Photo credit: Anthony Cupaiuolo

Photo credit: Anthony Cupaiuolo

David Walley’s Hot Springs offers a perfect ending to a relaxing weekend in the gorgeous Carson Valley of Nevada. After a long vacation of fun in the Autumn sun, it gave us the chance to relax a bit before the three hour drive home to Northern California

DestinationReviewUpon arrival, we received our towels and locker keys. The locker rooms were modern, comfortable and roomy. But the floors were wet and unclean, so I would highly recommend bringing your own flip flops for everyone in your group to avoid possibly picking up a nasty case of athlete’s foot or plantar’s warts (gross).

(Pawsitive Points Note: Pets are not welcome at David Walley’s Hot Springs.However, service dogs are welcome pursuant to ADA laws.)


Photo credit: Anthony Cupaiuolo


Once we settled into the property, we enjoyed the various temperatures of the half dozen mineral soaking pools outside. Mark Twain did, too, and he even claimed the springs cured him of his ailments in 1887!

The fresh water relaxation and swimming pool is minimally chlorinated, but the others are not all — which I particularly liked since I am a bit of a purist. We were mesmerized by the majestic views of the high desert, cliffs, mountains and valley during our indulging soaks from tub to tub in the cool and crisp mountain air.



Photo credit: Anthony Cupaiuolo

Making Friends While Soaking in the Hot Springs

We met numerous friendly folks to chat with, including a local couple. It seemed during our stay to be a good mix of locals and tourists alike. All ages, including young families and retired visitors, seemed to mingle well as they relaxed and conversed in the varied tubs. All the tubs ranged in temperature and the maintenance crew checked them often as they seemed to fluctuate by about ten degrees even during our three-hour soaking session.

It was the perfect relaxing cap to a wonderful autumn weekend in Carson Valley in Nevada, and we were finally ready to make the pilgrimage home.

Disclosure: As a working member of the media, I am furnished comped media visits for many of my assignments; the views expressed here are entirely my own but ought to be yours too.