, but today only depression in the ground remains.

  At Home Station Ranch about two miles down the road at the fork in the road there is a warm shower.  The warm shower flows into a large plant filled pond that acts as a small bird sanctuary.  There are no ranch buildings left at the ranch just large trees that also benefit from the water and a large parking lot area with a water tank fill up station.  Filling up water tanks and storing machinery for road work seems to be the main purpose of the ranch today and the warm shower is a nice way for sweaty worker to clean off at the end of the day.  We guess that the well two miles away at the hot spring brings the water down to Home Station Ranch.  Its a crazy and expensive thing to pipe the hot water over two miles in such a remote place but someone thought it was a good idea.

  [We were lost when we took the video so we say we don't know what hot spring it is in the video]

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If people think that going

If people think that going out for an adventure near the Tobin mountains is a thrill, they should experience this hot spring. I have written the possible bestessay on the place. People should spend more time in such hot springs rather than wasting their money on some commercial entertainment.

This spring is history. I

This spring is history. I regret having gone there only once, about 15 years ago. Every drop of hot water is now going into the huge geothermal plant across the road. The big hot-water hole is dry as a bone. The rock-and-mortar pool is long gone. This was one of the best soaks in the state. Sad. Check it out on Google Earth, look at the old photos in that app to see the progress of end of it.

May 2014...was just at Jersey

May 2014...was just at Jersey Hot Springs. No bathing opportunities. Water coming out of the pipe at the abandoned Ranch was cold.

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