Fish Lake Valley Hot Well consists of a rectangular concrete pool that is filled with water that is piped in from the thermal source. The temperature in the pool is roughly 105 degrees, and the outflow from the pool trickles into two sizeable ponds where waders can share the water with waterfowl. All of this sits nearly 7 miles down a dirt road. With the possible exception of warmer weekends, it's likely soakers will be accompanied only by the panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and the sounds of water flowing and birds honking. These hot springs follow a clothing-optional custom in spite of signs prohibiting nudity.
The pool itself is a uniform 3.5 feet deep and large enough to accommodate 6 to 10 people. The surrounding ponds are significantly cooler: the nearer pond hovers around 92 degrees, and the further pond stays near 85 degrees. Both are still warm enough and perfect for a summer dip or a polar plunge in winter.
Esmeralda County offers some maintenance of the hot well area, including the addition of a stone sink basin that features a constant flow of water from a hose attached to a pump in the pond. There are also several cooking grills, a vault toilet in the parking area, and several trash cans. Although not explicitly wheelchair-accessible, it is possible to park in the dirt parking area, access the edge of the pool, and use the pool ladder installed for assistance.
Unfortunately, it is clear that maintenance is minimal and chronic trash dumping is an issue, so plan on packing out your own trash and feel free to pick up some other litter as well. Shotgun-scarred signs warn that the area may be shut down if littering and vandalism continue.
The nearest grocery stores are located in Tonopah, Nevada, approximately 60 miles away, or Bishop, California, approximately 80 miles away. This spot is secluded, so please plan accordingly. Also, do not attempt to drive the gravel road to the hot well if the road is wet or washed out.