The hot springs near Carson City, Nevada were known to Washoe Indians, emigrants and settlers at the time of the California Gold Rush. They used the mineral water that is naturally heated to 121 degrees for bathing. The first person to capitalize on their curative properties was Thomas Swift, who purchased the property in 1880 and renamed it "Swift's Hot Springs.'' He built bathhouses, a clubhouse, and a hotel here.
Today, the Carson Hot Springs Resort is a modern facility with a restaurant, bar, and nightclub. However, the main attraction is still the water, which is free of chemical additives and "city water.'' It naturally contains more than a dozen minerals, including sodium, sulfate, chloride, silica, potassium, calcium, and lithium, each making its own contribution to body health and wellness.
Temperatures in the outdoor swimming pool are kept at 102 degrees in winter and 98 degrees in summer. Indoors, there are individual pools in private rooms that can be adjusted from 95 to 110 degrees. Bathing suits are required outdoors, but are optional inside. Massage services are available, too.
Open from 7am to 11pm daily, Carson Hot Springs Resort is located at 1500 Old Hot Springs Road, Carson City, Nevada 89706. There is a gift shop on site offering a selection of bath goods, lotions, and other spa products. Day use rates start at $8~$10, and discount cards are offered to frequent users.