Royal Peacock Opal Mine
Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge is located near Denio, Nevada and is part of the Pacific Region, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Established in 1931 to protect the imperiled American pronghorn, theRefuge is home to a variety of fish, wildlife, and plants found in this quiet remote corner of the Great Basin. More information
Bog Hot Springs
Bog Hot, as it’s known locally, is a pool of water in the desert. But it’s a warm pool, with clean water kept fresh by a strong flow. It’s the perfect place to soak tired muscles after a day of punching cows (for locals) or driving lots of miles (for visitors).
It’s a short walk to the hot springs. Visitors in wheelchairs may be able to enter the pool with some help. Soaking is the only recreation around the hot springs. Head to the nearby Steens and Pueblo mountains in Oregon, or to the Pine Forest mountains and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada, for hiking, wildlife watching and seasonal wildflowers.
Denio Junction, Nev., 13 miles from the hot springs, is one of those roadside stops where most of life’s necessities are available — gas, groceries, phone, slot machines, motel rooms and, most importantly on a hot day, ice cream. Of course, the oasis needs to be self-contained because the nearest towns are 96 miles to the south (Winnemucca, Nev.) or 118 miles to the west (Lakeview). Bring along a sense of adventure to explore this desert.
The hot spring can be used at any time. Spring through fall are busiest, but chances are good no one else will be there. Plan for a night when you can watch the full moon rise over the desert.
To get to Bog Hot from Denio Junction, Nev., drive Nevada 140 west toward Lakeview. After rounding a low range of hills at 9.1 miles, turn north off the paved highway on a gravel road (signed Bog Hot) that parallels the west side of the hills, which are the southern end of the Pueblo Mountains. Notice Bog Ranch at 3.4 miles, with its pond that invites birds and other wildlife. This is where the hot water winds up. Keep driving another 0.7 mile and watch on the left for a bare, chalky area on the desert floor. Turn here, drive a short way and notice the rivulet of hot water flowing across the desert.
The pool is free, but other than the pool, there are no facilities.