Water Source

The water sources of Warm Springs

The Warm Springs are what makes this lush landscape unique within southern Nevada’s arid, desert climate. Water from more than two dozen natural springs form warm-water tributaries, which become the headwaters of the Muddy River. The warm (90°F) spring water wells up from a deep underground aquifer.

There are five major spring complexes in the area. Two of these are within Warm Springs: Cardy Lamb and Baldwin springs. The largest spring, Big Muddy Spring, is located on the 72-acre recreation area owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The remaining springs, Pederson and Plummer springs, are located on the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Muddy River
Muddy River
Lower Pederson channel
Lower Pederson channel

Warm Springs is located near the southern end of the White River regional groundwater system. The aquifers in this area are generally composed of Paleozoic carbonate rock and Tertiary sedimentary rock. The water in the aquifer comes from rain and snow in eastern Nevada and traveled underground for thousands of years before coming to the surface at Warm Springs.

Reference our interactive map to learn more about the water sources of Warm Springs, as well as its history, local resources and the wildlife native to the area.