Skip to Content

Warm Springs Nevada

Warm Springs, Nevada, a ghost town with a history stretching back to 1866, stands as a quiet testament to the ebb and flow of fortune in the American West. Originally a vital stopover for stagecoaches, its evolution into a proposed rest stop and spa in the 1970s mirrors the changing times and fortunes of this remote desert outpost.

Warm Springs Nevada Overview

Established as a stagecoach stop, Warm Springs found its niche serving travelers heading to Elko and Eureka. The town, despite its small size and remote location, briefly thrived, boasting a boarding house, store, and later, a post office. However, the town’s decline was as rapid as its rise, with advancements in transportation diminishing its role as a rest stop. Today, it stands mostly abandoned, notable for its proximity to the Extraterrestrial Highway and the enigmatic Area 51.

Learn more about Ghost Town in Nevada and Ghost Towns in the Southwest.

Learn more about Nye County:
The History of Nye County
Things to Do in Nye County, Nevada
View books on Nye County, Nevada

Year Established/Founded

Warm Springs was established in 1866.

Warm Springs Nevada History

This remote outpost served as a critical stop for stagecoaches and freight wagons in the late 19th century. Despite attempts to revitalize it as a spa and rest stop in the 1970s, Warm Springs eventually succumbed to the march of progress and isolation.

Timeline

  • 1866: Establishment of Warm Springs.
  • Early 1900s: Existence of a boarding house and store.
  • 1924: Opening of the post office.
  • 1929: Closure of the post office.
  • 1930s: Operation by a man named Wilson, featuring a large bar and several homes.
  • 1947: Purchase by the Fellini brothers.
  • Late 1970s: Attempted development into a rest stop, spa, and trailer park.
  • Present day: Status as an abandoned ghost town.

Mines

None

Railroads

No railroads directly impacted the development of Warm Springs.

Click here to view the railroads in Nevada.

Post Office

The post office operated from January 19, 1924, to June 29, 1929.

View the list and history of Nevada Post Offices.

Newspaper

There were no newspapers reported in Warm Springs.

Learn more about Nevada Newspapers

The Population of Warm Springs Nevada

The population details are unclear, but the town was small, housing a modest number of travelers and workers.

Elevation

5,423 feet (1,653 meters).

Location

Warm Springs is located in the Tonopah Basin in Nye County, Nevada, near the mountain pass dividing the Kawich and Hot Creek ranges. It sits at the junction of U.S. Route 6 and State Route 375.

GPS Coordinates

38°11′26″N 116°22′12″W

Click here to view our recommended mobile apps for the outdoor explorer and what to take on your next road trip.

Click here to view our recommended mobile apps for the outdoor explorer and what to take on your next road trip.

Speaking of mobile apps, two of my favorite mobile apps for exploring the southwest are two different mapping apps one that builds your schedule and the other helps me look to see if my rural destination is taking me to private or public lands. Highly recommend both!

Photos and Videos

Today, Warm Springs exists as a spectral shell of its past, with the still-active hot spring as its most enduring feature. Its stone ruins and remnants of failed revitalization efforts serve as a poignant reminder of the impermanence of such desert settlements. The town’s legacy now intertwines with the allure of the nearby Extraterrestrial Highway, drawing the curious to this remote corner of Nevada, where history and mystery blend under the vast desert sky.

References Used

Click here to view our list of History of the Southwest – Books and Online Resources to learn more about our amazing area!

Click here to view our list of History of the Southwest – Books and Online Resources to learn more about our amazing area!