Dyke Hot Springs lie in a ravine at the north end of the Black Rock Desert, however the feeling here is far distant from the dusty Burning Man expanses and is more like the rural Nevada rancher landscape.
Accessible down several miles of gravel roads that pass by several ranch homes, the springs themselves surface at scalding temperatures into a hillside covered in thick reeds before flowing into a wide pond used by cattle for drinking. Just below the source are two bathtubs lying end-to-end with a pipe allowing water flow into the first tub and the overflow from that flowing into the second.
The water flows into the upper tub at about 115 degrees and into the second tub at a slightly cooler temperature. As such, a visit to Dyke takes some time to adjust the flow and allow for water to cool to a desirable temperature. And though it is not ideal, the large parking area allows a suitable space for camping, and its location near Black Rock makes for some incredibly clear nighttime skies.
Make sure to gas up before a trip here because the turnoff from highway 140 lies in the middle of an area signed as being 170 miles between gas stations. As of October 2016 the nearest gas available is at the Paradise Valley, Nevada junction and Fields or Adel, Oregon.